Nigerian artist Ketchup says Kenyan musicians are comfortable being kings of Kenya

Nigerian artist Onyido Nkemjika, popularly known as Ketchup, has said that Kenyan musicians are comfortable being kings of Kenya and are not ambitious enough to break into the international market.

Ketchup made the remarks during an interview on the Kenganda podcast, where he was asked to compare Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya. He said that Nigeria is the most powerful and popular country in Africa, and that Kenya is trying to level up and catch up with the West Africans.

“The competition is a lot steeper in Nigeria because when you talk about entertainment, there is so much raw talent in Nigeria,” Ketchup said. “A little bit more than 50% of the youth are doing something that they actually believe in, wasn’t given to them by the government, weren’t taught about it in school. They’re comedians, actors, people that didn’t even go to school for acting. They’re doing this thing. Musicians don’t even know this thing for doremifasolatido- they didn’t go to school for music but they are making great music and the world is feeling it, you see?”

Ketchup also said that Kenyan artists are not as ambitious as Nigerian artists.

“For me, I feel like the comparison in being compared to Kenya- Kenyan artists are a little comfortable, they like it when they are the king of Kenya, they’re like ‘I’m good, I’m okay, Kenyan people love me’…but in Nigeria, it’s like ‘once Nigerian people know me, what about that other side of the world? Let’s go to that place and ‘destroy’ everything. We want to be everywhere at the same time,” he said.

Ketchup’s comments have sparked a debate on social media, with some Kenyans agreeing with him and others disagreeing.

Those who agree with Ketchup say that Kenyan artists need to be more ambitious and should not be content with being popular only in Kenya. They say that Kenyan artists should focus on making music that will appeal to a global audience.


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Those who disagree with Ketchup say that he is being unfair to Kenyan artists. They say that there are many talented Kenyan artists who are working hard to break into the international market. They also say that it is not easy for any artist to break into the international market, regardless of their nationality.

The debate over whether Kenyan artists are comfortable being kings of Kenya is likely to continue. However, one thing is for sure: Ketchup’s comments have put the spotlight on the issue of Kenyan music and its place in the global market.

Rico Gang drops sizzling jam ‘Piki Piki Maua’ alongside Ketchup and Ssaru (Video)

Rico Gang, the Kenyan Gengetone group that is behind hits like; Chachisha, Bluetooth Device and Kimonyoski, has dropped a new track with Ssaru and Ketchup from Nigeria and it is getting a lot of love from their fans.

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The song dubbed Piki Piki Maua, which is currently ruling the airwaves, is based on a childhood game that I am sure most of the people who are reading this article are familiar with.


If you don’t know it then you did not have a blast like the rest of us when we were young and it shows. Anyway, I am just kidding. Let’s get back to our review.

This jam is really awesome. It’s so dope. I’m a huge fan of the two artists who were featured by Rico Gang on this jam i.e. Ssaru and Ketchup and that only means that I have to like it.

All the three members of Rico Gang i.e. Harry Craze, Tirand Rands and Gray Cee did such a good job on this track. If you ask me, I’ll tell you that there is no jam by Rico Gang that does not slap hard.

These guys have a dope flow and mad punchlines and I mean all of them. However, if I had to pick one then I would go for Harry Craze because of his unique voice. He’s just awesome to listen to.

Rico Gang
Rico Gang

Like I mentioned earlier, I am a fan of Ssaru. She is so dope and it is not a surprise that she has been nicknamed the queen of Gengetone. This lass has some dope wordplay. Trust me.

Ketchup also did a good job. He added some Nigerian vibe to this track and it sort of spiced it up. He also had a very sick verse which blended well with those of Rico Gang and Ssaru.

The beat and instrumentation are also catchy and it makes you feel like hitting the club the moment this song comes on. The video was impeccable especially the styling and scene transitioning.

Watch Piki Piki Maua below and tell us what you think. Enjoy and kudos to Rico Gang.