Entertainment in Kenya: Kenya boasts of having a variety of entertainment news and products suited for people of all ages, cultures and groups.

Entertainment operators in different regions of Kenya provide flexible and diversified entertainment services all year round taking advantage of tropical weather in order to meet the changing demands of fun-seekers in Kenya.

From family entertainment to culinary entertainment including restaurants and dinner cruises by dhow to sports entertainment with activities such as go-kart racing, mountain biking, windsurfing, white water rafting and other water sports to evening entertainment in clubs, pubs and discotheques – the options are endless and the fun just never stops.

By night, visitors can choose from restaurants offering diverse cuisine to gratify the cosmopolitan tastes of a multi-cultural society. Add to this a broad range of discos, heavy metal clubs, jazz bars and the “rave” scene and you will find there is something for everyone.

Before the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report titled Entertainment and Media Outlook (2015-2019) was released in September last year, a local projection released to Pulse by the Music Copyright Society of Kenya had placed Kenya’s entertainment worth at Sh200 billion.

This wasn’t far from the latest outcome. Indeed, the talk about numbers is a non-issue. The truth is that the local entertainment has steadily risen to affirm its position as one of the greatest earners and employers as well in the Kenyan economy.

What is even more exciting is that beside the conventional entertainment outlets such as TV, radio, film and music recording in general, new media players among them YouTube and everything social media has thrown in a whole new twist in the entertainment game; and so, a future that very few, if any, saw coming is here with us.

Entertainment Industry in Kenya

According to the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report, the local entertainment industry made more than Sh189 billion in revenue. Now, this is expected to rise to Sh347 billion by 2019.

The report that accounts for data collected from Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria cuts across a number of sectors in the entertainment industry among them Internet-based forums, television, filmed entertainment, radio, recorded music, publishing, out-of-home advertising, video games and sports, had a favourable leaning on internet, filmed entertainment and video games – all of which were projected as growing new frontiers.

Entertainment in Kenya – Internet

The Internet is taking charge of the entertainment space. Literally, everything entertainment; from video access, gaming, selling of music can now be done with the click of a button. That is where the new money is. They call it over-the-top streaming revenue.

With much of the new support coming from the Internet and for that matter increased use of social media, PwC had it that the entertainment and media industry earned Sh150 billion with a projection of Sh88 billion expected from TV and radio alone in the next four years now.

According to the forecast, the music industry is expected to slow down with more people migrating or opting for social media sites as sources of entertainment. This is expected to favour video games whose growth rate is expected to hit nine percent.

This is not to say that the increase of social media use will mean an end to conventional media such as newspapers, TV and radio. According to the survey, in Kenya, the three remain strongholds attracting advertising revenue as first choices for the advertiser.

“Today’s media companies need to do three things to succeed: innovate around the product and user experience; develop seamless consumer relationships across distribution channels, and put mobile (and increasingly video) at the centre of the consumer’s experience,” said PwC Southern Africa entertainment and media leader Vicki Myburgh.

Then, South Africa entertainment revenue stood at Sh884 billion with the second-placed Nigeria scoring Sh418 billion.

Gone are the days when celebrities would boast of making money through tours and concerts through gate fee and ticket sales. Long gone are the days when musicians would thrive on CD and album sales, days when we would talk about albums going platinum.

It is all about transforming fame to fortune through the new age platforms that have changed the game completely, forever. As a matter of fact, the above traditional methods are now being used as complementary aspects in the entertainment games for celebrities to cut their niche in an otherwise cutthroat showbiz market.

Entertainment in Kenya Skiza tunes

A few months ago, Safaricom released a whopping Sh152 million to artists, money that was earned as royalties raised through the online Skiza tunes.

It was the first time an artist was paid over Sh20 million for a single song. The boom was redistributed to artists through their associations among them the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK.), Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRiSK) and Kenya Association of Music Producers (Kamp) as well as Premium Rate Service Providers (PRSPs).

