Akothee explains why Kenyan artistes are struggling

By Davis Muli | 6 months ago
Singer Akothee.

Flamboyant singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, has shared her sentiments on why Kenyan artistes struggle to earn a living from their craft. Speaking in an interview with Radio Maisha, the mother of five said that both the media and the government have neglected local artistes.

"Kenyan artistes have been ignored; we don't get enough support," she said.

The 'Abebo' hitmaker further admitted that it is painful to witness foreign artistes receive huge paychecks to perform in the country while local artistes are sidelined. Akothee strongly feels that the media has enabled this by glorifying foreign musicians at the expense of local artistes. 

“Inauma sana wakati unaona wasanii wageni ambao wanakuja hapa, wanalipwa pesa ambazo hawalipwi huko kwao, sababu gani, radio ya hapa imewapatia nguvu, media ya hapa imewapatia nguvu, sasa wakifika hapa vile wanafuatwa, utafikiria wakitoka hii country, yule jamaa anaenda kujenga 5 bedroom,” she added.


Akothee's sentiments come when comedian Eric Omondi is on the receiving end for claiming that Kenyan musicians are not good enough to compete on the international stage.

"The Kenyan entertainment scene is dead!!! We have lost our glory. We have become a cemetery! It is utter disgrace that our musicians have become mere curtain raisers for international acts. We have become clowns in our own land. Every weekend there is a group of 3 or 4 foreign artistes in this city Nairobi," he said. 

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