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Jaguar: Why I used to 'cry' at Juacali's concerts

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 A collage of Jaguar and Jua Cali.

Former Starehe MP Charles Njagua aka Jaguar on Friday opened up about his journey in the music industry.

In an Instagram post, he reflected on his experiences as an opening act at concerts, particularly those of Jua Cali. Jaguar expressed his admiration for the Genge star, acknowledging how the artist's success motivated him to strive for excellence.

"This guy made me work hard to put out good music! My producer pushed me to my limits to create hit songs that could top the charts like his, and the journey was far from easy," Jaguar wrote.

Adding: “The journey was not easy I cried at his concerts because I kept being the opening act for my competition. We've been rising together since, now sharing the stage at the top. It’s such challenges that make us rise.”

Jua Cali responded to Jaguar's post with an appreciation for the healthy competition in the music industry.

"This is what competition is all about—inspiring each other and elevating our craft to the next level," he remarked.

In a radio interview back in May, Jaguar offered his insights on the struggles faced by many Kenyan artists, both financially and in terms of talent.

He emphasized the need for musicians to take their craft seriously, treating music as a business. According to him, every artist should strive to be the best in their field and create music that can compete effectively.

"The issue with our artists is that they don't treat music as a business. If you ask me to advocate for Kenyan artists right now, my first step would be mentorship. I would share the same advice I received from Maina and DJ Pinye, which is to produce music that can compete with the best. If you're recording a song today that's not on par with 'Kigeugeu,' which I released 12 years ago, what do you expect?" Jaguar explained.

He also pointed out that many artists fail to save their earnings, leaving them financially insecure during tough times.

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