This Skiza platform only has 5,000 registered members out of the estimated over 10,000 musicians, promoters, songwriters and performers we have in the country. Strange enough, out of all the music recorded by local artists, only 11,000 songs are on this platform.

The biggest lot of entertainers has locked itself out of the new windfall with cry-babies claiming that the industry is “dying” as they cling onto old methods of raising entertainment money.

As this happens, leading telecommunication service providers have been wrestling to grab a share of the big entertainment pie with Safaricom and Airtel even going ahead to factor big budgets to sponsor music events and help record artists’ music as they negotiate their way into being part of the millions.

Clearly, in the lead, Safaricom now has a foothold on local music after introducing the Skiza platform in 2008, a service that has millions of subscribers paying at least 75 cents daily; per Skiza tune.

Before a renegotiated deal between artists’ bodies, PRSPs and the giant telecommunication firm, only 7.5 percent of what was collected was being released to artists in loyalties.

It was only last year when Safaricom announced it was increasing royalties to 15 percent. This was reviewed to 17 percent this year and projected to 20 percent for next year.

And as artists’ bodies initiate digital monetization on radio and TV stations through logs for every music that goes on air, we can clearly see how the PwC Sh347 billion by 2019 estimations will be achieved, on the part of our celebrities.

“The truth is that there is a lot of money to tap in this entertainment industry for our artists but many are still stuck to the traditional ways of earning,” says Maurice Okoth, one of the leading voices in the entertainment industry – who was the MCSK CEO before quitting to join TV Cosmopolitan, a digitally driven new TV station.

Entertainment in Kenya – YouTube channels

“Many young people are tapping into the entertainment industry. We are seeing scores making good cash through YouTube channels, homemade TV programmes, running social media accounts for celebrities and other prominent people. The World Wide Web has just opened limitless and endless possibilities for all young users. This should help boost the entertainment industry, and there is no doubt, Kenya has tapped into this space,” he adds.

“I have been able to make money through one single song through online outlets and I agree that is time we artists refocus on how we sell our art. We can say that there is so much money in the entertainment industry but unless we tap into that, that will remain mere talk,” remarks Gloria Muliro, a leading gospel star whose hits songs have profiled her among the highest earners in the Kenyan market.

Entertainment in Kenya – Useful Links

    Entertainment Companies in Kenya – Nairobi

    Here is a list of the major entertainment companies / venues in Nairobi Kenya

    1. Klub house  K1 Parklands Ojijo road

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      Entertainment in Kenya – Entertainment Companies in Kenya

