For the longest time, Kenyan artists have been bashed for doing music content. All this in the name of entertainment. But another song poked us to the extent of questioning our loyalty.
Kenyan artists used music as an avenue to air out the political rot that is swallowing the economy by the day. For instance over, 18 years ago Eric Wainaina did a song dubbed Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo.
A song that rattled some politicians as Eric called out the corrupt officials and how bribes were crippling the country. Years later as not much has changed.
Before long 6 years back came Juliani who did a song dubbed “Utawala”. The lyrics of the song Utawala by Juliani featuring Wakenya hits the nail right on the head when it comes to the plight of Kenyans in the hands of politicians.
Utawala means to govern. Kenyans seem to be out of luck when it comes to good leaders. Sometimes one would think it is the leaders who pick themselves to get into office. Years down the story about corruption, high taxation among others has not changed a bit. Who do we blame?
When you thought you had seen it all in the political arena, 2017 general election saw some musicians like Jaguar and journalists like Mohammed Ali of Jicho Pevu elected. With this many youths thought that these lads would be a voice for the Youth in Kenya. Sad enough it had to take artists like Sauti Sol and Nyashinski do another patriotic song as a reminder of the political rot in Kenya. Clearly Tujiangalie should have pricked our consciences in 2018 but no it did not work.
Remember in July 2019 Susumila also hit us so hard on our laxity with the political instability.
Then late 2019 King Kaka had to use the literal aspect of Poetry and dropped “Wajinga Nyinyi”. A song that hit us so hard, we got talking about the same old issues. Remember all he said was what has been in the media all through the years. To the extent that some politicians felt targeted. I mean who is the fool here? And for how long should this go on? Is it a revolution or a call for patriotism?
I am an Opinion writer, I review East African Music and shows and an all round journalist too.
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