Kenyan celebs need to evolve beyond simple stunts to launch songs

Aren’t you getting tired of seeing Kenyan celebs like Willy Paul, Madini Classic, Stivo Simple Boy, Ringtone and the rest get involved in pointless drama for the sake of a silly music video that they are releasing? I know I’m over it.

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I get it, before we truly had a fandom for Kenyan artists, they needed to do whatever they needed to inorder to get attention on their projects. That was why you had the likes of Brown Mauzo faking relationships with Amber Ray etc.

However, right now, Kenyan celebs have cultivated not just a general fandom for their art but personal fandoms; People who are genuinely fans of their craft and want to support them.

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However, evolution and adaptation has never been a strength of Kenyan celebs so we are stuck in a rather infuriating loop of Kenyan celebs going silent when they have nothing to offer and then reasserting their presence on the collective psyche of their fans by coming through with outrageous theatrics and antics.

And these often follow the same pattern. They are either involved in a feud with some other artist only for them to make peace and release a collabo or they are dating some other celebrity and are involved in a rather unlikely relationship.

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These stunts get tired pretty fast and these days whenever there is any entertainment news about Kenyan celebs, it is often met with skepticism. All we can think of or see is the fact that they are useless because the fans can see right through them.

Willy paul is harassing Jovial? Well, they must have a love song coming out soon. Madini Classic is dating Prity Vishy? Yeah right. He is literally using her to cling onto relevance. It gets even more played out when they predictably release a new project only for it to be mediocre at best.

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Kenyan celebs should stop cheapening the electoral process

If there is a complaint Kenyan youth have, it is that they are consistently treated as a joke by the political class and I would argue that Kenyan celebs should largely bear the blame for this. Why do I say this? Well, it is because Kenyan celebs -especially the Z-listers are always trying to do anything to grab onto fast slipping relevance so they have started announcing their dive into politics.

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The new political drive is not borne of civic responsibility or the innate urge to change or create policies that will make life better for Kenyan youth. Nah, your favourite Kenyan celebs have realised they are nomlonger relevant and every recent stunt they pulled have flopped. They have realised they are no longer doing the numbers they used to on YouTube nor do their comedic performances elicit as many laughs as they used to so now they want your support because they want to become your area MCA or MP.

It is actually insane just how myopic and clownish this mess is. Kenyan celebs think little of Kenya’s electoral process. And perhaps we should not blame them because we have been raised by our parents to accept bullshit political leaders who are little more than avaricious sociopaths and psychopaths hellbent on robbing our national coffers blind.

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However, we as a people should stop blaming the older generation of voters and the leaders they chose. We can literally make a change and though I know this rant is going to fall on deaf ears. However, we do need to have a serious conversation about why Kenyan celebs are announcing that they are trying to get into politics.

In the past, members of parliament such as Jaguar (Starehe constituency) have spoken just a handful of times in the years they have been in the August House. So what is he doing there? And now we have socialites and bimbos who have declared they have little else to offer than their sexuality declaring their political intent. Is it any wonder why airheaded female politicians are body shaming each other? they both know they cannot attack the other’s development track record nor their qualifications other than to attack the shape of each other’s body.

As a result, we are raising an entirely new generation of politically irresponsible voters. People who will vie something that affects the trajectory of our lives and the destiny of our nation as a joke. I would prefer it if the Kenyan celebs attempting to vie for office would actually talk about something other than their intent. They have the platforms. Some of them have over 1 million followers across social media platforms yet all they have done is show us how big a clown they are.

We have socialites (accused of prostitution), singers and comedians turning the electoral process into a circus. we do not need any more of this as we are already having a tough time rooting out the chaff from the wheat. And Kenyan youth are incredibly impressionable. Or maybe I am just a frustrated youthful Kenyan tired of being used as a prop for political playmakers who think development is giving us a wheelbarrow and we keep dancing about it. Or inciting us to “remove madoadoa” and then think we are too stupid to see through the dog-whitcle political rhetoric. I want more for Kenyans and some things are way too serious to allow jokers and clowns to trample and poke fun at.

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Kenyan celebs are growing bold in their complaining about GoK

Kenyan celebs seem to be growing cojones by the day as they are now complaining more vocally about the government-mandated Covid 19 measures which have been so poorly instituted as they failed to take into account the lack of social welfare programs to help Kenyans affected by the loss of their sources of income.

Kenyan celebs only get political when their stomachs are threatened and that is not wrong

It is rather refreshing to see the likes of Jua Cali and King Kaka actually begin to join former Capital FM producer Joe W. Muchiri in protesting the results of the lockdown which have been more punitive than preventative that a lot of businesses have gone out of business.

Joe W. Muchiri
Joe Muchiri has been a vocal critic of the Uhuru Kenyatta led GoK

To make things worse, the GoK is currently set to increase the price of fuel which will have a negative effect on the cost of living as the resultant outcome of the historical hike in fuel prices will result in an increase in the price of food and other basic commodities. And  Kenyan celebs are at the forefront of complaining… But not all of them.

