You do not have to be dirty to be famous, Kenyan artistes told

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Apr 15th 2020 at 12:34
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For the past few months, the nature of music being churned out by some Kenyan artistes has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure.

While some artistes have been lauded for their creativity and sensible verses, others have been bashed for promoting promiscuity and making sex the centre of their content.

When King Kaka released ‘Wajinga Nyinyi’, it was a breath of fresh air in the industry.

It was a wakeup call to the entire nation and even politicians felt its impact.

Many praised him for being bold enough to point out obvious evils in society but soon afterwards, he reported that he was receiving death threats.

In the same year, we had songs like Tarimbo which was quickly flagged for appearing to promote rape.

KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua has often served the purpose of a moral cop and an ambassador of clean content.

Recently, he lauded comedian Henry Desagu for his content saying it is both hilarious and informative.

“One doesn't have to be dirty to be famous. Henry Desagu is hilarious and his content is great,” he said.

This comes just days after he heavily criticized Mejja and Femi One’s ‘Utawezana’ saying creators of such content should not benefit from government funding.

The truth is, most of the songs being played in the country have lewd lyrics and the videos are raunchy.

Perhaps this appeals to a segment of the population (you can check out the millions of views they get) but it’s high time we thought about churning content that is not only uplifting but also informative and sharable.

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