    2. Anchor Restaurant Westlands Arcade.
    3. Buffet park/Tamasha Hurlinghum
    4. Changes pub and restaurant
    5. Choma Zone (Meat Ventures) Mombasa road
    6. Cloud Nine Interaction.
    7. Club sound Mpaka Plaza
    8. Coco Jambo Chaka/Argwings Kodhek Road
    9. Crooked Q Westlands.
    10. Dolce The Club Koinange street
    11. Fiery peach/cheetahs Hurlinghum Plaza
    12. Florida  2000 Discotheque Moi avenue.
    13. New florida Night Club Koinange street.
    14. Galilleo lounge Westlands
    15. Jambo Grill Thika Road
    16. Club Vibro Nairobi West
    17. Legend Bar and Butchery Rongai
    18. Maggies Restaurant  Moi Avenue
    19. Mainstay Creations
    20. Mang Hotel Ronald Ngala
    21. Mwendas pub Utalii House
    22. Natural Heritage Ngummo
    23. Olive Gardens Hurlinghum Argwings Kodhek
    24. Psys Langata
    25. Sheebeen Upperhill
    26. Skylux lounge Soin Arcade
    27. Surf and Bytes Anniversary Towers
    28. Taidys Restaurant Nairobi West Maai Mahiu Road
    29. Tamasha Langata Road
    30. The Agenda Restaurant Ngong Rd opp Uchumi
    31. The Legend Lounge Baricho Road
    32. The princess Hotel Tom Mboya street.
    33. The Spree Club Moi avenue/Biashara Street
    34. Tononoka Fire works
    35. Wallet Bar and Restaurant Moi avenue
    36. Winkers Pub and Restaurant
    37. Meladen Club and Restaurant
    38. Black Diamond Mpaka Plaza
    39. Hotel Jaffers Tom Mboya /Ronald Ngara.
    40. Rafikiz Lounge Langata Road
    41. Peppers Restaurant Parklands/Westlands Road
    42. White house Bar and Restaurant Ngong Road
    43. UpperHill springs UpperHill Hospital Road
    44. Havana bar and restaurant Westlands
    45. Vineyard Bar and Restaurant Ngara
    46. Garden of Eden Restaurant  James Gichuru /Gitanga Road
    47. Vineyard Wine house,Restaurant and lounge  Rhapta road westlands
    48. Red Cube restaurant Total Petro station Karen/Langata Road
    49. K’P S restaurant and lounge Utalii House Ground floor
    50. Dream Village South B opp Mater Hospital
    51. Nerkwo Bar and restaurant Plains View South B
    52. Prime stuff Limited
    53. Berbers Oasis NHC House Harambee Avenue
    54. G-pot Arwings Kodhek/Chaka Road
    55. Zanze Bar Kenya cinema 5th floor
    56. Club N-tyce Tom Mboya /Ronald Ngara junction
    57. Simmers Restaurant Kenyatta Avenue
    58. Country Club Kinoo/Limuru Road
    59. Pots and Palms Kileleshwa Office park
    60. Alfajiri Restaurant

    Entertainment in Kenya – Mombasa

    Here is a list of the major entertainment companies / venues in Mombasa Kenya.

    1. Bob’s Sandwich Bar/Murphy’s Irish Pub
    2. Canton Malaysian Restaurant
    3. Casablanca Day & Night Club
    4. Club Lambada Mtwapa
    5. Florida Night Club & Casino
    6. Fresha Events Agency
    7. G10’s Disco
    8. Il Covo Pub & Restaurant
    9. La Veranda Restaurant
    10. Mamba Village
    11. Mombasa Go-Kart & Restaurant
    12. Nyali Cinemax
    13. Party Plot Restaurant
    14. Pitcher & Butch Pub
    15. Roberto’s
    16. Safari Inn International Meeting Point
    17. Stars & Garters Club
    18. Tembo Disco
    19. The Moorings Restaurant
    20. The New Big Tree Beach Resort
    21. Wild Waters Mombasa
    22. Ya’mas Beach Bar & Restaurant
    23. Bike The Coast
    24. Safari Inn Bar & Restaurant

