The Rise Of Gengetone Music

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The term “wamlambez” and “lamba lolo” are not new terms to our ears as Kenyans. Gengetone has shown an appraisal since the silence of genge music. Gengetone and Ghipuka are said to be subgenres of genge. Ghipuka was popularised by Kenrazy in his time while gengetone was brought to life by the boy-band Ethic in 2018 with the song ‘lamba lolo’

Gengetone has been one of the most influential waves amongst our youths who are upholding their way of life that is their music, language, way of dressing, hairstyles and many more behaviours they could incorporate. The fathers of gengetone who are the beginners of genge started in the suburbs of Nairobi and were coined by Producer Clemo at Calif records and were popularised by the musicians of the time; Jua Kali and Nonini who also greatly support gengetone music.

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What is Gengetone really about?

The gengetone artists have incorporated both Rastafarian and trap music to their own but mostly have the rastafarian culture with them. They use sheng and swahili as their main language but also incorporate some local dialect in them. They are vulgar in their language too as they talk about sex, women and drugs necessarily bhang. The KFCB headed by Dr.Ezekiel Mutua have termed their music as pure pornography and have restricted their songs to only clubs and bars.

Just like Nonini, Juakali, Pilipili and Jimw@t rose in their time is the same way Ethic, Boondock gang, Sailors and single artists like Gwaash have boomed in this time of their own too. It is not yet stated whether their affluence is for the negative or the positive but so far our elders claim that the youths of today are spoilt. Music is also not being supported as much due to lack of content but at least the artists are tabling something of their own.


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