The Kenyan urban music scene is a male-dominated arena. However, over the years, female singers in Kenya have managed to create fan bases for themselves. From pioneers such as Wahu and Amani, all the way to the current crop of female singers such as Vivian, Nadia Mukami, Gin Ideal, Phy and Rosa among others, there is no doubt that more and females are taking their spots in the industry.
Like every other industry, talent is a key factor in the success of an artist. Below are some underrated singers whose immense talent should fill our airwaves:
Lisa Oduor Noah
The Berklee College of Music graduate, vocalist, arranger and song-writer is one of Kenya’s most powerful vocalists. Her music is mainly Afro Pop and RnB. Her acoustic live performances are out of this world. Lisa Noah-Oduor has also performed on the Coke Studio Africa Stage. She had done collaborations with other singers such as Noel Nderitu and Kato Change among others. Her music career boasts of songs like Today and Daylight among others.
The Taurus Musik signee has the lungs of steel and an unmatched vocal range. She recently released her Christmas Album titled ’12 Beats of Christmas’ in which she has featured other Kenyan superstars such as fellow signee Trina Mungai, Mordecai Dex, Dan Aced, Sage and Wyre among others. She has also done amazing covers of songs such as Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl and Excess Love (Swahili version).
The singer and songwriter has star quality vocals and is definitely a singer to watch out for. Her deep and unique voice has entertained tons of fans live on various stages. Her music repertoire features songs such as Regrets and Dear Ex.
She made headlines when she won the Kiss TV Music Reality Show, The Search. Her powerful vocals have enabled her to carve a niche for herself in the Kenyan Music fan base. Her song Piga Mdomo was a certified banger that received good radio airplay. The Sauti Academy graduate recently released songs from her EP Wine On A Wednesday, where she has worked with musicians such as Shappaman, Barak Jacuzzi and Ema Cheruto.
The soft-spoken singer is definitely a star to watch out for. Her song Coka Mucie is a song that you need to hear. She also does covers which she shares on her YouTube & Sound Cloud accounts and also performs live on various gigs.
She is a vocal powerhouse with a unique vocal range. Her performances are soulful and pleasing to the ear. She has worked on a number of projects with other Kenyan musicians such as Suzziah and Mbithi. Her latest release is the song Boy in which she was featured by rapper Mbithi.
Check out their music and be sure to revamp your weekend music playlist.