Boiler Room X Ballantine’s True Music Returns To Kenya To Celebrate The Gengetone Acts

Boiler Room X Ballantine’s True Music Returns To Kenya To Celebrate The Gengetone Acts

After a two-year hiatus, Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music will return to Nairobi, Kenya this month with an exclusive show that celebrates the gengetone scene captivating Nairobi’s youth. Set to showcase the vibrant sound and culture that is integral to the city, the show – scheduled for Thursday 30th January 2020, in an as yet unannounced venue – will feature a curated lineup of the most exciting talent that have been steadily carving up local dancefloors.

Since first partnering in 2013, Boiler Room and Ballantine’s have explored and celebrated the stories of more than 30 local music scenes from across three different continents. Together, they have collaborated with more than 240 artists, the sets of which have been enjoyed by 150 million music fans who have experienced the live-streamed events, documentaries and music content.


In 2016 they launched a global platform, True Music, championing pioneering artists. Now moving into its new phase, Take A Stand For True Music, the partnership seeks to elevate the music communities behind-the-scenes, collaborating on a grassroots level to ensure local music scenes thrive across the globe.

The return to Nairobi comes at a pivotal moment in the city’s thriving music scene, as the gengetone genre is speed shifting from underground to become the dominant sound in Kenyan music today. This show is part of Boiler Room and Ballantine’s commitment to push True Music scenes forward and support artists, fans, crews and communities around the world, by spotlighting the home-grown talent redefining their local scenes.

The lineup includes: Femi One, Ochungulo Family, DJ Lyta, Boondocks Gang, DJ Kalonje, Rico Gang and DJ Tryce.

Ballantine’s True Music is excited to return to Kenya, especially to explore Nairobi’s gengetone scene. The artists on our lineup have been making waves in the local scene for some time now, and we are truly humbled when we get to showcase and share such amazing talents with the world through the True Music project. Tom Elton, Ballantine’s Head of Music commented.

The Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music partnership enables and empowers local scenes to continue pushing boundaries by giving them a global platform to create music that stays true to their creative convictions.

We are returning to Nairobi for our second True Music show, which will be celebrating one of the most exciting emerging music scenes in Kenya - Gengetone. Boiler Room CBDO Steven Appleyard added.

Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music takes place in Kenya on January 30th 2020. Tune in at 17:00-21:30 UTC on https://truemusic.boilerroom.tv/ to watch the broadcast live.