Have you ever wondered who the most popular musicians are in Kenya?
Do they even rank in African music charts, and how much is their net worth?
Well, I have.
The same reason I decided to dive into research and guess what?
I came up with a complete list of the top 50 Most Popular Musicians In Kenya 2023.
Who are they? Find out if your favorite musician was ranked.
Let’s dive right in!
Top 10 Most Popular Musicians In Kenya 2023
Well, who happens to appear in our top 10 most popular musicians in Kenya 2023?
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You would assume they are the artists releasing hit songs after the other. Here they are.
- Sauti Sol
- Timmy T Dat
- H_art the Band
- Otile Brown
- Khaligraph Jones
- Fena gitu
Sauti Sol is an Afro-pop band that started in 2005. The band consists of four members: Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi, and Polycarp Otieno.
The group started as a Cappella group before becoming one of the most sought-after groups. Some of the band’s popular songs are Suzanna, Melanin, and Short N Sweet.
They have also won 26 awards among them, four All Africa Music Awards
Sol has a total of five albums, with Midnight Train being the latest released in 2022.
Sauti Sol is among the richest musicians in Africa. Sol has a fan base of over 1.4 million on Facebook.
Sauti Sol’s net worth is $20 million as of 2023.
Nyashinki was born Duncan Nyamari Ongegu on April 8, 1981. He is currently 42+ years old.
Duncan Nyamari started his music career as one of the Kleptomaniax bands formed in 1999. However, the band split back in 2009.
Nyashinki decided to go solo and, in the course, has released a string of hits. They include Malaika, Hapo Tu, Mungu Pekee.
He has released several albums, including two albums under Kleptomaniax as a result, has won multiple BET Awards and an MTV Africa Music Award.
Nyashinski is among the most influential musicians in Kenya.
Ongegu has a 571 Facebook fan base.
Nyashinski’s net worth is $1.5 million as of 2023.
Mejja, born Major Nameye Khadija, is popularly known as the king of genge and one the most popular male singers in Kenya. Major was born on 23 May 1986 in Nyeri, Kenya. He is currently 37 years old.
Khadija started his music career back in high school, whereby he created a group called Ghetto Clan together with his brother Wambugu.
Firstly, Nameye hit the music scene at a professional level back in 2008.
but became famous for his hit single Jana Kuliendaje while signed under Calif records.
Secondly, he has since released other hit songs such as Kamnyweso(ft Khaligraph Jones), Kanairo Dating, and Siskii.
Major Nameye has won a Chaguo la Teeniz award in 2008, among others.
Mejja has 889k Instagram followers.
Mejia’s net worth is $1 million as of 2023.
Timmy T Dat
T Dat, born Timothy Owor had a dream of becoming a musician from an early age. As a result, he would perform at beauty pageants in Ruaraka and Huruma slums.
Most importantly, he joined the music scene during the early 2000 but was not popular until the year 2004 when he released his first single, Welle Welle.
He has since become one of the most famous artists in Kenya releasing hits such as Wembe (ft Otile Brown), Kasayole(ft Khaligraph), and Usinikazie “Ndu Nyau”.
T Dat is one of the musicians signed under the music label King Kaka Empire. Timmy has 429k followers on Facebook.
Timmy T Dat’s net worth is $50k as of 2023.
H_art the Band
H_art the Band is a group made up of the most famous musicians namely Wachira Gatama, Kenneth Muya, and Mordecai Mwini.
The band started back in 2015. The artists were inspired by Sol Generation music.
It was during one of the events held at Kenya National Theatre (KNT) that they meet and formed the H_art The Band group, which translates to art from the heart.
They have come up with great songs such as Ukimwona, My Jaber(ft Brizy Annechild), and El Shaddai. This beautiful band has two albums to their credits.
H_art the Band has a fan base of 514k on Facebook.
H_art the Band’s net worth is $60k as of 2023.
Bensoul, professionally known as Benson Mutua Muia, is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and performing artiste.
Benson was on 4th March 1996 in Embu, Kenya. He is 26 years as of now.
He is also known as Papa Soul.
Bensoul started his career by enrolling himself in the Sauti Academy, where he learned more skills in music.
Mutua is signed under the Sol Generations record label. He has released hit songs such as Forget You, Peddi, and Medicine.
He won a Grammy after co-writing one of the Burna Boy songs featured in his album Twice As Tall. Bensoul has a fan base of 143 k on Facebook.
