5 Most Interesting Podcasts in Kenya Right Now.

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Zack & Mel Music Podcast

Zack & Mel Music Podcast. This is a biweekly music podcast hosted by two young guys with expensive taste for music. They often discuss and dissect hip-hop music scene — both the local and international markets — and at times other genres of music. As opposed to the majority of the music podcasts that focuses on controversies and internet trolls within the industry, Zack & Mel Music Podcast puts priority on the music — the quality, composition, lyrics, and everything else that matters as far as music is concerned. Check out episode 11 of the podcast featuring Robert Yawe where they discuss Spotify’s arrival in Kenya and what that means for the Kenyan music scene.

Episode 14 of Zack & Mel Music Podcast. They discuss Nipsey Hussle legendary status, Nas finally winning a Grammy, Fabolous being underrated, prenuptial agreements (with Kanye West & Dr. Dre as case studies), Kenya’s music sound, Jua Cali, among other topics.

The Mics Are Open

It could be argued that The Mics Are Open podcast is wildly popular because all of the 3 hosts are radio hosts. It won’t be much melodramatic to say that G Money, one of the co-hosts, has a resume that is real enough for two millenniums¹, considering the experience he has garnered from working in the radio scene for more than a decade. The hosts meet weekly to catch up on what’s going on in their personal lives, football, and some exciting trending topics. One hundred episodes and counting! Check out the recent episode 100.

100 episodes and counting!

Straight From Turkana

Yes, Turkana we have a podcast! Straight From Turkana is a relatively new podcast by two young men from Turkana county. They are 12 episodes in by the time of writing of this article, and it’s safe to say that they’ve literally never missed yet. The hosts are using their platform to demystify the stereotypes about Turkana, while at the same time having fun discussing topics such as relationships and money. Check out “Camels for the Uncles” episode featuring radio host and The Mics Are Open’s podcast co-host, G Money.

Straight From Turkana podcast featuring G Money

Surviving Nairobi

An urban sensational podcast with more than 100,000 downloads, Surviving Nairobi is a hard-to-classify-but-popular podcast hosted by two young Nairobi-ans — Hafare and DJ Ivy. Sometimes, with the help of guests, the hosts discuss how to navigate through life in the city of Nairobi. In the past episodes, they have discussed topics such as mental health, relationships, business, music, among many others. You can find their podcast from all major podcast distribution services.

Nipe Story

Nipe Story, a Swahili word that translates to “tell me a story” is a biweekly short stories podcast hosted by Kevin Mwashiro. Prior to starting the podcast, Kevin was a BBC journalist. His podcast often explore Africa-based stories and uplifts the queer community. You can find his podcast on SoundCloud.

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