“Ma-Artist Ndio Mafala.” Gospel Rapper Collo’s Take on Kenyan Music Debate

There’s no music industry in Kenya but an entertainment scene full of hedonistic and narcissistic talents who need to meet faith!

Those are the words of secular-turned-gospel rapper Collo, formerly of Kleptomaniax alongside Nyashinski and Roba.

The ‘Bazokizo’ rapper is one of many rappers who has added his voice to the ongoing debate sparked by Khaligraph Jones on the dire state of Kenyan music industry.

According to Collo Mfalme, local artistes have themselves to blame for all that is happening to them.

“All what is happening to our Kenyan artists, in my opinion, is of our own doing & failing to present a solution hence, we’re ‘bird boxed’ with no divine wisdom to understand the true meaning of teamwork,” said Collo.

He also noted that the media is owned and controlled by politicians who have no interest in empowering artistes.

Read his full rant below.

“The Media Mountain including most (if not all) broadcast stations are owned and controlled by politicians who have no interest at all in empowering artists, especially for an existing majority of musicians who lack character. The peculiar patterns of seeing radio presenters, journalist including other members of the 4th Estate desiring to be the ones walking the red carpet in events also amazes me but Nairobi has also taught me a valuable lesson, “game ni game”… All what is happening to our Kenyan artists in my opinion is of our own doing & failing to present a solution hence, we’re ‘bird boxed’ with no divine wisdom to understand the true meaning of team work. For example, is it ever possible for your Top 10 or even 5 artists to come together in their own accord for a common goal with regards to alternative platforms and avenues or is it the same old pattern of ‘mi nimnoma kkuliko’? There’s no industry here but an entertainment scene full of hedonistic and narcissistic talents who need to meet faith! Never chase success… attract it by knowing who you are! #Jijue #FOMniYESU.”

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