Kenyans protest dominance of Nigerian music


It started in Uganda when Gagamel big boss, Bebe Cool, wrote denouncing the massive airplay given to Nigerian music at the expense of Ugandan music.

Bebe was met with serious hostility from the Deejays who claimed to play quality music.

Now, the Kenya Musician Movement (KENAM) is also protesting the lack of airplay and bias towards South and West African music as they demanded for 70 per cent Kenyan music airplay in all platforms.

Nairobi News quotes Mitch Wyclif, a publicist for beat Ya Keggah production label, who says they are angry at how local media predominantly play music from other countries.

“We are demanding for 70pc airplay from our local media as we see only Tanzania and Nigeria music being aired,” said Mitch.

Mitch cited corruption in the local media, claiming local musicians have to pay media producers and DJs before their music can be played.

“The media has turned to be the most corrupt platform. One has to bribe producers of shows and DJs in order to get airplay in their station,” said Mitch.

He added: “Here in Kenya, we are lucky even to get 10pc airtime on our local music. Nigerian music is played back to back on our free to air stations that reach the masses. Our local acts can barely earn a living.”


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