Comedian cum radio presenter Jalang'o is out here preaching about Kenyan artistes who produce nonsensical music. The outspoken media personality is trying to revive our music industry that is struggling. All he wants is for our artistes to give us great music that will sell to the world just like Nigerian music.
Well, Jalang'o, has been seconded by many but a few feel that he is just hating on local talents. Quite a number of artists among them Naiboi and Khaligraph have blamed the media for not playing local songs and giving Nigerian and Bongo artistes airplay.
The Radio Maisha presenter has highlighted things that local artistes do which piss off many and he has advised them to change.
'PLAY KENYAN MUSIC!!
BUY KENYAN MUSIC!!
I know most of you are wondering why I have taken this debate so personal, it is because I interact, I host and I talk to Kenyan artists daily,' he wrote in part.
Unless most of them change their work ethics the Bongo and the Naija songs will still rule our airwaves because of the following:
1. There are artists we call for interviews and totally don't show up.
2. There are artists who you have to beg to even post a poster of a show they are performing at.
3. There are artists who you literally have to beg to even send you a DJ's Drop
4. There are artists who after giving us one huge song, think that that's the end of the world and for more than a year, they bask in the glory of That one song and when you stop playing it, they tell you "You're not playing Kenyan Music "
5. There are artists who do not even have their own songs as their Skiza tunes
I one day, organised a meeting between Safaricom and Kenyan Artists to help them know how Safaricom sponsorship works.
First we had to Beg them to come and even those who came, I don't think any of them has ever written to safaricom to ask for sponsorship
Good Music will always be played and even We presenters will look for it, example is Dundaing!
@realshinski was away for 10 years, came back and it only took him two songs to rule the airwaves...Good Music!! Vimbada @mojishortbabaa and @jabidii_music pushed the song as if their lives depended on it..Hard work!! and @khaligraph_jones knows what hard work is, he sleeps, eats his music and stays in the studio late creating content.
The same Kenyan artists, do not support each other but compete against each other, How will the industry grow?
Lastly, Music is a business, Invest in your business and it will always give you returns.