List of The Best Music Producers in Kenya. A music producer or record producer is a recording project’s creative and technical leader, commanding studio time and coaching artists, and in popular genres typically creates the song’s very sound and structure. The music producer, or simply the producer, is likened to a film director. The executive producer, on the other hand, enables the recording project through entrepreneurship, and an audio engineer operates the technology.
Kenyan music industry is growing at faster rate than ever before. But the question is, who is responsible for the super rapid growth of the industry: musicians, fans or producers. Of course, it is a mixture of the categories. Musicians are releasing hot lyrics with “educative” contents, fans appreciate the works of the musicians by purchasing the records and attending the shows. But before the music reaches the fans, it goes through a series of technical processes called Production. So who are these people performing the technical processes or rather handle the Production process? Not fans, not artists (in most cases). The Producers handle the production. The producers should be respected because they are the people who give us the end product. They edit and produce the final products to the internet or to the world.
Varying by project, the producer may also choose all of the artists, or openly perform vocals with them. If employing only synthesized or sampled instrumentation, the producer may be the sole artist. Conversely, some artists do their own production. Some producers are their own engineers, operating the technology across the project: preproduction, recording, mixing, and mastering. Record producers’ precursors were “A&R men,” who likewise could blend entrepreneurial, creative, and technical roles, but often exercised scant creative influence, as record production still focused, into the 1950s, on simply improving the record’s sonic match to the artists’ own live performance.
Advances in recording technology, especially the 1940s advent of tape recording—which Les Paul promptly innovated further to develop multitrack recording—and the 1950s rise of electronic instruments, turned record production into a specialty. In popular music, then, producers like George Martin, Phil Spector and Brian Eno led its evolution into its present use of elaborate techniques and unrealistic sounds, creating songs impossible to originate live. After the 1980s, production’s move from analog to digital further expanded possibilities. By now, DAWs, or digital audio workstations, like Logic Pro and Pro Tools, turn an ordinary computer into a production console, whereby a solitary novice can become a skilled producer in a thrifty home studio. In the 2010s, efforts began to increase the prevalence of producers and engineers who are women, heavily outnumbered by men and prominently accoladed only in classical music.
Here is a List of The Best Music Producers in Kenya
Here are some of the dopest music producers in Kenya who are catalyzing the music industry giving it vigour, purpose and a sense of direction.
This one of the veteran music producers in Kenya who made careers of top artists in Kenya that have remained relevant to date. He owns a music studio with the name Decimal Records that has been in operation for the past 23 years.
Eric Musyoka is a hitmaker and music producer. He has made his bones producing some of the popular names in music, in turn shaping the tune of the music industry. The feathers in his cap include names like Ukoo Flani Mau Mau, Bamzigi, Wyre, Nameless, Peter Miles, Nonini, Kleptomaniacs, P-Unit, Juliani, Daddy Owen, Elani, Just A Band and Sauti Sol. His recording label, Decimal Records has also produced a song you might have heard – ‘Drinx Na Mayenx’ and Morgan Heritage’s latest album ‘Loyalty’. As a film sound producer, he has worked on local films like ‘Nairobi Half Life’ and numerous commercials for major corporates.
He studied Audio Technology at SAE Institute of Technology New York in the US. He spoke to JACKSON BIKO via phone.
Born in Nairobi Kenya in 1982, Eric Musyoka is a prolific music producer who has worked with a myriad of Kenyan and regional artist for the last 18 years. He started producing music in 1997 at the famous Sync Studio under the tutelage of Muhammud Omar, Ambrose Mandugu and Ted Josiah. He was part of a rap group called Nannoma, that comprised of four high school friends, Mike, Tony and Steve.