His net worth is $40k as 0f 2023.
Otile Brown is one of the most loved musicians in Kenya. He was born Jacob Obunga on 21 March 1994 in Kisumu, Kenya. He is currently 29 years old.
Brown started his music career in 2015, and in 2017 he released his debut album, the Best of Otile Bro, which consists of 16 songs.
Some of his popular songs are Woman(ft Harmonize), I Need You, and Jeraha(ft Joval).
Despite being nominated twice, Otile hasn’t been lucky enough to win an award.
Otile Brown is one of the most popular music artists in Kenya, with over 2 million Instagram followers.
Otile Brown’s net worth is $80k as of 2023.
Brian Ouko Omollo, professionally known as Khaligraph Jones or Papa Jones, is a rapper. He was born on 12 June 1990 in Kayole, Nairobi. He is currently 33 years old.
Jones is one of the most popular artists in Kenya 2023. He started his music career back in 2008.
He released his debut album, Testimony 1990, back in 2018, with 17 songs.
Omollo released another album known as Invisible Currency in 2022.
Papa Jones’ hit songs include Kamnyweso(ft Mejja), Me Siogopi(ft K.O.B.), and Hao(ft Masauti). Khaligraph has over 2 million Instagram followers.
Khaligraph Jones’s net worth is $4 million as of 2023.
Henry Ohanga, professionally known as Octopizzo, is a recording and performing artist, humanitarian, and entrepreneur. He was born on 30 October 1983 in Kibera, Nairobi.
Octopizzo had his career debut back in 2012. From a young age, he always looked up to world-famous artists such as Jay Z and Eminem.
He has released three studio albums, Chocolate City, LDPC, and Refugee. Some of his popular songs as No Signal(ft Buruklyn Boyz), Noma Ni, and Tom Mboya.
In 2021, Octopizzo became the first Kenyan rapper to make it to the Grammy Awards Consideration List.
Octopizzo is one of the most popular artists in Kenya 2023, with over 3.5 Instagram followers.
Octopizzo net worth is more than $600k as of 2023.
Fena Gitu, born Trufena Wanjiru Gitu, closes up our list of the top ten most popular musicians in Kenya. Fena was born on April 25, 1991, in Nairobi’s Buru Buru Estate.
Gitu started her music career at the age of 19 years. In 2018 she won the singing competition, ‘Fête de la Musique,’ held at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi. Since then, her music career has been on.
She has been a backup for popular musicians such as Dela and Muthoni, the Drummer Queen’s team.
Some of her hit songs are Sijaskia Vibaya, Steam, and Romantic(ft Robina).
Trufena has 383 Instagram followers.
Fena Gitu’s net worth is $1.5 million as of 2023.
Top 20 Most Popular Musicians In Kenya 2023
Who are our top 20 most popular musicians in Kenya 2023? Are you curious? Then learn about their real name and their best popular hits. Let’s go!
- Femi one
- King kaka
- Fari Athman
- Nadia Mukami
- Victoria Kimani
- Willy Paul
Wanjiku Kimani, known by her stage name Femi One is one of the most famous female Kenya musicians.
The rapper was born on 25th April 1994 in Mwiki, Kasarani, Nairobi. She is currently 29 years old.
Femi One started her music career right after high school when she was signed under the King Kaka Empire record label.
She has released two albums, Greatness, and XXV. Femi has released hit songs such as Utawezana(ft Mejja), Properly(ft Nyashinski), and Skia.
Kimani has won numerous awards, the latest being an AFRIMMA award for the best female rapper held in Dallas, Texas on November 19, 2022.
Wanjiku has over 1 million Facebook followers.
Femi One’s net worth is $40k as of 2023.
King Kaka is one of the most popular music stars in Kenya who has supported and helped other artists in getting their name out there on the Music charts.
He is the Founder and CEO of the King Kaka Empire record label, which has seen musicians such as Femi One, and Timmy T Dat, among others, rise to big stars.
He was born Kennedy Ombima on May 7, 1987, in Nairobi. King Kaka is one of the most popular musicians in East Africa.
Kaka started his music career in 2006, releasing his debut album, Tales of Kaka Sungura.
He has since released three more studio albums.
His hit songs include Asante(ft Kidum), Mistarillionare, and Wajinga Nyinyi. King Kaka has 1.8 million followers.
