For many people, Africa is synonymous with music. Traditional music appears integral to life on the continent, celebrating daily rituals and major milestones, but nowadays the reality is different. Many African people have become distanced from traditional culture as a result of economic migration to urban areas, in some cases generations ago.
Exposure to various kinds of music in towns and cities has led to the emergence of new styles that draw on both popular and traditional influences, representing some of the most exciting music in Africa today; nowhere has this happened more than in Kenya. This article will examine the Kenyan pop scene in detail, within the country’s broader musical context.
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