Ben Githae alters 'Tano Tena' song to praise Raila

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By Vincent Kejitan and Stevens Muendo | 2 months ago
Ben Githae performs during the Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, 2021. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Popular Kikuyu singer Ben Githae has altered lyrics of his famous ‘Tano Tena’ song to heap praises on ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking during a function attended by a section of ODM delegates in the coast region, Githae stated that the song he initially composed to praise President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will now be sang differently.

“Mimi ni yule aliye sema tano tena na wembe ni ule ule lakini sasa tumegeuza wimbo huo na tunasema ndani ndani to the State House mlima wote Baba tosha….,” he says as he asks the delegates to sing after him.

While speaking to Standard Entertainment, Githae maintained that he will rally behind Odinga and a number of artistes are also working closely with the former Prime Minister.

“We shall go around drumming up support for Odinga and a number of artistes are also part of the plan to ensure he becomes the next President of Kenya.

“I vowed to support whoever the President will endorse and that has not changed,” he said.

Just last month, Githae, who has often been bashed for campaigning openly for President Kenyatta, said he does not owe anyone an apology for his choices.

“I saw Kenyans trolling me the other day after I was captured in a picture with the ODM leader Raila Odinga and businessman S K Macharia. Some were saying that I have moved to support ‘Baba’ but what they didn’t know was the context of our meeting.

“But I am now used to trolls. I have lived with the notion that I can be trolled anytime and even trend for negative reasons so that does not bother me anymore,” he said.

Githae is one of the few artistes who were supporting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), that, after having sung Jubilee into power.

He does not deny the fact that he made a kill out of his campaign slogan song, Tano Tena, that saw him traverse the country selling the Jubilee agenda.

Besides, he says that singing is his career and it is what he lives on and when a good opportunity comes knocking, he is not ashamed to run with it.

“If you have talent and can’t make money through it to support your life, then the talent is useless. What is wrong with me making money through my singing talent whether I am singing in crusades or political rallies?” the Tabia Mbaya singer remarked.

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