The group performed together up to 2001 when Eric decided to pursue a career as a music producer, working with Ukoo Flani Mau Mau. His first artist to record and produce was Juliani, Zakah and Kah. He did hits for Ukoo Flani and Mau Mau such as, Dandora LOVE, DC na Sisi, Angalia Saa, Punchline Kibao among others. He later went on to become the head producer at Homeboyz Entertainment working with artists such as Prezzo, TID, SEMA, Mr Lenny, Bamzigi, Nameless, AY, Wyre, Peter Miles, Nikki and Nonini. His biggest hits at the time included Keroro, Leta Wimbo, Nataka Kudunda, Watasema Sana, Make a Choice, Muwala, Nipe Nikupe, Hii Ngoma, Furahi day among others. He collaborated with East Africa’s heavy weights like Proffesa Jay and Kleptomaniaks to produce Njoo; a runway hit track in both Kenya and Tanzania. After winning Kisima Producer Award for the year 2006, Eric proceeded for further studies at the famed SAE Institute in New York. Upon completing of his studies he came back and set up shop establishing Decimal Media house, which focuses on Music Production and Audio Post Production. He went on to sign P-Unit whom he nurtured and turned into regional mega stars by producing for them hits such as Juu tuu Sana, Kare, Hapa Kule, You Guy, Mobimba and most recently Weka Weka. P-Unit went on to win the coveted Channel O Award in 2013. He also signed Afro-Pop singer Monique.
He calls himself the beat king, and truly he deserves the name. Blame it on your ignorance if you have no clue about who this badass music producer and his recent successful works. So these hit songs that have been reigning the airwaves since the year began are works of his hands, he has worked with Timmy Tdat, Otile Brown, just to Menton but a few.You will agree with me that Magic Enga is a genius whose hands are super gifted as every other artist he works with, sort of becomes successful.
Magix Enga is indeed one of the reputable brands in Kenya and the most controversial producers in Kenya. Earlier in his peak he announced he’ll be charging at least Kshs 40,000/- per recording. A decision that brought uproar in the industry because many of the low earning artists in Kenya felt it was outrageous.
He is also known to have brought and worked with many upcoming artists like Alvindo, Boondocks Gang amongst many others.
He’s one of the most daring producers he recently took down 2 major songs down belonging to Harmonize from Tanzania just when he moved out of Wasafi records and Tekashi69’s release when he was just fresh out of jail.
Among the most popular gospel music producers, he has earned his rightful position somewhere there. Working with Size 8, and Willy Paul on the TamTam Remix was a breakthrough for the gospel industry. He has worked with other artists in the gospel industry to promote its relevance and we look up to him with so much admiration.
4. Saint P
He has been doing his thing for a while. You remember Sari Sari by Dk kwenye beat fr Antoneosoul, wasn’t that so beautiful and creative of him? He is a master of the fame with experience and skills. Saint P has worked with other Gospel artists like Bahati, Kambua, Eyko Didda, Jimmy Gait, Rufftone.
He is better known as Robert Kimanzi.He is one of the most sought-after music producers across East Africa who has won multiple awards and has worked with the best of the best. He is the one who produced Mafeelings by Dela . He has also worked with Bobby Wine, Kidum, Lady Jay Dee, Ray C, Professor Jimmy Gait, Oliver Mtikudzi, Mercy Masika, Suzanna Owiyo
Vicky Pon Dis is hands down the best Music Producer in Kenya and he is known to have been behind so many hits and has held a reputable brand “Simba Sound Records” on his recording label, many producers like “Magix Enga” who recently launched his own brand “Magix Empire” have passed through his record label and has maintained his reputation and growth in the ever noisy Kenyan music industry.
Simba Sound Records is Located Near Mirema Springs
Those club bangers that get you in the mood on Friday night, you should be saluting this guy for hits like, Wabe, Eish, and others. Born Paul Kibukosya, Ulopa, gained popularity in the last decade having produced the hottest hits of the 2000s. His journey, however, did not start as a producer. Ulopa comes from one of Kenya’s most prominent music families, the Kibukosyas. His grandpa, Peter Kibukosya, was one of the composers of the Kenyan national anthem. Peter’s son and Ulopa’s uncle, Gido Kibukosya, is one of Kenya’s veteran artists who married fellow musician Susan Gachukia. The two have a son, Marcus who was a member highly successful band Camp Mulla. This rich musical background opened Ulopa up to the potential of music and gave him an opportunity in that space.
Located in: Riara Group of Schools Primary Main School
Address: Riara road, Subsahara Offices, Nairobi, Kenya, Kenya
Being an artist and a producer at the same time is brilliant. Naiboi has produced a lot of hits from his Pacho Records studio and his work is dope. Michael Kennedy Claver professionally known as Naiboi is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, recording artiste, music producer and record label CEO. In 2014, he made the switch from being solely a music producer, under the moniker Rapdamu, to a recording artiste, and with the switch came a change of name to Naiboi. His collaborative records, “Welle Welle” in 2014 featuring Timmy Tdat and “Daktari” 2015 featuring Frasha gained him notoriety and recognition in the Kenyan music scene as a recording artiste of note.
