True Music returns to Nairobi for a special Boiler Room x Ballantine’s global broadcast, celebrating one of the most exciting emerging music scenes in Kenya. It’s time to get down to some high-energy sounds from the latest fire emerging scene of Gengetone. A genre with roots in Kenyan genge-rap, dancehall and reggaeton. Characterised by its Swahili slang - ‘sheng’ - lyrics these beats were made for those that love to move.

30 Jan 2020


Since the genre’s beginnings in 2018, the rise of Gengetone has seen a resurgence of support for homegrown music. Gengetone is largely banned on Kenyan radio but despite this, the scene has grown organically from the pure grassroots passion of the local sound innovators. This new wave of artists are attracting huge audiences across the country; using social media, the local club scene and local party mini-buses (matatus) to spread the word.

True Music Nairobi features some of the scene’s most exciting up and coming and more established artists. With high energy live sets from Femi One, Boondocks Gang, Rico Gang and Ochungulo Family, alongside DJ sets from DJ Lyta, DJ Kalonje and DJ Tryce for one party that’s not to be missed.