Pioneer Genge tone artists Mbogi Genje reinforced their reputation as the hottest group this year by winning the coveted ‘Group of The Year Award’ at Kisima Awards last Sunday.
They upset favourites Sauti Sol, and in the process, elevated a genre of music associated with the ghetto to mainstream entertainment.
Mbogi Genje, who comprise of Smady (Antony Odhiambo), Guzman (Teddy Ochieng) and Militant (Malaka Yuen), was mused from the dusty streets of Kayole. Their genre of music is genge tone and they have one album to their name.
On its part, Sauti Sol consisting of ( Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno) has five albums under its belt. Many expected the multiple award-winning Acapella group to walk away with a Kisima, given the runaway success of their album Midnight Train.
But the Kisima was for Mbogi Genje to imbibe from. “To Jah be the glory and to our lovely fans thanks for this far,” they wrote on Instagram.
Kenya Film Classification Board Chief Executive Ezekiel Mutua enthused over the group’s victory. “Now I have to learn sheng. This Mbogi Genje generation must be redeemed. They are making a statement,” he said. Sheng is a creole of English and Swahili and is part of Nairobi’s urban lingua.
Now I have to learn sheng. This Mbogi Genje generation must be redeemed. They are making a statement. . . Congratulations to the Zamaradi Production for winning the 1M Clean Content prize!Posted by Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS on Tuesday, December 15, 2020
The Kisima Music Awards, founded in 1994 by Pete Odera and Tedd Josiah, recognise musical talent in East Africa. They have several categories among them Afro-fusion, Asian Music, Boomba Rap, Contemporary Gospel, Eastern Benga, Western Benga, and Hip hop.