Whenever I see foreign musicians talk about how they miss Kenya, can’t wait to come back and whatnot I am often curious.
I get it, we want these celebrities to love our country and whatnot.
But doesn’t it bother us that our own musicians don’t reap the benefits of being musicians in this country?
We have heard that musicians from other countries come here, they are paid well. PAID WELL. And sometimes, them wanting to come back is not so much about the country but rather, the economic benefits they reap from coming to perform here (otherwise they would come without there being a concert).
Concert promoters often say that having Kenyan performers doesn’t reap the profits the foreign musicians do but I think that is a cop out. And that is why what Nyashinski did with Shin City is important and urgent. Those like him, with the muscle and ability to mentor and uplift other musicians.
I won’t say much about our useless government but the fact of the matter is that it is by design that local musicians aren’t as supported as they should be.