King Kaka’s net worth is around $5 million as of 2022.
Talking about musicians, here is one who is taking the industry by storm. Fari Athman is one of our top 50 most popular musicians in Kenya, born on 1st July 2003.
She is signed by Kioko Entertainments, acting as one of the main characters in short films for YouTube.
Kenyans have and still admire both her spurring and her musical development. She is well-known for her musical pop skills, which typically revolve around mature subjects.
She has released songs such as Nimenona, Kijana Mdogo, and Nyumba Kubwa. Fari Athman has 24.8k Instagram followers.
Fari Athman’s net worth is $50k as of 2023.
Nadia Mukami is one of the most popular musicians in Kenya 2023.
She was born on 9 November 1996. Nadia Mukami made her career debut in 2015, after releasing a song she wrote and recorded her first song, Barua Ya Siri.
Mukami has since released other hit songs such as Radio Love(ft. Arrow Bwoy), Si Rahisi, and Wangu(ft Sanaipei Tande).
She has a total of three studio albums. Nadia Mukami owns her record label “Sevens Creative Hub.”
Nadia has won two awards, Pulse Music Video and Zuri award. She has 1.7 million Instagram followers.
Nadia Mukami’s net worth is $35k as of 2023.
Swabri Mohammed, professionally known as Redsan, is a reggae and ragga musician and one of the most popular musicians in KE. He was born on 1 May 1981 in Majengo, Nairobi.
Redsan started his music career in 1998 after winning the Star Search challenge hosted at Carnivore discothèque in Nairobi.
He released his debut album ‘Seasons of the San” in 2002.
Some of his hit songs are Shoulder Back, Turn Up, and Uki Catch We Catch. Redsan has five studio albums to his credit.
He has won two awards, Kisima Music Awards, and Chaguo La Teeniez.
Redsan has 380k Instagram followers.
Redsan’s net worth is $3 million as of 2023.
Victoria Kimani is one of the most popular musicians who has put Kenyan music on the world charts.
She was born on 28 July 1985 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Kimani is a singer and songwriter starting her career back in 2009. She, however, became popular after releasing her first single, Mtoto, in 2013.
She has since released other hit songs such as China Love(ft R. City), Prokoto(ft Ommy Dimpoz & Diamond), and Show. Victoria Kimani has 759k Instagram followers.
Victoria Kimani’s net worth is $500k as of 2023.
The trio group was previously formed by three artists: Miracle Baby, Qoqos Juma, and Lexxy Yung.
They formed the sailor’s gang back in 2017, later joined by Shalkido and Masilver in December of the same year.
The group was pulled together by a love for music, comedy, and acting.
Unfortunately, the group split back, and every artist decided to go solo in 2021.
Before the split, Sailors released hits such as WAMLAMBEZ, which became a national anthem and gave them the limelight.
Others include Pekejeng and Queen B Machine. Sailors have won numerous awards, including four Pulse Music Video (PMV) Awards. Sailors had 14.8k Instagram followers.
Sailor Gang’s net worth is $32.8k as of 2023.
Willy Paul, born Wilson Abubakar Radido is a singer and songwriter born on 1 September 1993 in Mathare, Nairobi. He is currently 30 years old.
Paul began his music career as a gospel artist in 2010 with his first hit Rabuka. Willy paul later decided to venture into secular music late in the year 2022.
He has released hits such as Tamu Walahi, Toto, and I Do (ft Alaine). Willy has around six studio albums.
Paul has won two Groove Awards for male artists and artists of the year 2012. Willy Paul is one of the most popular musicians in Kenya, with over 2 million Instagram followers.
He is also one of the richest musicians in Kenya.
Willy Paul’s net worth is $8.5 million as of 2023.
Akothee or Esther Akoth is a musician and businesswoman born on 8 April 1983 in Kisumu county. She is among the top 50 most popular musicians in Kenya 2023.
She started her career in 2008 but was famously known after releasing the Nimechoka in 2014.
Esther has since released hit songs such as Give It To Me(ft Flavour), Sweet Love(ft Diamond), and Yuko Moyoni.
Esther has won six awards, among them two African Muzik Magazine Awards. She has a total of five albums to her credit.
Akothee is one of the famous female Kenyan musicians with a fan base of 2.3 million on Facebook.
She is one of the richest musicians in East Africa, with most of her income generated from her tour agency known as Akothee Safaris.
Akothee’s net worth is $10 million as of 2023.
