After breaking the norm in Parliament by getting Senate to allow Senators attend sittings in cultural wear, Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina is at it again.
Ole Kina is in studio recording a music project he says will expose the grand corruption in Kenya and advocate for the preservation of cultural values.
The project, whose filming is being done in several counties across the country will be completed in a few months’ time.
“I am working on a big project, a big project actually; one on some sort of spoken word, kind of hip-hop, jazz spoken word hip-hop focusing on the corruption I have witnessed in the country as a Senator. It’s about some of the things I have seen destroying this country,” he says, speaking on a video clip he posted that shows him in studio.
“I have got a collection of the debates I have seen in Parliament, some of which have attracted a lot of attention worldwide. There is one that has been viewed online by over 14 million people, worldwide.
“You know, there is this argument that corruption is an African thing. We try so much to fit in as Western but we can’t. There is a recent uproar in South Africa where (former president) Jacob Zuma was taken to jail after being criticised for spending State money to build his retirement home. When you think about it, you know… in Kenya we spend money to build our politicians mansions. When we think of it as a true African thing we start to accept it. That is what the project is focusing on, in part,” Ole Kina told The Standard.
And if you think we live in the land of plenty ...Then you should try to be me ...oh, just for a day juggling all sorts of careers ...something in the pot! pic.twitter.com/Uob2TvjJWD — Sen. Ledama Olekina (@ledamalekina) July 22, 2021
“The project brings out the true meaning of corruption in Africa; the advantages and disadvantages. It is also touching on my other hustles, you know, I have many other hustles.
“It started a long time. We own studios, so here I was just in one of those studios arranging and recording the beats. You know whenever you arrange your song there is a certain beat you pick up so that is what I was doing in what you have seen,” he said.
The Narok Senator is also using the project to sensitise his Maasai community - among others - on preserving their Kenyan culture.
And he is in good company, musically speaking. A year ago, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja recorded a rap song with his sons, the same year a group of legislators recorded a music dance.