It’s not strange that Kenyan musicians, deejays and radio presenters have been recently involved in a debate about the popularity of Kenyan music. However, there are opinions and then there are facts.

The year 2018 was one of the most interesting for Kenyan music in the recent past. There were concerts, album launches, collabo’s and new releases and comebacks. Even so, the guys from Boomplay have reliably listed will surprise you. Housing millions of songs and videos, connecting music lovers with their favourite songs anytime and anywhere, you get the assurance that this list isn’t made up.

All this data extended from December 2017 to November 2018. Let’s get in to the excitement!

MOST POPULAR GENRES OF 2018

1. Afropop & Afrofusion
2. Christian & Gospel
3. Afrobeat
4. Hip-Hop & Rap
5. Pop
6. World Music
7. Bongo Flava
8. Reggae
9. RnB & Soul
10. Dancehall

Most Popular Genres on Boomplay
Most Popular Genres on Boomplay
TOP 10 MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2018 (most viewed)

1. Iyena – Diamond Platnumz Ft Rayvanny
2. Short N Sweet – Sauti Sol ft Nyashinski
3. Malingo – Willy Paul
4. Baby love – Otile Brown
5. NJIWA – Willy Paul and Nandy
6. Jibebe – Mbosso & Lavalava
7. Atarudi – Harmonize
8. Ten Over Ten – Bahati
9. Love You Die – Patoranking ft. Diamond Platnumz
10. Rider – Khaligraph Jones ft Petra

Top Music Videos on Boomplay
Top Music Videos on Boomplay
TOP 10 ARTISTES OF 2018 (Most played)

1. Harmonize
2. Sauti Sol
3. Nyashinski
4. Khaligraph Jones
5. Aslay
6. Rayvanny
7. Tekno
8. Bahati
9. Yemi Alade
10. Naiboi

Top 10 Artists on Boomplay
Top 10 Artists on Boomplay
TOP 10 TRENDING ARTISTES OF 2018 (Based on number of times song appeared in Top 100 Kenya chart)

1. Nyashinski
2. Harmonize
3. Aslay
4. Sauti Sol
5. Khaligraph Jones
6. Tekno
7. Rayvanny
8. Bahati
9. Diamond Platnumz
10. Naiboi

Trending Artists In Kenya according to Boomplay
Trending Artists In Kenya according to Boomplay
TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2018 (Most played)

1. Testimony 1990 – KHALIGRAPH JONES
2. Mungu Mkuu – EVELYNE WANJIRU
3. The African Princess – NANDI
4. Life Is Eazi, Vol. 2-Lagos To London – MR EAZI
5. By Special Request, Vol. 2 – DON MOEN
6. Queen – NICKI MINAJ
7. Best Of Emmy Kosgei – EMMY KOSGEI
8. Nimefika – E-SIR
9. Hymnbook – DON MOEN
10. A Boy From Tandale – DIAMOND PLATINUMZ

Top 10 Albums 2018 in Kenya
Top 10 Albums 2018 in Kenya
TOP 10 SONGS OF 2018 (most played)

1. Kwa Ngwaru – HARMONIZE FT DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
2. Short N Sweet – SAUTI SOL FT NYASHINSKI
3. Bebi Bebi – NYASHISNKI
4. Melanin – SAUTI SOL FT PATORANKING
5. Jibebe – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ FT LAVA LAVA & MBOSSO
6. Njiwa – WILLY PAUL FT NANDY
7. Vimbada – MOJI SHORTBABA FT JABIDII
8. Atarudi
9. 2 in 1 – NAIBOI
10. Katika – NAVY KENZO FT DIAMOND PLATNUMZ

Top 10 Songs 2018
Top 10 Songs 2018
TOP 10 TRENDING SONGS OF 2018 (appeared most in the Top 100 Kenya chart)

1. Malaika – NYASHISNKI
2. Mungu Pekee – NYASHISNKI
3. Narudisha – GLORIA MULIRO
4. Happy Birthday – HARMONIZE
5. Hayawani – NYASHISNKI
6. Natamba – ASLAY
7. Zilipendwa – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
8. Love You Die – PATORANKING FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
9. Bebi Bebi – NYASHISNKI
10. Melanin – SAUTI SOL FT PATORANKING

Trending Songs in 2018 - Boomplay
Trending Songs in 2018 – Boomplay
TOP TEN MOST ENGAGING SONGS (most liked, shared and/or commented on)

1. Kwa Ngwaru – Harmonize ft. Diamond Platnumz
2. Short N Sweet – Sauti Sol ft. Nyashinski
3. Bebi Bebi – Nyashinski
4. Melanin – Sauti Sol ft. Patoranking
5. Girl Next Door – Sauti Sol ft. Tiwa Savage
6. Malaika – Nyashinski
7. Hayawani – Nyashinski
8. Jibebe – Diamond Platnumz ft. Lava Lava & Mbosso
9. Kasayole – Khaligraph Jones X Timmy tDat
10. Happy Birthday – Harmonize

 

About Boomplay

Since its inception, Boomplay has provided a rallying point in the digital music ecosystem by driving more customers to mobile music consumption. As part of its aim to build the largest and most sustainable ecosystem for artistes and music lovers in Africa, Boomplay prides in ensuring that intellectual property is protected and artistes are able to make revenues off their music sales.

Boomplay currently boasts of over 38 million users globally and in 2019, the platform is tipped to announce more partnerships with major labels and aggregator services in order to expand its catalogue, as well as fully launch its iOS app, which is currently in beta phase.