    Entertainment Companies in Kenya Video

    List of Entertainment Companies in Kenya

    1. 4 My Daughter Company
    2. 5 Best Bars in the Nairobi CBD
    3. 6th Avenue Movies
    4. A24Media.
    5. Acapulco Club
    6. Afri-home Solutions Ltd
    7. Aftermath Entertainment Kenya
    8. Alankar Manufacturer Ltd
    9. Alcatraz Entertainment
    10. All About Kids
    11. Amphibians Entertainment
    12. Artcaffe
    13. ATL Entertainment
    14. Bahati Family College
    15. Bar Bar
    16. Bar Code
    17. Berbers Oasis Bar
    18. Best Night Clubs In Nairobi
    19. Big Ideas Entertainment
    20. Bilenge Musica Du Congo
    21. Binamz Movie Shop
    22. Black Beat Entertainment
    23. Black Supremacy Sounds
    24. Blackstar Entertainment Company
    25. Blackstar Entertainment Ltd
    26. Blanco’s Sports Grill
    27. Blaze Entertainment Ltd
    28. Bliss Entertainment
    29. Bob Murphy’s Pub
    30. Bollywood Centre Ltd
    31. Bomas of Kenya
    32. Brainwork Entertainment
    33. Bridah Fun World
    34. Bubujika Puppet Show, Events, Entertainments & Bouncing Castle
    35. Bubujika Puppet Show, Events, Entertainments & Bouncing Castle – Hurlingham Branch
    36. Buffet Park Tamasha
    37. Bungoma Family Development Programme
    38. Café Mocha
    39. Cafesserie
    40. Canton Malaysian Restaurant
    41. Capital Premium Movies
    42. Captain Live Entertainment
    43. Carlos Entertainment
    44. Casuarina Nomad Club
    45. Centre for African Family Studies
    46. Changes Pub
    47. Chege’s Entertainment & Music Shop
    48. Chics Bar
    49. Choma Zone
    50. Circles Lounge
    51. Civil Servants’ Club
    52. Club Entyce
    53. Club Lambada Mtwapa
    54. Club Legend Rongai
    55. Club Soundd
    56. Club Vibro
    57. Club Volar
    58. Coco Jambo Restaurant
    59. Comked Entertainment
    60. Credible Sounds Nairobi, Kenya
    61. Cucu Nyakairu Comedians
    62. Daima Family Medicare Ltd
    63. Dance Into Space
    64. Dandora Medical Centre & Family Planning
    65. David’s Video Shop
    66. Delimentation Entertainment
    67. Digital Eye
    68. Digital Video & Audio Entertainment
    69. Discover Movies
    70. Dj Xela
    71. Dolce VIP Lounge
    72. Dormans Café
    73. Dream Village Club
    74. East Africa Glassmar
    75. Egesa East Villa
    76. Emuruba Electro Services
    77. Endtime movies
    78. Entertainment With A Difference
    79. Espot Entertainment
    80. Family & Friends Services
    81. Family Access Medical Centre
    82. Family Commercial Enterprises
    83. Family Dental Care
    84. Family Dental Centre
    85. Family Dental Centre Annex
    86. Family Dental Centre Annexe
    87. Family Dentistry
    88. Family Empowerment & Relief Organization
    89. Family Eye-Care Centre Ltd
    90. Family Federation For World Peace & Unification
    91. Family Health International (FHI 360)
    92. Family Health Options (K)
    93. Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK)
    94. Family Insurance Brokers Ltd
    95. Family Klings Investments
    96. Family Life Promotion & Services
    97. Family Programmes Promotions Services
    98. Family Smile Dental & Maxillofacial Clinic
    99. Family TV
    100. Family Web Link-Africa Ltd
    101. Family Welfare Club
    102. Family Wings Investments
    103. Family Wonder Cakes
    104. Fanartics Kenya
    105. Festival for African Fashion and Arts
    106. Fiery Peach/Cheetahs Pub
    107. Flannes International Limited
    108. Flixx Entertainment
    109. Florida 2000
    110. Florida Nightclub & Casino/Kalabaza Restaurant
    111. Footreadz Productions
    112. Forth Fourth Scene Entertainment
    113. Fox Theatres
    114. Frame Studios Production
    116. Franks Enterprises
    117. Free View
    118. Funtastik Parties & Events
    119. G-city Entertainment & Arts
