Harmonize is probably the most loved WCB member after Diamond. The man with the blonde hair may be adored in this our country but he has still had some troubling times in it.
Like late last year when riots erupted in Eldoret town after he failed to turn up for a scheduled show. His brand took a bit of a beating but that does n’t come close to what might have been after he called Kenyans peasants.
The backlash should have been as bad as the one Burna Boy encountered after he made the same remark but it wasn’t.
You see we Kenyans are really proud of ourselves and our culture and that is why they still went to Burna Boy’s and Harmonize’s performances even after the insults.
But at least I will give Kenyans one thing, some sections booed the man when he performed at the Wasafi festival on 31st. (Some pride at last!).
But while Burna Boy is a G and refused to apologize for the comments, Harmonize was more forthcoming and explained why he had said what he did.
In an interview with Wasafi T.V, he said:
You know Kenyan and Tanzanian Swahili is different. When I said Kenyans were peasants I did not mean it like that. You know in Tanzania we consider ourselves part of our fans so when I tell you that you are my fellow peasant I think you can be able to understand but Kenyan language is different. There are some phrases which might be interpreted differently.
Does that explanation hold water? Methinks he might be stretching it a bit but what do I know? At least he has the foresight to keep a market that is enthralled with him in his yoke.
But what I do know is that Kenyans are more forgiving of foreign artistes and their iniquities than we are of our own. A sad reality indeed.