The language in the streets is currently being influenced by the music we listen to. This is no surprise. With the advancement of technology, comes language advancement too. No brainer. Furthermore, social media has largely influenced Kenyan youth, including me. Today we talk about the viral trend name “Kwani ni Kesho” and the reply “Si Kesho”
Kwani ni Kesho meaning
The viral word or slang Kwani ni Kesho means “Is it Tomorrow?” then you reply “Si Kesho” – it’s not tomorrow. The word “Kwani ni Kesho” is just a simple word asking someone if it’s happening today or now. The reasoning behind it is to tell someone “Let’s do it Now” or “Let’s do it Today” we don’t have to wait. It’s like saying in other words ‘Yes We Can’. The context in which “Kwani ni Kesho” is used in the streets means “It is today not tomorrow“.
Who started the slang “Kwani ni Kesho”
As the streets have it, Kwani ni Kesho was started as a music adlib by Mr. Right ( Buruklyn Boyz) and then popularized by Kenyan youth celebrity Wizzo Tano Nane. Wizzo Tano Nane was influenced by Buruklyn Boyz and has since been using the slang “Kwani ni Kesho” and his famous word “Mbwakni“.
The first song Mr. Right used and mentioned in the adlib “Kwani ni Kesho” is “Tano Nane,” released on 9 April 2020 on Youtube
Watch Mr. Right Tano Nane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elgx–sJFL8
Kwani ni Kesho Trending
Kwani ni Kesho became an official trend on social media after Buruklyn Boyz released their song “Nairobi”. Released on December 23, 2020. The song “Nairobi” has amassed close to 1 Million views in 5 months.
Nikwa Ni Shoke, Khaligraph Jones
Kenyan award-winning rapper Khaligraph Jones has been influenced by Wizzo Tano Nane and announced to release of his new song “Nikwa Ni Shoke” which is taken from the word “Kwani ni Kesho” by Wizzo Tano Nane and Buruklyn Boyz
Wizzo Tano Nane ft. Khaligraph Jones Kwani ni Kesho
Wizzo Tano Nane was posted by Khaligraph Jones on his Instagram account with over 1.7 Million followers on May 31, 2021. In the video, Wizzo mentions the word “Kwani ni Kesho,” making Khaligraph Jones acknowledge him.
Finally, the video went viral, and Wizzo responded to Khaligraph Jones afterward “Be inspired, but don’t copy hio ni Vibe ya 58”. Khaligraph Jones was prompted to change his song name to “Nikwa Ni Shoke.”
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