Conversations with people has made me realise that people will listen to an album once, hype it and then NEVER listen to the album again.
To me, that is not a good album.
To me, albums that are considered classics are those with listening value over and over again, pushed boundaries, defines an era, had influence on the people among other things.
And I think we need to push Kenyan artists to move from dropping singles to actually releasing full length projects.
I asked on Instagram what albums people thought would be considered classics (without including compilation albums like Ogopa 1 etc) and got the following responses:
- Ismarwa – Gidi Gidi Maji Maji
- Siku Njema – Ukoo Flani
- Necessary Noize I and II
- Pulpit kwa Street – Juliani
- Scratch to Reveal/82 – Just a Band
- Baisikeli – Valerie Kimani
- Jeshi ya Katululu – Sewer Sydaa
- Mtaa Mentality – Juliani
- Fenamenal – Fena Gitu
- Twende Twende – Eric Wainaina
And in no particular order, Kenyan albums that I replay over and over.
Some new, some old, ALL VIBES.
- Winyo – Benga Blues
- Kevin Samuel Mbugua – Queen of Hearts (I have the actual CD since the music is not on streaming)
- Jivu – Hayawi Hayawi
- Kwame Rigii – Cama Wendo
- Kato Change, SURAJ, Winyo – Sazile EP (Yes it is new. Yes it is 4 songs but I cannot get enough. So So Good)
- Valerie Kimani – Baisikeli
- Mutoriah – Dive In
- Eric Wainaina – Sawa Sawa, Love and Protest
- Ayrosh – Murasta, Fire EP
If I was to talk about compilations, I’d speak about Waithaka Ent, EA Wave etc