Spotify has announced Spotify Wrapped, the annual lookback at the most streamed artists, songs, albums and playlists.
This year’s numbers show that there has been an increase in local music consumption by 184%.
The most streamed Kenyan song is the 2021 hit song ‘Kishash’ by Lilmaina ft Ndovu Kuu, followed by ‘Geri Inengi’ by Wakadinali featuring Sir Bwoy, Bien and Aaron Rimbui’s ‘Mbwe Mbwe’ is third on the list, followed by Nyashinki’s ‘Properly’, featuring Femi One. Bien’s makes another top stream entry with ‘Inauma’ closing off the top five most streamed Kenyan songs.
Drake clinches the top spot once more as the most streamed artist in Kenya for the second year in a row, followed by Burna Boy, who is the only African artist in the top five most streamed artists locally. Chris Brown, The Weeknd and Future round up the top five. All these artists released albums in 2022, which likely accounts for their high streams among Kenyans.
‘Last Last’ by Burna Boy takes up the top spot making it the most streamed song in Kenya this year. Rema’s ‘Calm Down’, released in February, clinches second place in the race for top streamed songs in Kenya in 2022. ‘Finesse’ by Pheelz, featuring BNXN and Buju comes in third, with Oxlade’s ‘Kulosa – A colors show’ in fourth place. Lojay and Sarz’ collaboration on ‘Monalisa’ is paying off, making it the fifth most streamed song.
The top streamed local artist honour goes to Sauti Sol, also for the second time, followed by Wakadinali. Buruklyn Boyz, who are part of Spotify’s RADAR Africa programme, are the third most streamed Kenyan act in Kenya this year. Otile Brown is down one spot from last year, making him the fourth most streamed Kenyan artist, with Nyashinski rounding up the top five.
Burna Boy has had a great year with ‘Love, Damini’, the top streamed album in Kenya. Ayra Starr’s ’19 & Dangerous’ lands in the top two, followed by Rema’s ‘Rave & Roses’. Ed Sheeran’s ‘=’ is the fourth most streamed album in Kenya this year. Top streamed artist Drake makes another comeback with his album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ in fifth place.
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