After opening a recording studio in Machakos County, veteran Tanzanian singer Mr Nice now says he plans to settle in Kenya for good. The star who is among the first showbiz musicians to popularise Bongo music across East Africa says Kenya is the musical hub of the region and he plans to thrive "from where it's happening".
"I have been in Kenya for some time now and my business plan is tailored around here. Not Tanzania. I have been doing tours across the region including Rwanda and Sudan and I am convinced that the big business, musically speaking, is coming to Kenya," he said during an exclusive interview with Standard Entertainment and Lifestyle.
"I have put a good investment in Machakos County. I have already signed a number of upcoming artistes and we are down to business creating a new sound," he remarked. The studio named Takeu Music Empire just saw Mr. Nice release his comeback single I Believe In You.
"I have made some good investment in Athi River. I am going into real estate and with all this I can tell you that I am in Kenya to stay. This is home," he noted. Asked what he thinks of the new breed of Tanzanian artistes, Mr. Nice said every season comes with its own stars and that he would be willing to support them. He added that contrary to common belief, he does not have beef with Ali Kiba.
"I have no issue with any artiste, Ali Kiba included. I am a veteran who is here to give others direction through my experience of many years. When it comes to music and performance, everyone knows that I am still the best performer in Tanzania. Going by the results of the response I got during my Rwanda, Uganda and Sudan shows recently, I can say Mr. Nice is back in a big way. Just watch this space,” he concluded.