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Tedd Josiah returns home

Updated Friday, November 12th 2010 at 00:00 GMT +3
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In an exclusive story back in 2008, Pulse carried an interview of veteran producer Tedd Josiah on the run after threats to his life. Stevens Muendo revisits the saga and brings you yet another exclusive on the showbiz genius, two years on.

The maverick soft-spoken former Blu Zebra Records boss Tedd Josiah walks to the Pulse desk with collected calm. This is the same guy, who was toiling in tribulations and nightmare, seeking political asylum in the UK just the other day, and here he is, strolling freely and displaying no sign of aguish, a thought races through my mind.

Two years ago, Pulse could not reveal his whereabouts after word spread that he was in danger and in hiding in the United Kingdom over alleged political threats whose genesis was a television advert — the famous ‘Domo TV’, which triggered a fierce propaganda-laden battle of wits between ODM and PNU camps in the run-up to the 2007 General Elections.

Calm Returns

But that was then and the political cyclone has since taken different shapes just as the 39-year-old’s showbiz life has now taken a new direction.

"I have an office in Central London where I work with the giant Steel Drum Company. It’s an American company which deals with production, animation, news production, adverts and other related records, mostly for multimillion companies," he remarks, his baritone voice and usual ease bringing back the memories of the hey days when he was rated East Africa’s undisputed music producer.

Former Blu Zebra Records boss Tedd Josiah

"How did you get yourself to Steel Drum? I thought you were just another refugee in the UK?" I tease and go on to wonder about the whereabouts of his wife and kids.

"Probably we need to get the record straight first before we move on," he pauses and continues; "I was running projects in Tanzania when my UK-based sister informed me of an opportunity there. I had wanted to join an international film school and the chance had come.

Constraints

"But I didn’t have the cash to fund the studies. Coincidently, I got a call from Nairobi on a deal to create an advert. It was the height of 2007 political campaigns. The offer was lucrative. Through it, I would make money to fund my studies in the UK."

In December that year, he recorded the response to the ‘Domo’ TV advert that was originally done by the PNU camp.

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