Love is Kenya by Penya Africa


I know this is a whole week later but I don’t care. I just have to share this because one whole week later, I’m STILL thinking about it. What is it? Allow me…

It was a beautiful pre-Valentines night, Feb 13th 2010, and I was the Kenya National Museum with a few friends and family. I had just walked past a picture gallery depicting the results of the 2007 post-election violence. At the end of the entrance walkway, I thought to myself: Kenyans have a decision to make. Either they will shun violence and political madness or they will bury more and more of their people over more of the same.

Now, here’s what I’ve been thinking about all week. The music! It was put together by Penya Africa, which I think is a record lable although I stand to be corrected on this. What I did like was that it wasn’t a bunch of sexual, misguided, typical and unoriginal music. It was music that made sense and some of it was socially conscious. It was original and beautiful and I honestly was so so impressed with the whole thing. I’m glad I waited a week to tell ya’ll about it coz now I can pinpoint which of the artists stood out to me. I loved them all (some more than others 🙂 ) Stan, Muthoni, Just A Band (?), Dela, Sauti Sol and my very personal favorite FENA. I even liked Alpha, who I’d never heard of before (don’t ask me what rock I was living under during his big debut in Kenya). 

I know some of my readers are in Kenya so tell me; what did you think? What DO you think about Dela? Sauti Sol? FENA? What do you think what do you think what do you think? I’m dyyying to hear what you guys think about these and other Kenyan musicians so please do tell me about it in the comments section.

Congrats Penya Africa, for a job well done!


About miamor2111

I decided to stop watching life pass by and join in instead. This year is all about saying "yes" to life, opportunity and ideas thus this blog. Like many people, I've wanted to start a blog, and like many people I chickened out. In fact, this is my second serious attempt. Welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me. Feel free to leave all sorts of comments, any time and I promise to do my best to reply. Feel free to compliment, complain, criticize, communicate...whatever floats your boat. See you soon :-)

6 responses »

  1. I Loved dela and FENA- Fenamenal! Dela has a beautiful voice and her style afrofusionish jazz is quite unique……also the message in the songs are meaningful…..FENAs song was soo inspiring am proud to be black and an African for that matter!

    Stan was pretty new to me ….but his RnB rocks (oximoron!) lol….but yeah Go penya!

    • I agree I agree. The only thing I wish is that FENA had done a few more songs. I’ve been singing that “Black, African and Proud” song for the longest time since the show. Loved Dela’s style too. She has good chemistry with her audience.

      Haha re: Stan. That was the first time I saw him in concert and I was impressed. He was tres smooth 😉

    • Yvette I’m so sorry it took me a while, while, whiiiiile to approve and reply to your comment. Ummmm, it’s nice to see that someone else agrees. I just really wish someone from PenyaAfrica would write us and tell us what’s what with Fena’s album. We need more. Must we riot or shall they listen?

  2. hi its nice to here all of you helping out africa its time we all africans joined in and helped out too so sauti sol am in kenye embu and would love to do some songs for you as in with you am your hugest fan may sound a cliche but am for real please get back to me on my email address am 18yrs and female

    • Hi Winnie, thanks for stopping by. I couldn’t agree more with you: it’s definitely time for Africans to step up to the plate and support each other’s efforts. I think I MIGHT know someone who knows someone who knows Sauti Sol so I’ll try to let them know that you’re asking 🙂

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