Pacho Records has been up and about doing hit songs. Ilogos has particularly produced hits like 4Mulla, Adabu by Dela fr Hart The Band and doing so much more. When Irakoze Teknologos aka iLogos touched down in Kenya from homeland Burundi in 2016, his only business was coming to supervise one of his dad’s projects. Additionally, he was also scheduled to meet with a Kenyan musician to potentially work on music. After a two month stay, the Kenyan syndrome got to him, and before he knew it, he was a proud convert infatuated with the people and culture of the 254 capital, Nairobi.
Taurus Musik is one of the largest production houses signing up best artist, across East Africa the likes of Dela, Alicous Theluji, Lady Jay Dee. Kagwe Mungai is one versatile artist, who has been acknowledged as an in-house producer by Taurus Musik. He was the brains behind Nishike by Sauti Sol among other big hots that introduced him as an artist. He is trending with his latest hits Baas Baaas and Till The End, where he was the producer and artist. He is surely good at what he does.
Marvine alias Mavo is a music producer and owner at Marvine Music Studio located at Umoja Innercore, Nairobi. Mavo’s brand as a producer has been on the rise with great artistes appreciating his work and craftsmanship. He has worked with artists like Vivian, Sudi boy, Kansoul, Gwaash, Mbogi Genje, Sailors, Jua Cali and Maddox. He produced Stivi Simple Boys Hit Song Freshi Barida
Audio Elite Focus, located in Nairobi, Kenya is one of the leading best recording studios known for it’s customer relation and quality production. At Audio Elite Focus you’ll get to meet some of the finest top rated producers and sound engineers in Kenya known to bring out the best in their recordings with both upcoming and mainstream artists
You’d love to work with them in your next big audio project?
Khaligraph Jones owns Blue Ink Studios and Motif is the main man that has bee producing all his latest hit songs. Motif Di Don is also one of the major self made brands when it comes music producers in Kenya. He is known to be behind some of the biggest hits that brought Khaligraph Jones into the lime light like “Em Besha” Motif Has worked his way up the ladder and is still keeping the reputation fresh.
This is another artist-producer who has proved to be one of the best producers in Kenya at the moment. Raj, as many of you know him singlehandedly produced his album dubbed B.A.E that some good jams. He worked with other Kenyan artistes such as Notiflow and Kahligraph in his Music Bank studio.
After working with Sauti Sol for a long while he decided to go out there and help other artists to make it in the entertainment industry. Did I mention that Cedo is very good with piano, and he is a devoured family man. He has worked with legendaries like Nyashinski, Avril.Let’s not go without showering him with accolades for the beautiful Malaiki song and Mungu Pekee, Aminia by Nyashinski, he did a good job.
Bizzi B is a veteran Gospel producer who has been in the industry since the days of Gospel fathers.
Willy Paul Msafi is a bona fide singer, performer and an electric song writer and his latest single ‘Fanya’ is off the hook without a shadow of doubt and is a clear testimony of his greatest works.
The gospel singer has done it all.
The song’s beats (thanks to the top-notch producer Bizzy B) and the flawless High definition music video (thanks to the ravishing, talented Enos Olik) only makes the song even better in audio and visuals respectively.
He has his own stable called S-bar International. He has played a pivotal role in Willy Paul’s career. Some of Willy Paul’s hit songs he has produced include; Jigi jigi which has over 5 million views on youtube, Fanya which earned Willy Paul a spot as Hassan Joho‘s campaigner, the controversial song Digiri which sent tongues wagging in the Gospel fraternity.
Hamadoo on the beat is one of the most promising music producer in Nairobi, Kenya. Recently he has worked with major brands like Nyashinski, Sanaipei, Ssaru, Ethic, Band Becca, Naiboi, Arrow Boy, Kristoff and many others.
Hamadoo is known for a humble personality and a quick work flow. He is one of the most promising music producers in Kenya that you’d love to work with this year.