Wahu’s full name is Rosemary Wahu Kagwi born on 22nd March 1980 in Nairobi. She is currently 43 years old.
Rosemary started her music career in 2000, releasing a hit single known as Niangalie.
She has since released hits such as Still A Liar, Feelings(ft Nameless), and My everything.
Wahu has been nominated for eight awards and won Five of them, among them a Tanzania Music Award in 2010. She has a total of four albums to her credit.
Kagwi has a fanbase of 1.8 million on Instagram making her one of the most popular musicians in East Africa.
Wahu’s net worth is $1 million as of 2023.
Top 30 Most Popular Musicians In Kenya 2023
Are you curious which artist features in our top 30 most popular musicians in Kenya 2023?
Here they are.
- Nviiri the storyteller
- Jua Cali
- Sanaipei Tande
- Size 8
- Eric Wainaina
- Daddy Owen
- Guardian Angel
- Arrow Bwoy
Nameless is one legendary artist who paved the way for many more artists in Kenya to be recognized globally and get opportunities to work with other African artists.
David Mathenge, better known as Nameless, is a pop artist. He was born on 1 August 1976 in Nairobi.
Nameless is one of the most popular musicians in Kenya, dating way back in the 1900s.
He started his music career in 1999 after participating in the star-search contest on Kenya’s urban music station Capital F.M. which he came out as a winner.
Since then he has immersed himself in the music scene releasing hits such as Back It Up(ft Wahu), Nasinzia Nkikuwaza, and Butterfly.
He has won nine awards, including an MTV Africa Music Award in 2009. Nameless has 543k followers on Facebook.
Nameless net worth is $1.3 million as of 2023.
Nviiri the storyteller
Nviiri the storyteller, born Nviiri, is one of the Most Popular Musicians In KE. He was born on March 5, 1993, in Eastlands, Nairobi.
Sande started his career under the Sol generation record label contributing to the composition of Sauti Sol‘s song Melanin.
He is a singer and songwriter, releasing hits such as Pombe Sigara, Niko Sawa(ft Bien), and Kitenge.
Nvirri has a unique songwriting style, like one narrating a story hence the moniker Storyteller. He has a fan base of 66k on Facebook.
Nviiri’s net worth is around US$122k as of 2023.
Judith Nyambura Mwangi, known by her stage name Avril is a singer-songwriter, actress, and entertainer. Avril was born on 30 April 1986 in Nakuru.
Avril is one of the most popular musicians in Kenya known for her hit songs such as Kitoko(ft L Rice), Hakuna Yule, and Nikimuona.
She started her career back in 2007 formerly signed to Ogopa Deejays. She has a total of three albums.
Avril has won seven awards among them two awards Chaguo La Teeniez Awards. Nyambura has a fan base of 1.4 million on Facebook.
Avril’s net worth is $40k as of 2023.
Jua Cali, born Paul Julius Nunda is a music legend dating back to the 1900s. He was born on 12 September 1979, in Nairobi.
Jua Cali had his music career debut in 1998 and later in 2000 together with Clemo, founded Calif Records.
He has released hit songs such as Kwaheri(ft Sana), Kiasi, and Vile Naskia(ft Wyre). Jua Cali has four studio albums to his credit.
Julius has won five albums, including a Pearl of Africa Music Award (PAM Awards).Nunda has 397k Instagram followers. Jua Cali is among the best musicians in Africa.
Jua Cali’s net worth is $16 million as of 2023.
Natasha Sanaipei Tande was born on 22 March 1985 in Mombasa. She is also popularly known as Sana.
Sana started her music career in 2004 at 19 years of age, participating in Coca-Cola Popstars (East Africa) Talent Search which she emerged as a winner.
She has released hit songs such as Mdaka Mdakiwa, Amina, and Kunitema. Tande has a total of six albums.
Sanaipei Tande has 106k Instagram followers.
Tande’s net worth is around $50k as of 2023.
Size 8 (Reborn)
Size 8 started as a secular musician but later got born again, and she’s now known as Size 8 Reborn. She was born Linet Munyali on 4 August 1987 in Nairobi.
Linet started her music career in 2008 but was famously known after releasing her hit single Moto in 2009.
She, however, crossed over to the gospel industry in the year 2012. Size 8 Reborn has released hit songs such as Afadhali Yesu, Pale Pale, and Lenga(ft Willy Paul).
