Here is a small collection of the music that surrounds us. Literally – almost daily we take a matatu – public transportation that is essentially a better version of an american party bus. They have huge speakers and tv screens and flaunt recording artists, basketball teams and brands ( such as timberland) as decorations.
We spent one evening scouring youtube for the titles of our favorite songs. Here are the ones we love hearing on our commute – mainly pop, hiphop and dancehall. There are so many we couldn’t find and will be adding later.
Sauti Sol – Kenyan Afro-pop band
Live and Die in Africa – This video was shot in Nairobi and portrays a much more real setting than many videos.
Yemi Alade – Ft. Sauti Sol – Nigerian Star made famous through a talent tv show
Pantoranking – My woman, My everything (Carly’s favorite) – Nigerian artist
Teknomiles – Nigerian Artist
It’s only appropriate to share a few songs from Diamond Platnumz – he’s everywhere. He is a “bongo flava” artist from Tanzania.
Nakula kwa macho – means “eating with eyes” in swahili – aka its a smooth pick up line
Eddy Kenzo – Zigido (seeing success) is about a boy who grew up in the slum and flourish because of his hard work and faith in god
P-square – Nigerian twin brothers who signed a contract with Akon’s recording label.
Alkaline – Jamaican Dancehall Artist – Yes his eyes look weird (they are tattooed) – also this is an essentially all around crude video- but we couldn’t leave it out.