Ogopa Deejays are a Kenyan music production team and record label formed in the late 1990s who gained regional fame and popularity due to standards of their production work.
The people behind Ogopa DJs are brothers Francis and Lucas Bikedo, and manager Banda. They rarely show their faces in public and do not agree to have their photos taken or published by Kenyan media.
The team started out producing hit songs for artists such as Bebe Cool, Chameleone and Redsan. They are widely acclaimed to have helped boost the Kenyan urban music scene from obscurity. They are also credited with creating the Boomba (sometimes referred to as Kapuka) style of Kenyan music which is modern hip hop and dancehall influenced by African drums and rhythms. They later formed Ogopa Productions which apart from music production also organizes events. They revolutionised Kenyan music in the early 2000s.
They have released three compilation albums and several albums by their artists. Their first album was released in 2001 and was widely popular in East Africa. It also introduced fans to the talent of the late E-Sir and K-Rupt. They are famous for their logo of a red face screaming.
A music producer from Virginia, United States, gave the group a chance to showcase their musical talent in 2003. Tickets sold out about three hours, a record time for this group. Ultimately the show was a huge success and the group planned to start a world tour in 2013.
Their studios are located in South B estate of Nairobi. They have also started a sister label operating in Namibia and South Africa, known as Ogopa Butterfly. They have produced for Namibian, Windhoek based girl duo, Gal Level, and Kenyan-Namibian musician Faizel MC.
In 2018, Ogopa Deejays and Calif Records co-hosted the Ngoma Festival at Uhuru Gardens.
Clement Rapudo Sijenyi (born June 2, 1980) better known as Clemo, is a music producer and co-founder of Calif Records based in Life Ministry House near Hurlingham Business Center along Jabavu Road in Nairobi, Kenya.
He won an award for “Producer of the Year” at the 2007 Chaguo La Teeniez awards (CHAT Awards). He won the 2005 Best Producer category at the Kisima Music Award and was nominated for the 2006 competition.
He is the founder of Ngomma VAS, a company that awards royalties to Kenyan artists through views on YouTube and distributes local music to various media houses in Kenya and abroad.
Tedd Josiah (born 1970) is a music producer from Kenya. He started as a musician, first briefly with the group Ebony Affair before forming a new group, Hart in 1993. The group was disbanded in 1995 and Josiah joined Sync Sound Studios as a producer. In 1999 he left Sync Sound Studios and formed Audio Vault Studios. It was renamed to Blu Zebra in 2002.
He is credited for producing compilation albums called ‘Kenyan, The First Chapter’ and ‘Kenyan, The Second Chapter’. The two albums featured Hardstone, Kalamashaka, Gidi Gidi Maji Maji, Necessary Noize, In-Tu, Jimmy Gathu, Maina Kageni, Pete Odera, Ndarling P and Ugandan musician Kawesa
Josiah is also the founder of Kisima Awards, the premier annual musical awards held in Kenya. He was given producer of the year prize at the Kisima Awards in 2004, but he rejected it citing his position as an organiser of the awards. Next year he resigned from its organizing committee.
Tedd Josiah has worked with many of the most popular Kenyan performers like Poxi Presha, Suzzana Owiyo, Achieng’ Abura, Abbi, and Didge among others.
Tedd Josiah has most recently produced for up and coming new artists such as Iddi Hemed, with hit song Usijali and Pace Kenya with his song Napata .
For the 2007 General elections, Josiah campaigned ODM and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga. During the post-election crisis Josiah felt his life threatened and moved to London 2008, ending his career as a music producer
He is an award-winning producer in the Kenyan music scene. He is known for tight hip-hop tracks. He has worked with a variety of artists such as King Kaka, Nonini, and Wangeci. Provoke started as a sound engineer at Sub-Sahara Records before he went on to start his own label, Provoke Music in 2013.
Phillip, commonly known as “Philo” is the founder of Mainswitch Sounds. He has worked with artists such as Jaguar, Daddy Owen, and Papa Dennis and some of his bangers include Kipepeo, Huu Mwaka, and Kioo by Jaguar.
Red Republic Studios is one of the best recording studios in Nairobi. With the Sound Engineer and producer Majic Mike, he has been known to lift and hold up the brand name to where it is as at now. Featuring among the Groove Awards Nominees he is known to have taken home numerous awards.