She also said never to be associated with the secular music she had released before.
Size 8 Reborn has won one Groove Award for the song of the year Mateke.
Reborn has a fan base of 1.3 million followers.
Size 8 Reborn’s net worth is $1 million as of 2023.
Eric Wainaina was born on 28 August 1973 in Nairobi. Wainaina made his career debut in 2011 after his first album release, Sawa Sawa.
He has released hit songs such as Kenya Only, a song that became a national anthem.
It was mostly used after the 1998 terrorist bombing in Nairobi, where over 200 Kenyans died, being adopted as the unofficial song of mourning.
Other hits include Daima Mkenya, Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo, and Ritwa Riaku(A Kikuyu song translated as Your Name).
Eric has four studio albums and has received two awards that are the Kisima Music Awards and the Kora Awards.
Wainaina has a fan base of 204k on Facebook.
Eric Wainaina’s net worth is $950 as of 2023.
Owen Mwatia, professionally known as Daddy Owen, is contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist and songwriter. Owen was born on January 29, 1982, in Kakamega.
He started his music career back when he was still in high school but was famously known in 2004 after the release of his first album Haijalishi.
He has since released three more albums. Daddy Owen’s hits songs are such as Tobina, Kazi ya Msalaba, and System ya Kapungala.
Owen has two awards: MTV Africa Music Awards and Kisima Award.
He has 227k Facebook followers.
Daddy Owen’s net worth is $8 million as of 2023.
Angel is among the most popular musician in Kenya and has risen to the top charts in the local and international scenes.
Guardian Angel, Audiphaxad Peter Omwaka, is a gospel dance hall reggae/raga musician. He was born in the year 1989.
Guardian started his music career back in high school in 2011. When still in high school, he scooped ten awards, making him the first Kenyan student to scoop ten awards in National High School music festivals.
He later worked on releasing his first solo album living Bread, in 2012.
Guardian Angel hit songs include Yesu Sio Mwizi, Nadeka, and Kuongozwa.
He has won numerous awards including a Groove Award. Guardian Angel has a fan base of 500k on Instagram.
Guardian Angel’s net worth is $55.5K as of 2023.
Ali Yusuf known by his stage name Arrow Bwoy is one of the most popular artists in Kenya 2023. He was born on 25th May 1993.
Arrow Bwoy focuses primarily on love songs with hit songs such as Kai Wangu and Kai (ft Nadia Mukami), and Digi Digi.
Bwoy started his music back in 2012 as part of the Qbic crew. Arrow Boy has a fan base of 838k on Facebook.
Arrow Bwoy’s net worth is $69.5K as of 2023.
Top 40 Most Popular Musicians In Kenya 2023
- Stella Mwangi
- Gloria Moliro
- Mercy Masika
- Muthoni drummer queen
Victor Mbuvi is a contemporary gospel singer, comedian, and TV presenter.
Born in Zimbabwe, He started his career back in 2000 a year after his mother died.
He sourced his music inspiration from his Mother.
Mbuvi formed a group called Injili, with music producer R Kay and another friend. He later recorded Nisamehe, his first and the song that gave him the music limelight.
Victor’s hit songs include Kwata Kawaya, Ni Maombi, and Nishike. Mbuvi has won Five awards, among them two Groove Awards. Mbuvi has a fan base of 102k Instagram followers.
Mbuvi’s net worth is around $1 million as of 2023.
Charles Njagua Kanyi, professionally known as Jaguar, is one of our top 50 most popular musicians in Kenya 2023. He was born on October 13, 1982, in Nairobi.
He is a politician, singer, and philanthropist. Jaguar had his music debut back in 2004 releasing his first Utaweza Kweli with the record label Mandugu Digitali.
Other Jaguar’s hit songs include Kigeugeu, Take It Slow(ft Zikki), and Kioo. Jaguar has a following of 470k Facebook followers.
Jaguar’s net worth is $5 million as of 2023.
Stella Nyambura Mwangi also known as STL is a singer, rapper, and songwriter. She was born on 1 September 1986 in Murang’a.
She practiced playing music at the age of 8 years and started a professional music career back in 2007.
Mwangi has released hit songs such as Haba Haba, Lookie Lookie, and Matata (ft Achuu). She has two albums to her credit.
She has won numerous awards and honors, including a Melodi Grand Prix in 2011. Stella has 346k Facebook followers.