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As can be expected from Kenyans, they are embracing the fact that their celebrities are speaking to their realities. The recently announced fuel hike is something that would make them suffer and while they have been speaking up on the matter, it is nice to see celebs ditch the pretences and admit that they too are suffering.

king kaka
King Kaka recently complained about the intended fuel price increase

We have seen entertainment spots shut down and while ordinary Kenyans have lost their sources of income either because they had invested in the entertainment venues or because they worked at these venues as waiters, bartenders, chefs or bouncers and often we forget that a lot of Kenyan celebs depended on these venues too like celebrity DJs and entertainers who would perform at these venues.

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But we have to evolve beyond just complaining and actually ask what next. Where will the suffering Kenyans are enduring lead us to? Will we now see Kenyan celebs lead the charge for change like we have seen in Uganda with Bobi Wine?

Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine is a celeb who took an interest in what is happening around him

And if we get there, what happens to celebrities like Sauti Sol who are huge but have opted to be silent about the underlying political influence that is behind our economic suffering? Only time will tell.

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Kenyan celebs only get political when their stomachs are threatened and that is not wrong

Kenyan celebrities such as Khaligraph Jones, Dj Joe Mfalme and all the rest only ever get political when their stomachs are on the line and while this seems like a self-serving trait, it is actually how we are supposed to engage in political discourse.

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You see, Kenyan celebs are inherently selfish. The likes of Khaligraph Jones and DJ Joe Mfalme, Bahati and all your favourite acts are all just driven by their stomachs. They do not care whether or not things go right for you or the rest of the nation unless it affects their bottom line and at that point, they begin to rally people to their cause.

Khaligraph Jones
Khaligraph Jones has began demanding the country is opened up

This is actually done for two reasons that IQ want us to delve deeper into so I can prove that this is actually how the rest of Kenyans should engage in politics and with politicians especially if we want a mature democracy rather than the low IQ political discourse that usually happens centred around tribal and ethnic political thinking.

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Kenyan celebrities are just beginning to talk publicly about the national lockdown and curfew that is in force and they are doing so because they more than anyone else have been disproportionately affected and they are losing income and they can no longer perform at night and even public gatherings are restricted. And the reason they are doing this is that they are usually beholden to politicians who are either their patrons or whose supporters will divide themselves along tribal lines meaning celebs can actually lose face an fans by supporting the wrong political factions.

DJ Joe Mfalme
Dj Joe Mfalme has joined in with the voices of artists calling for Kenya to be unlocked

A case in point would be with BBI that is currently being debated. Can you imagine a Jaluo artist publicly saying they are against it when the Luo lynchpin and kingmaker, Raila Odinga has been canvassing the country drumming up support for BBI? Or someone from Ruto’s backyard saying they support BBI. That could be career suicide.
And so Khaligraph Jones and Octopizzo cannot really be seen to be going against the grain of their ethnicity. So you have to understand why they avoid getting political unless their pockets are being affected.

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Then there is the real reason why Kenyan celebs are smart for only speaking when their stomachs are affected: that is what politics is all about -self-interest. Too often, Kenyans vote against their own self-interest simply because their political chieftain and the sycophantic witchdoctors they keep around them tell them it is what is in the best interest for their tribe.

Bahati was among the first to call for the country to be opened up

If there is anything we should learn from Kenyan celebs such as Khaligraph Jones, DJ Joe Mfalme and all the others calling for the country to be unlocked is that we should only ever engage our political leaders to guide their agendas… No, to demand that their agendas reflect our interests. demand your MP goes to parliament and pushes for some sort of social security for you if your job has been affected by the lockdowns. Insist your governor put in place measures to protect you from getting kicked out of your home or you and your family having to sleep hungry.

And I can only hope that our mind;ling intelligence celebrities can now learn how to plan well in advance and see that their self interests should not only be addressed when things are dire. They need to start protecting themselves well in advance.

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Kenyan celebs have one main complaint when it comes to Kenyans; that we do not support them. Whenever you hear them discuss issues, this is the main bone of contention.

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And the reason I am of this opinion is the fact that in recent years, we have seen Kenyan celebs cry out for help and they have received it. Whenever a Kenyan celeb, be they an actor or a comedian or a musician, whenever they cry about falling on hard times, Kenyans rally and help them.

David Major
David Major Ogola rescued from the streets and Kenyans have given him a helping hand

Omosh is the most recent example of this but there are more examples such as Alvan and David Major. I mean, Kenyans actually took the latter to rehab for crying out loud.

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So whenever you hear artists complain, you have to understand that there is a great disconnect between them and their audience. Why? Because we have to appreciate that Kenya is a third world shithole as Trump so eloquently put it.

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That means that a majority of our population is either living beneath or at the poverty lines. So when they give what they can to help an artist, they are doing so out of a genuine desire to help. They get nothing in return and this is charity that is not tax dedactable.

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And it grinds our gears hearing all this and then still being subjected to complaints. Sure, I will be the first to say that there are areas of our support that we can improve on but there must be an appreciation of the fact that kenyans help where they can.

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