These Are 11 of Kenya’s Best Viral Videos

From Kenya's own salt bae to Sauti Sol and bonoko, here are popular videos that only Kenyans will truly understand.

QHits is a new Kenyan show from internet-TV service Showmax that mixes the best of Kenyan and international web videos into a seamless show hosted by the charming former Miss Kenya Rachel Mbuki.

To celebrate the launch of QHits and Showmax’s arrival in Kenya, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Kenyan videos online. From music and dance videos to people making hilarious mistakes caught on camera, Kenyans love to watch internet video. But be careful where and when you  watch the following, or you might find yourself in the matatu laughing hysterically.

Check out 11 of Kenya’s favorite internet videos below:

Makmende in Just A Band’s  Ha-He

This was the first Kenyan viral video to go global in 2010. It featured a hero of our childhood called Makmende. A work of our imagination, Makmende makes all the villains scared and all the girls swoon. Check out this video from Kenyan favorites “Just a Band.”


This Nairobi street boy talking about how the cops shoot you and then plant a fake gun became an instant hit. Thus, the Bonoko. The narration was remixed as a song and it made the guy famous. He got the nickname "bonokode" and he is now a radio presenter. His narration brought him from grass to grace.

Sauti Sol’s Nisike

When this song came out it got all the girls hot and they watched the video over and over again. Some of the guys were not amused and were hating on Sauti Sol. But what to do with men like this?—you know the thirst is real. We often talk of team mafisi but this time team mafisilett were out of the closet.


Kenyans were buzzing about the dance featured in this video. It’s a certified dance craze! People are still dancing to Bazoziko in the club.

Ni Kama Ndrama! Ni Kama Vindeo

The guy was struggling to talk English and he kept on mixing up his words and we Kenyans found it hilarious. The phrase "ni kama ndrama, ni kama vindeo" became popular when you are telling a dramatic story.

Bamba Mbaya

The girls melted our hearts with this dance video which trended and prompted more videos.

Vera Sidika talks about bleaching

Everybody hated on Vera Sidika’s new look, and during the trend she talked about spending millions to get that look, and eyebrows were raised when she talked about how much she spends on her shoes.

William Kabogo, The Speed Governor

The Governor was at the scene to set fire to some counterfeit alcohol, but clearly nobody bothered to inform him and others that burning a lot of alcohol together in close proximity is not a good idea. There was a big reaction and every had to run for their lives.

Henry Desagu, Nduthi fight

This interview where Henry who is a comedian talks about how two nduthi (Motorbike) guys are fighting over a client. The use of broken English makes it hilarious as some of the things he is trying to translate from mother tongue just come out funny.

Propesa – Kilimani Mums

Propesa the comedian takes situations and makes a skit out of them. In this one his wife is forcing him to declare on National TV that he is the husband to one wife which is a parody of former first Lady Lucy Kibaki making the president say on national tv that he has “one wife.”

Kenya’s Salt Bae

In January salt bae was trending and Kenya was not left behind. A guy came up with his own version of Salt bae where instead of salting a steak he was salting an avocado.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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