Stella Mwangi’s net worth is $1 million as of 2023.
Wangechi Waweru is a rapper, singer and songwriter. She was born on 19 January 1994 in Nairobi.
Waweru started her career in 2013, releasing her debut mixtape Consume – Chakula ya soul.
She has released hit songs such as They Don’t Know(ft. Fena Gitu), Used To It, and Romantic Rivals(ft Wakadinali).
Wangechi has two albums, the second is Don’t Consume If Seal Is Broken. Waweru has 87.7k Instagram followers.
Wangechi’s net worth is $1.5 Million as of 2023.
Gloria Owendi, professionally known as Gloria Moliro, is a gospel musician and songwriter. She was born on 1 April 1980 in Emanyinga, Vihiga county.
Owendi started her music career in 2005, releasing her first debut album Omwami Aletsa (The Lord is Coming).
She has since released six more albums. Moliro has released popular songs such as Nakubaliana, Narudisha, and Huniachi(ft Reuben Kigame).
Gloria has won several awards and nominations in Kenya and Africa and received great recognition.
Moliro is one of the most popular singers in Kenya 2023, with over 1 million Facebook followers.
Gloria Moliro’s net worth is $1.5 Million as of 2023.
Mercy Masika is one of the most popular music stars in Kenya. She is a Gospel recording artist, songwriter, and composer.
Masika’s love for music started at a tender age before growing into the big name that she has become. She was making good music when she was still in class 6.
However, it was until 2002 that Masika was able to music professionally. She is known for her being soft-spoken and humble, which is a rare gem in the industry.
Her hit songs include, Mwema, Dubai(ft Christina Shusho), and Shule Yako. Mercy Masika has released five studio albums and won numerous awards. She has a fan base of 1 million on Facebook.
Mercy Masika’s net worth is $95.6K as of 2023.
Cecilia Wairimu, professionally known as Amani, is a singer and songwriter. She was born on 28 November 1980 in Thika, Kiambu county.
Amani has been in the music industry since 1999 and was one of the first female artists to gain music limelight during those days.
Amani released her first debut studio album in 2006, Tamani, which includes her most popular song Ninanoki. She released another album, TBA, released in 2015.
Some Amani hit songs include Kiboko Changu(ft Radio and Weasel), Usiwe Mbali Nami(ft AY), and Tonight.
Wairimu has won nine awards, including an MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 and she has 85.6k Instagram followers.
Amani’s net worth is $5 Million as of 2023.
Muthoni Drummer Queen
Muthoni Ndonga, known by her stage name Muthoni Drummer Queen is a rapper, drummer, and cultural entrepreneur. She was born in Nairobi.
Queen started her music career in high school, and in 2004, when still a student, she organized her first concert with the help of her friends.
The same passion led her to create the festival Blankets & Wine in 2008. She has also founded another event called festivals Africa Nouveau that involves East Africa.
She has released hits such as Link Up, Nai Ni Who, and Power. Muthoni has 49.4k Instagram followers.
Drummer Queen’s net worth is 44k as of 2023.
Kevin Mbuvi Kioko, professionally known as Bahati, was a Gospel artist, now a secular musician, as well as a reality TV star. He was born in December 1994 in Makueni county.
Bahati started his musical journey during his high school years. However, he rose to a professional music career as a gospel artist in 2012. The same year, he linked up with J. Blessing and L.B films after releasing his first hit single, Siku Ya Kwanza.
Kioko has won numerous awards, including a Groove Award in 2014, for best male gospel musician.
Bahati’s hit songs include Machozi, Sweet Love(ft Diana), and Mi Amor. He has a fan base of 2.3 million on Facebook. He is also one of the richest musicians in Kenya.
Bahati’s net worth is $15 million as of 2023.
Sosuun, born Frediana Nafula, is among the top 50 Most Popular Musicians In Kenya.
She was born on 1st January 1991. She is currently 32 years old.
Frediana Nafula started her music career back in 2012, signed under GrandPa records.
She became famous after featuring in the song Fimbo Ya Tatu which featured all the artists under the GrandPa record label.
Sosuun has released hit songs such as Kufunikwa, Vile Inafaa, and Sura Ya Kazi. She has a fan base of 75.7k on Instagram.
Sosuun’s net worth is $1.1 million as of 2023.
