This week has seen an argument start between musicians on one side and radio hosts/presenters on the other. The heart of the issue, according to the artists, has been the preferential treatment that Tanzanian and Nigerian musicians get in terms of airplay.
The issue started this past weekend when Nyashinski and Khaligraph complained on their respective social media pages. They both feel that the industry is perpetuating an unfair airplay culture by giving precedence to the aforementioned African countries artists.
@mzaziwillytuva mbona hiyo video inaishia hapo? Hakuwa anajua msanii wa Kenya hata mmoja? 🤔 kuna utiaji flani hapa. Bado home ni Kenya 🇰🇪 boss. Utarudi tu. Shout out to @thenaiboi@sautisol @khaligraph_jones@thekingkaka @octopizzo @otilebrownand all other Kenyan artists who made major moves in 2018. The fans see y’all working. #love 🇰🇪
Willy M Tuva promptly responded and refuted the accusations saying:
KAKA @REALSHINSKI KWANZA HAPPY NEW YEAR, SECONDLY NADHANI HUJAELEWA KITU KWA HII CLIP. UMESIKIA VIZURI SWALI LANGU MARA MBILI NIMEMUULIZAJE GOVERNOR ? MSANII GANI WA KENYA ANAMKUBALI. I CAN’T CHOOSE FOR HIM WHAT TO LIKE BUT I PUSHED HIM TO TELL ME HIS FAVORITE KENYAN ARTISTES. THIS WAS AN INSTAGRAM POST TO LEAD PEOPLE TO THE LINK ON YOUTUBE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW AND TO KNOW WHICH KENYAN ARTISTE THE GOVERNOR LIKES. HE MENTIONED SEVERAL KENYAN ARTISTES AND FOR YOU TO FIND OUT WHO INGIA KWA YOUTUBE YA @MSETOEASTAFRICA UKACHEKI. ANOTHER THING MSETO IS AN EAST AFRICAN SHOW THAT PLAYS MORE KENYAN BUT SEEKS TO UNITE EAST AFRICA BY INCLUDING SONGS FROM THE OTHER COUNTRIES…
Khaligraph comments were promptly responded to by radio presenter Jalang’o. Check it all out in the article below:
From this lofty perch, you can see both points of view. I think they both have valid arguments and counter-arguments.
What do you think? Who is to blame for the current dominance of foreign African artists on our radio and T.V charts? Vote in the poll below:
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