One of the many things that Kenyans learnt from King Kaka’s song titled Wajinga Nyinyi, which was released about a fortnight ago, is that artists have a huge role to play when it comes to social activism.
The truth is that we listen to music primarily for entertainment but who said that we can’t learn learn a thing or two while at it or that it can’t be used to advocate for certain worthy causes?
I remember the debate that ensued after King Kaka released the song. He got the whole country talking for almost a week but it’s not that he had told us things that we were not aware of.
Actually, the truth is far from that. We always known that vices such as; corruption, tribalism, nepotism, favoritism and what have you exist in our society but most artists think that talking about these things is a waste of time.
They shy away from those kind of songs and prefer to release club bangers because that is what they assume we want to listen to and to be honest that is not always the case. They could also be afraid to speak up.
It is about time our local musicians realized that they have a much bigger role to play rather than just making songs that they think will entertain us.
The truth is that they have loyalists in the form of fans just like politicians have supporters and that means that if an artist addresses a crucial matter a certain group of people will listen to him or her and perhaps take action.
Just like you, I loved what King Kaka did on Wajinga Nyinyi – which has so far garnered 2.4 Million views and if I’m being totally honest I’d love to see more songs like that as we near the 2022 elections.
Comme ci, comme ça
January 27, 2020
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