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Vanessa Mdee to Ruby: Tanzanian female artists giving Kenyans a tough run

I was so tempted to use the line ‘forget the Wasafi crew members’ on my title but I am glad I have finally done so, ha!

Anyway, we all have come to know and most of all celebrate the WCB crew’s talent and their sudden rise. Their success has seen them take over East Africa and Africa at large and we can’t just ignore their influence.

However, let us not forget that there is a new crop of female Bongo artists who are slowly but surely giving Kenyan artists at large a run for their money.

This crop has picked from the foundation that the likes of Saida Karoli, Ray C and Lady JayDee laid decades ago and are already building stronger pillars for the next generations.

We take a look at these artists who are giving the likes of Avril, Akothee, Victoria Kimani, Fena Gitu and Wangechi a run for their money.


willy paul and Nandy (1)

The self proclaimed ‘African princess’ is already causing more than ripples in Kenyan entertainment scene with two songs, ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Njiwa’ in collaboration with Willy Paul.



The petite talented singer is best known for her hit song, ‘Na Yule’ and my favorite ‘Ntande’ which she released five months ago.

She once openly confessed that she is Victoria Kimani’s number one fan when it comes to Kenyan artists.

Rosa Ree

The Tanzanian bad girl is a hip hop artist who’s flow can only be rivaled by our very own Khaligraph.

She has already made her name known in Kenyan scene with two songs which she has featured Timmy Tdat.

Queen Darleen

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Many only know her as Diamond Platnumz half sister but her talent is undeniable.

Her ‘Kijuso’ jam which she featured Rayvanny controlled Kenya’s airwaves and her latest ‘Muhogo’ song has been well received.

Vanessa Mdee

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He’s by far Tanzania’s musical queen who has been in the industry for almost a decade now.

She had been in the industry for a while but many Kenyans knew her after she released ‘Me and you’ featuring Ommy Dimpoz.

Aika (Navy Kenzo)

navy kenzo

Aika is the girlfriend to Nahreel and the two are the members of Navy Kenzo.

She has been slowly making major moves with every song the two touches turning into gold.

They are best known for their ‘Kamatia’ song but she has also done solo projects.

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