Top 50 Most Popular Musicians In Kenya 2023
- Emmy Kosgei
- Jose Gatutura
- Suzanna Owíyo
- Chris Kaiga
- Nikita Kering
Kevin Waire, better known as Wyre, is an R&B and reggae musician and one of Kenya’s most famous music stars.
Wyre started his music career in 1996 and is among the many musicians who have built and paved the way for other Kenyan artists.
He hit the world charts doing collaborations with world stars such as Alaine, Cecile, and Morgan Heritage. He is among the best musicians in Africa.
Wyre is among a few artists who have maintained an industry presence actively since the late 1990s. He has achieved this by having several collaborations locally and internationally.
Kevin hit songs include Nakupenda Pia, She Say Dat, and Fimbo Ya Tatu(by Grandpa government). He has won four awards, among them two Kisima Music Awards.
Wyre has released two studio albums. Wyre has a fanbase of 106k on Instagram.
Wyre’s net worth is $1.3 million as of 2023.
Wakadinali AKA Rong Rende is a music group made of three members:Scar Mkadinali, Domani Munga and Sewer Sydaa.
The group is based in Nairobi’s Eastland area. The group was founded in 2003 by Scar and Domani, who schooled together before Sewer joined them.
It focus mainly on the Hip-Hop genre of music. The group became popular after their first hit single, Avoid Those People.
They have released other hits such as Nyara Nyara, NjegeMasanse, and XXXL.
The group won seven awards during the first Unkut HipHop awards in 2019, including best Rap Group 2019, Best Album, Song, and Collabo of the Year. Wakadinali has 106 Instagram followers.
Wakadinali net worth is $16.4K as of 2023.
Samuel Muchoki Ndirangu, known by his stage name Samido is a traditional musician who has revolutionized Mugithi music giving it a modern touch.
Muchoki was born on November 1, 1990 in Subukia, Nakuru County. Besides being a musician, Samido is also an Administration Police Officer.
His brother Kariz Magic, a renowned Mugithi singer, inspired him to venture into music.
He has released hit songs such as Nairobi City, Murata Wa Ngai, and Wendo Wi Cama(ft. Joyce Wamama). Samido has a fan base of 1.6 million on Facebook.
Samido’s net worth is $50K as of 2023.
Emmy Kosgei was born on July 22nd, 1980 in Mogotio, Baringo county. She mostly does her songs in her native Kalenjin dialect.
She was born to Bishop Jackson Kosgei and her mother, Reverend Rose Kosgei, some of her greatest pillars in music. Emmy always sang in the choir where her parents ministered, and in this way, her musical talent grew.
Emmy joined a professional music career and became popular after releasing her hit single Taunet Nelel, in 2015. Other Kosgei hits songs include Jehova Mastewandenyu, Taai, and Ategisin Jehova.
She has around seven gospel albums to her credit. She has won numerous awards, including Best International Gospel Act UK. Emmy Kosgei has a fan base of 656k on Facebook.
Emmy Kosgei’snet worth is $600k as of 2023.
Jose Gatutura, born Joseph Kanyi Kigio, is among the leading Kikuyu Mugithi artists known all over Kenya. He was born and raised in Nyandarua.
Gatutura began performing cover songs by other famous Kikuyu artists in Nairobi nightclubs in the 2000s. His journey grew immensely in 2007 when a great fellow mentored him to write songs and play the guitar.
Jose has released popular songs such as Tuirio Twega, Njui Ya Nja, and Thii Ukiumaga. Gatutura has 781k Facebook followers.
Jose Gatutura’s net worth is $40.8K as of 2023.
Suzanna Owiyo was born on May 10, 1975, in Nyakach, Kisumu county. She was introduced to music at a tender age by her grandfather, a prolific Nyatiti player.
She showcased her talent even in high school, where she won many trophies at provincial and national music festivals.
In 1998, Owiyo joined a Nairobi-based singer Sally Oyugi as a backup vocalist. She later started her solo career, releasing her first single in 2003 named Sandore.
She has released other hit songs such as Kisumu 100, Nga’to Gi Mare, and Wamiel(Let’s Dance). Suzanna has three studio albums.
She has won numerous awards, including a Kisima Award for the Most Promising Female Artist of 2003. Suzzana has 92k Instagram followers.
Suzanna Owiyo’s net worth is $540k as of 2023.
NaiBoi, born Michael Kennedy Claver, is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. He was born on 30th November.
