Mbwakni, Mbogi and Rieng are apparently the top three most used used Sheng words according to Google.

A research by Google that had the tech giant team up with Kenyan rappers Buruklyn Boyz revealed data that revealed the top 10 most used sheng mainly originate from Hip Hop lyrics.

The campaign dubbed #SearchInSheng also revealed dem, rada, saseni, omoka, dere, chwani mabeshte as the sheng words in top 10.

The #SearchInSheng campaign and #KwaheriOpenVerseChallenge, saw Kenyan rappers create their own version of the hit song “Kwaheri Remix”.

The song that kicked off the #OpenVerseChallenge was a collaboration between Hip Hop group Burukyln Boyz and Music Producer Kagwe Mungai, who were commissioned by Google to co-create the song using the top 10 most used  sheng words on Search.

You can catch the music video here. This “Kwaheri Remix” is an adaptation of the Kenyan classic “Kwaheri ” which was originally released in 2008 by Jua Cali and Sanaipei Tande under Calif Records.

An #OpenVerseChallenge  is a social media trend that allows upcoming artists to showcase their skills and by creating their own version of a viral song. 

The winners of the challenge were Shalom Charles Kianga (Spinx_Mafia), Mwongeli Mutuku, Brian Mawira Mbae (Ma_wira). 

“Participating in the Search in Sheng project was exciting because sheng is like our primary language! Seeing a brand like Google recognise the power of sheng and Kenyan Hip Hop is amazing.“ said Burukyln Boyz.

“As with any slang, sheng words evolve and change everyday but thanks to our improvements in AI, Google Search can quickly return helpful information no matter how new the word is to local slang,” says Sharon Machira, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Kenya. She adds, “it is also exciting to see how Google Search is contributing to Kenya’s Hip Hop culture.”

Top 10 sheng words used on Google Search

1.       Mbwakni

2.       Mbogi

3.       Rieng

4.       Dem

5.       Rada

6.       Saseni

7.       Omoka

8.       Dere

9.       Chwani

10.   Mabeshte

January 26, 2023

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