Gone are the days when a person had to walk from one brick-and-mortar outlet to another looking for music videos and albums. In the modern age, a person only requires to log in online and download the desired type of music tune. The service may either be subscription based or a one-off purchase. Kenya has not been left behind when it comes to downloading Kenyan music. In actual fact, the number of download sites has been increasing by the day.
Here are The Top 5 Websites to Download Kenyan Music Online:
1. Skiza Tunes
Skiza Tunes is undoubtedly the most popular download site for Kenyan music. This can be credited to the fact that it is operated by the largest cellular phone network in Kenya “Safaricom ltd”. Due to its large coverage, it is easy and convenient to locate music tracks from Kenyans. You only require 75 cents (0.009 US dollars) to download a tune straight into your phone. The tune will be renewed every day at midnight. Alternatively, you can also download a song for a one-off fee of Kshs 5 ($0.06) .The www.skiza.safaricom.co.ke service also allows a user send a tune to another person. A downloaded track may also be used as a person’s phone ringtone.
Mdundo.com is one of the newest sites offering download service for Kenyan music. “Mdundo” is a Kenyan term meaning musical beat. Since its inception about four months ago, it continues to appeal to many people. It is regarded as being Kenya’s iTunes store and allows users from any part of the world to get the latest Kenyan music as well as older music from its archives. More than 100 top Kenyan artists are signed with www.mdundo.com .This allows the site sell their music as mobile downloads straight to their mobile phones. Payment for the download includes the use of special scratch cards as well as Kenya’s mobile money transfer known as M-pesa. 5 songs go for 100 Kenya schillings ($ 1.2 US dollars).
Kenyanvideos.com provides a platform where music artists can market their music. It also allows a person download the latest music videos from Kenya as well as other regions. The site gives access to all genres of music which include Taarab, rumba, soukous, Kigoco, afro pop, Kenyan soul, genge, kapuka, and much more. In order to have access to the music videos, a person needs to register online at www.kenyanvideos.com where he will also get the latest information on entertainment news, Top hits, and much more.
4. Get Mziki
Get Mziki is fully owned by a company based in San Francisco known as Get Mziki LLC. The company collaborates with one of Kenya’s leading entertainment groups known as Black star Entertainment Ltd. The firm also has stretched in other regions of Eastern Africa which include Uganda, and Tanzania. Get Mziki standout from the rest due to their unique marketing concepts that concentrate on building local East Africa music instead of trying to ape western strategies. The close relationship between record labels, producers, DJs, and artists offers high quality musical content. Currently, the most downloaded tracks from www.getmziki.com include “Muthoni’s Nai ni Who, DK Kwenye beat’s Asusu, and Jimmy Gait’s Signature”.
Kentunes.com is one of the most popular download sites for Kenyan music. The online resource has been providing a variety of music for people looking for authentic Kenyan music. This paid for service is regarded as one of the best download site for Kenyan music due to its high security features. All that a person needs to do is register an account which he will use to purchase the music at a minimal fee. A user is also notified of any new releases on a frequent basis. The site also offers special promotions and discount offers to attract users. Genres of music that can be downloaded from their site at www.kenyatunes.com include Afro-fusion, Afro –Jazz, Benga, Folk, Gospel, Genge, Kapuka, Hiphop, Kigoco, Rumba, Urban, Zilizopendwa, Sokous, Mikatiko, and much more.
Many artists as well as listeners are continuing to embrace and appreciate music downloads. Previously, this was not the case due to poor regulation and also lack of sufficient knowledge. However, due to better regulation and public awareness campaigns, users are able to enjoy high quality music and videos, while the artists reap from their effort. If the above list of 5 websites to download Kenyan music online is anything to go by, it is clear that regulation from organisations such as Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has indeed minimised illegal or unpaid for downloads.