NaiBoi started as a music producer back then, known as Rapdamu, in 2003. His first collaboration was for the song Welle Welle(ftd by T Dat).
He became popular after the release of Daktari which he featured Frasha giving him recognition in the Kenyan music scene. Kennedy Claver has released hits such as Usipime Mwanaume, Problem, and Dinda.
NaiBoi has a total of four albums. NaiBoi has a fan base of 250k followers on Facebook.
NaiBoi’s net worth is $700k as of 2023.
Chris Kaiga began his music career as a music producer in 2009. He became popular after releasing Zimenice in 2019.
However, he recorded his first song in 2011 but never released it, saying he just wanted to feel how it sounded to produce a song in the studio.
One artist who hasn’t had it easy is Chris. His success did not come about overnight. He has been in the game for nearly ten years, learning about the industry and honing his craft, which has helped him take the path he has taken today.
Chris Kaiga has released hit songs such as Hapo Tu(ft Nyashinski), Chain Chain, and Next. Chris Kaiga has never disclosed much about his age. He has 75.7k Instagram followers.
Chris Kaiga’s net worth is $87.8k as of 2023.
Nikita Chepchumba Kering’ is an uprising music artist and the most popular musician in Kenya 2023. Nikita was born on February 26th, 2002, in Nairobi.
She started her career at an early age but gained publicly when she sang during Emmy Kosgey’s album launch in 2012.
She was noticed by the EmPawa Africa group and later selected to undergo an international training and mentoring program, where she won.
Nikita has since received a lot of limelight, releasing hits such as Ex, Better Than Ever, and On Yah. Nikita Kering has 337k Facebook followers.
She has won five awards among the four All Africa Music Awards.
Nikita Kering’s net worth is $80.6K as of 2023.
Hubert Mbuku Nakitare, known by his stage Nonini is a hip-hop recording artist, entertainer, radio presenter, businessman, and philanthropist.
Nonini closes up our top 50 most popular musicians in Kenya 2023. He is referred to as the Godfather because of how popular he is.
Nonini was born on 2 October 1982 in Nairobi county. Nonini started his music career back in 2002 back hen in a music group name P-unit.
He founded the group of rappers Bonnie, Frasha, Gabu, and himself. He has released popular songs such as Manzi Wa Nairobi, Furahiday(ft Nameless), and Si Lazima.
Nonini has won seven awards and numerous recognitions, including being named one of the 100 most influential Kenyans by The Standard newspaper. Nakitare has three albums to his credit. Nonini has 109k Facebook followers.
Nonini’s net worth is $8 million as of 2023.
Popular musicians in Kenya include music bands and solos from new artists to old artists.
The most popular Kenyan music artists have also broken many records regarding singles sold, the number of albums sold, and features in making some of the biggest local music hits.
This list ranks the top 50 most popular Musicians in Kenya 2023. The list is compiled based on their fan base, sales records, and awards received by them.
I hope you enjoyed the list of the top 50 most popular musicians in Kenya 2023.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to those possible questions as a fan you would like to know about your celebrity.
Who is the most popular musician in Kenya right now?
The most popular musician in Kenya right now is the famous Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol, which consists of four members: Bein Aime Baraza, Savara Mudigi, Willis Chimano, and Polycarp Otieno. The band has released some of the best hits in Kenya that have seen their feature even in the World Music charts.
Who is the most popular singer in Kenya?
The most popular singer in Kenya is Nyashinski. Nyashinki has become popular for releasing sensational music that resonates with people’s situations, such as relationships. People also like how he can rap with witty lyrics and tonality, producing beautiful and bizarre music.
Who is the Billboard No one singer In Kenya?
The Billboard, no one singer in Kenya, is Otile Brown, ranked the most watched artiste in Kenya by American Billboard. This is the famous digital charting and award scheme platform based in America. Otile became well known after releasing his hit single “Imaginary Love,” which features Khaligraph Jones.
Who is the most loved musician in Kenya?
The most loved musician in Kenya is Otile Brown, who has won the hearts of over 2 million subscribers on Instagram. This makes him one of the most followed artists in Kenya. Otile Brown started his career in 2017 with a debut album, “Best of Otile Brown.”
Who is the biggest pop star in Kenya?
Sauti-sol is an afro-pop band made up of the biggest pop stars in Kenya. The band has released hit songs played all over and beyond Africa. They have won a total of 26 awards, which is the most awards won in Kenya.