    120. G-POT Restaurant
    121. Galilleo/Galaxy Club
    122. Garden of Eden Restaurant
    123. Gate Enterprises
    124. Gecko Production
    125. Gigg Entertainment (Kenya)
    126. Golden Mile Park
    127. GP Karting Ltd
    128. GTZ-Family Planning Support Unit
    129. Hannah Wambui Kiiru
    130. Hardlight Pictures
    131. Havana Bar & Restaurant
    132. Head Bangaz International
    133. Heartstrings Entertainment
    134. Heartz Restaurant
    135. Hevid Media
    136. Holy Family Basilica
    137. Holy Family Hospital Nangina
    138. Home.co.ke
    139. Homeboyz Entertainment Ltd
    140. Homeboyz Radio
    141. Hot Sun Films
    142. Hurlingham Family Health Clinic
    143. Hypemasters Ent
    144. Ilcovo Bamburi
    145. Inhouse Entertainment
    146. Ipic Entertainment
    147. Ivory Entertainment Group
    148. J-Link Entertainment
    149. Jabali Afrika
    150. Jacent Properties
    151. Jaffers Hotel
    152. Jambo Grill
    153. Jamhuri Entertainment Ltd
    154. Japale Entertainment
    155. JJ Workshstation
    156. Johari Productions
    157. Jumuika
    158. K1 Klub House
    159. Kahama Sports Bar &Pub
    160. Kalahari.co.ke
    161. Kamata Music School
    162. Kamau Family Investments Ltd
    163. Kayamba Africa
    164. Kayamba Fiesta
    165. Kenkana Entertainment
    166. Kenwap
    167. Kigutha One Stop Shop
    168. Kim Enterprises
    169. Kim Records Entertainment
    170. Kingfolks Entertainment
    171. Kinoo country club
    172. Kloset Movies
    173. Klub Vibro
    174. Koroga Coutry Club
    175. Kp’s Restaurant
    176. Kusine Café
    177. La Marina Restaurant
    178. Laxxlis Entertainment World
    179. Leading Edge Food & Entertainment Co Ltd
    180. Legend Lounge
    181. Leisure Village Club
    183. Little Angels Birthday Planners
    184. Madd City Stalls
    185. Magic 90 Entertainment
    186. Malindi Sea Fishing Club
    187. Mang Hotel
    188. Mark Singh Media Promotions
    189. Masters Garden Inn Restaurant
    190. Mastronic Videos Shop
    191. Mazishi
    192. MediawiseIdeals
    193. Member’s Club
    194. Mo Sound Entertainment Limited
    195. Mondeas
    196. Monte Carlo Club
    197. Mooreland Restaurant
    198. Morop Child & Family Programme
    199. MotoBaridi
    200. Mount Kenya Entertainment
    201. Mountain Club of Kenya
    202. movieDuka
    203. Mungatana Entertainment
    204. Muthaiga Country Club
    205. Muvy Maniac
    206. Mwafrika Sounds
    207. Mwendas Cocktail Pub
    208. Nairobi Nv Lunar Park
    209. Nairobi Roller Skate Entertainers
    210. Natural Heritage
    211. Nerkwo Restaurant
    212. New Big Tree
    213. New Buxton Inn
    214. New Florida Disco
    215. New Florida Nightclub
    216. Newage Enterprises
    217. Nyali Golf and Country Club
    218. Nyanza House Club
    219. Nyeri Family Dental Centre
    220. OCN Video Games
    221. Odongo’s Dr Family Medical Centre
    222. Othaya Family Helpers Project Child
    223. Outdoor Eddified Recreations
    224. Palm City Grill& Entertainment
    225. Papillon Garden Bar Villa
    226. Party Box
    227. Party Plot Restaurant
    228. Peppers Restaurant
    229. pewahewa.com
    230. PHAT! Music & Entertainment Limited
    231. Pick & Go Movie Shop
    232. Pien-Jee Enterprises
    233. Pops Entertainment Movies
    234. Pots & Palms Restaurant
    235. Prime Stuff Ltd
    236. Projector Solutions Limited
    237. Property Listings
    238. Psys Pub & Restaurant
    239. Psys Town
    240. Puriplex DVD Shop
    241. Q Movie Shop
    242. Radio 316
    243. Rafikiz Lounge
    244. Ramesh Pandya & Associates
    245. Ramoma Museum Of Modern Arts
    246. Rangala Child & Family Development Programme
    247. Red Entertainment Ltd
    248. Red Store Entertainment
    249. Redbox Entertainment
    250. Redcube Restaurant