Nyashinki is one of the few musicians the world over who left a fledgeling career to settle abroad, then came back after the long hiatus to top of the charts. For most that would be career suicide but for the rapper with the sweetest rhymes, it wasn’t.
Nyashinski who has seen his career resurrected also harbours hope for the Kenyan entertainment industry to start dominating the African charts like their Tanzanian, Nigerian and South African counterparts.
Realshinski spoke about how the industry was not reaching the heights it was supposed to because of some small yet costly factors such as lack of recognition from various promising platforms.
He did so by posting a video of a Willy M Tuva interview with Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja. In the video, the governor claimed his favourite song was “Kwangwaru” by Diamond Platnumz.
This is sacrilege for some who would expect Kenyan politicians to support Kenyan entertainment and Kenyan artists at all costs.
That was not all, Tuva’s interview conveniently ended after he asked the governor who his favourite Kenyan artist was? That was the tipping point for the “Mungu Pekee” singer who posted his thoughts on his Instagram page. He wrote:
@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 🇰🇪
But Willy who is himself a rags to riches story had a response to the artist’s volley. He wrote back:
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…
This discussion mirrors the one Khaligraph and Jalang’o are engaged in at the moment. Clearly, the industry is at an interesting point where the artists and the radio presenters are at each other’s necks.
I think the two sides all have valid points.