Videographers and directors are usually the most underrated personnel in any production since they mostly work behind the scenes and barely get any limelight from their work. Director put a lot of work to ensure that the video is well choreographed and has a substance to the theme and the message as per the music. They basically make musicians and artist look good; both on camera and at what they are doing. A song can be trash but music directors have the power to turn the tables around. You want proof? listen to Willy Paul Jigi jigi without the video then you will understand what I mean.
Kenya happens to have pretty good videographers whose work has made most of our musician to be where they are now. Even though of their talents and prowess in the field of cinematography, this guys always have a huge challenge. The challenge they face is actually the unwillingness of Kenyan musicians to pay the asked price. kenyan musicians tend always demand a great video but are always shy to pay the price to get this services and hence opt to seek cheap ones with underper services and quality and therefore killing their music altogether.
If Kenya music and art wants to reach the global scale then I believe we should be able to pay the price which simply means investing in there art. Let’s borrow a leaf from our neighbours Tanzania. Musicians like Diamond Platnumz and Ali Kiba have managed to be where they are because they have gone the extra mile and made sure that they get the best. Which makes them the best.
So here are some of the Top 5 music video producers in Kenya
The former Sauti sol producer is undoubtedly the GOAT when it comes to quality production. Born Cedric Kadenyi, has produced and directed hits like Aminia and Malaika. Cedo has proven to be the among the elites in Kenya and beyond. Aminia and MALAIKA have gathered over 4 million video views on YouTube in 8 months. It is rumoured that you may have part away with about 500k kenya shillings for his services.
It’s without doubt Enos Olik has produced more hit songs single handedly. He has produced and directed the likes of Sauti Sol’s Nishike, Sura Yako, Still the One and Nerea; Jaguar’s Kioo; Octopizzo’s Ivo Ivo; Elani’s Milele, Ali Kiba’s Nagharamia; Vanessa Mdee’s Come Over; P-Unit’s Weka Weka; Eddy Kenzo’s Maria Roza and Nameless’ Letigo.” We do not have to so much about this prolific di
rector. You need about 250k to get his services though. Good luck!
Young wallace has directed the likes of;
Barua (Bahati); Tam Tam Willy Paul and Size 8; Dawa ya Moto (Grandpa Government); Wafula (Alaine and Churchill); Nabeba Mawe (Eric Omondi); Take it Slow (Willy Paul and Sauti Sol); Kingston Girl by Wyre; No More by Wyre; Kamua Leo by Kidis, DNA, Wyre and Ameleena; Story Yangu by Bahati and Dennoh; Sijafika by Willy Paul, Gloria Muliro, Kambua and Size 8.
It will cost you about 200k to shoot a video with Young Wallace.
The owner and founder of Link Video group has over 1000 videos in his pocket. He has won numerous awards including Groove Awards music producer of the year in 2011 making him among the top video producers in Kenya. He has produced and directed:
Prezzo and Cannibal’s My City, My Town; Sage’s So Alive ft. Octopizzo; P-Unit ft Alicious’ Mobimba; Kristoff ft Frasha & Kingkaka’s Dandia; Cindy Sanyu’s Still Standing; Hopekid with Altamin’s Dance Holiday ft. Joyce Omondi.Prezzo and Cannibal’s My City, My Town; Sage’s So Alive ft. Octopizzo; P-Unit ft Alicious’ Mobimba; Kristoff ft Frasha & Kingkaka’s Dandia; Cindy Sanyu’s Still Standing; Hopekid with Altamin’s Dance Holiday ft. Joyce Omondi.
It will be wrong if I don’t blow my own trumpet so I am going to do it. I have always worked and learnt all the required skills for me to be able to Direct and produce a music video for young and upcoming musicians who can not afford to pay the top producers in the region. That is why I come in and work. Contact me so we can discuss the prospects of making and directing your video.