There is little doubt that Kenyan music is aesthetically diverse. Cross sections of enthusiasts can walk into retail shops and make their purchase from an array of recorded songs available either on fast-fading audio cassettes, CDs, VCDs or DVDs.

But for the technology-savvy, varied options have over recent years flooded the marketplace, supplementing iPods and enabling music lovers to dictate or tailor-make their own playlists which can even be stored on memory-sticks or flash discs.

With a single click, consumers can purchase online favourite or specific song downloads from iTunes or an increasing growing range of digital apps like Spotify and the latest addition, Apple streaming music platform. This enables one to pick out and listen to their choice of music on iPads, tablets or smart phones using trendy headphones.

Those keen to buy actual discs, in most retail outlets, CD racks are teeming with classics, slow jams, gospel, r&b, rap, pop disco hits, jazz, bongo 'flava', boomba hip hop, Jamaican influenced but local 'clone' ragamuffin tracks.

Demand for slow tempo rhumba oldies, authentic traditional ohangla, chakacha, bango and taarab rhythms, has hardly waned. A notable niche market also exists for afro-fusion songs, spiritual hymns, localized accapella tunes and reggae hits.

Numerous variants of kikuyu, luhya, luo and kamba guitar-driven benga rhythms albums are equally popular.

"These vernacular benga songs appeal to middle-class consumers in cities and urban towns. One-man-guitarists, bands or musicians whose lyrical repertoire is rendered in varied local dialects orientation, easily taps into this grassroots audience base," notes Steve Njunge, a music vendor in Nairobi's downtown.

The rekindling of interest in 'home grown' songs, is a glaring indicator previous perceptions and contentions that locally produced music is mediocre, are gradually turning around.

A significant tidal wave spurring sporadic appeal for Kenyan 'flavoured' hip-hop songs has further raised stakes. These tracks' popularity is buoyed on by the unprecedented airplay on mainstream FM radio and TV channels.

An unlimited flow of ostensibly amateurish 'hits' incessantly bounce off multi-watt woofers in night-spots, clubs, public service vehicles, and call-in shows on select FM channels.