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10 Kenyan stars who are Spotify’s most exported musicians in 2023

By Sinda Matiko December 6th, 2023 2 min read

In the dynamic world of music streaming, the popularity of Kenyan artists extends far beyond their home borders, and Spotify’s annual reports shed light on the global impact of their music.

The streaming giant’s data for 2023 reveals a fascinating lineup of the most exported Kenyan musicians, showcasing their international reach and influence.

1. Idd Aziz: Afro-House Maestro Takes the Crown

Surprising many, afro-house singer Idd Aziz claimed the top spot as the most exported Kenyan artist in 2023, outshining his peers with global streams. Despite his music receiving relatively less airplay within Kenya, Aziz’s international success has been notable. Most of his streams came from the United States, Germany, France, South Africa, and Spain, reflecting the diverse appeal of his music.

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2. Sauti Sol: Consistent Global Presence

Following closely is the renowned Sauti Sol band, securing the second position for the third consecutive year. The band, which topped the list in 2021, continues to enjoy substantial international recognition, with a fan base extending beyond Kenyan borders. Their global streams showcase the band’s enduring popularity and influence on the global music scene.

3. Bien Aime (Sauti Sol): Vocal Dynamo Maintains Impact

Bien Aime, the standout vocalist of Sauti Sol, secured the third spot in this year’s rankings. Known for his powerful vocals and musical prowess, Bien Aime’s solo impact reaffirms his status as a key player in the global music landscape.

4. Otile Brown: Chart-Topping Success Continues

Otile Brown, who claimed the top spot in 2022, now settles at the fourth position. The artist’s consistent international appeal is evident in his streams from various regions, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.

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5. Karun: Rising Star with Global Acclaim

Karun makes a significant leap from sixth position in 2022 to fifth in 2023, showcasing her rising status as a global music sensation. With streams pouring in from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa, and Nigeria, Karun’s diverse fan base contributes to her international success.

6. Jeff Kaale: Hip-Hop Artist Retains Presence

Jeff Kaale, a notable hip-hop artist, drops to the sixth position this year, maintaining a strong global presence. His streams from the US, Germany, France, the UK, and Canada highlight the widespread appreciation for his music.

7. Lexsil: Otile Brown’s Protégé Holds Strong

Lexsil, mentored by Otile Brown, secures the seventh position, showcasing the enduring impact of his music globally. With streams from the Dominican Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, the US, and Spain, Lexsil continues to make his mark on the international music scene.

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8. Nikita Kering: Rising Star Ascends the Rankings

Nikita Kering climbs from the 10th position in 2022 to the eighth spot in 2023, solidifying her position as a rising star with international acclaim. Her music enjoys substantial play in the US, UK, South Africa, Germany, and Nigeria.

9. Ayub Ogada: Posthumous Recognition Continues

The late traditional musician Ayub Ogada, who passed away in 2019, secures the ninth position posthumously. His enduring presence on the list reflects the timeless appeal of his music, with streams coming in from the US, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany.

10. Xenia Manasseh: US-Based Artist Breaks In

Breaking into the top 10 for the first time is US-based Xenia Manasseh. Her international debut in the rankings underscores the global recognition of her music, marking her as a promising artist on the rise.