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The famous pimped-up matatus, or minibus taxis, of Kenya's capital, often move through the traffic to the sound of Nigerian Afrobeats music, Tanzania's Bongo Flava or South Africa's Amapiano.

Step out of the vehicle and the foreign tunes are booming through the speakers of street vendors.

And likewise on the radio, the most played tunes are rarely from Kenya.

The global rise of Africa's urban pop music scene has been a source of pride for the continent, but in Kenya it has also raised concerns that local musicians are being squeezed out.

Some in the industry say that new Kenyan talent is not being given the chance to break through.

One radical solution is to raise the quota for Kenyan music on radio stations from the current 40%, agreed in 2014, to 75% of the tracks aired.

The drive is being led by popular local comedian, Eric Omondi, who recently staged an eye-catching protest outside parliament while enclosed in a glass box that was emblazoned with the words "play 75% Kenyan".


Comedian Eric Omondi sat in a glass box outside parliament to publicise his push for more local music on the radio

Several MPs expressed support for his push, including John Kiarie, a former comedian, who later urged parliament to "unlock" the potential of Kenya's creative economy sector by approving the proposal.

"I'm pushing for more upcoming talents to be featured on radio and TV. I want to ensure our youth get airplay and build their brands and become self-sufficient," Omondi told BBC Swahili.

But the current figure of 40% is already a hefty amount and there are questions as to why, given this exposure, Kenyan musicians continue to struggle.

One of the difficulties is that more airplay has not translated into more revenue for the artists.

Lack of royalties

The problem is that Kenyan broadcasters, while complying with the quota, have been reluctant to pay royalties.

Court cases challenging this non-payment have dragged on for years.

"We're only collecting about 20% of the royalties," said Peter Inyenze, the head of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya - the body that represents owners of music copyrights.

"This has been a problem in Kenya over the years. Broadcasters have always said that they have no money and business was not good."

A presidential decree last year included the payment of royalties as a condition for the renewal of broadcasting licences - so things may change.

Mr Inyenze said he has now been getting correspondence from broadcasters about paying their outstanding royalties.

But, perhaps because of the lack of money, there is also the question of whether there is enough new quality Kenyan music being produced to fill the proposed quota.

Sauti Sol are one of the few Kenyan acts to break through across the continent

Music executive Agnes Nonsizi believes that as it evolved into Gengetone, which was influenced by dancehall and reggaeton, the unique pop identity was chipped away - allowing for the entry of sounds from Nigeria and Tanzania.

There have been some breakout stars like Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones and Nameless. But success stories have been few and many have struggled to make money from their talent.

Music publicist Bilha Nguraiya has some harsh words for many Kenyan musicians who she thinks "don't want to compete and measure up" with the continental stars.

"Music was a way for some of them to get away from poverty. And now they are too scared to get out of their comfort zone because it might upset the equation - they don't know better and are afraid to take risks," she told the BBC.

Lewd lyrics

As well as the lack of ambition and business acumen among musicians, there is also the question of identity and how local fans experience the music.

University student Priscilla Awino explains that she prefers Tanzanian Bongo music because of its "poetic" Swahili.

"I can't relate with the message in Afrobeats but it's entertaining, I love the rhythm, the pidgin accent and I find them genuinely cultural - you can tell this is distinctly African."

Some say that one reason Kenyans don't have a strong affinity with local music is because it doesn't have a strong cultural grounding, but Nguraiya disagrees.

"Our music has an identity, it really does. But it's Kenyan consumers who have a problem with the identity. Artists are a mirror of society, but we just don't like what we are seeing in the mirror," she said.

There is also a growing inclination among upcoming musicians for lewdness, fabricated stories of gang violence and controversy that thrusts them suddenly into the spotlight before they soon fizzle and disappear.

Little wonder some local clubs do not play Kenyan music and it is rare to get their visitors requesting Kenyan music, according to DJ Sashi Diva.

"The songs rake in millions of views on YouTube but you can't play them in a club because not every controversial thing will be consumed. That is where Nigerians and Tanzanians beat us," she said.

And this all feeds back into what radio stations are prepared to play and whether they could fill a 75% quota.

Media houses have already raised concerns about the proposal. They argue that radio stations have to air what the audiences want in order to survive.

While Kenyan vernacular radio stations mostly play local music, the national stations that draw the biggest audiences thrive on foreign content.

The Star newspaper - owned by the Radio Africa Group which has six national radio stations - argued in a recent editorial against the need for new legislation as it "will reduce the variety in the output of Kenyan TV and radio".

"Let TV and radios compete for audiences by offering both local and international content in varying permutations," it said.

A desire to support local artists may persuade some parliamentarians to back a quota change, but it may ultimately achieve little if Kenyans continue to prefer foreign sounds.

Around the country, listeners are voting with their ears, and for the moment Afrobeat and Bongo Flava are clear favourites.


Source: BBC


INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED Nigerian gospel musician, Sinach, is set to perform in the country on the 21st of this month.

‘The Way Maker’ hitmaker who made her maiden concert in the country in 2013, is set to have her 3rd performance at the Harare International Conference Centre.

“We are excited to announce the coming of Sinach, a veteran gospel musician who is internationally recognised. She will be performing at HICC on the 21st of February,” said event manager, Carol Matibiri.

The multi-award-winning gospel sensation will be supported by a star-studded line up which includes Minister Mahendere, Takesure Zamar and South African gospel heavyweight Nthokozo Mbambo.

Go Gospel promoter, Frazer Chibanda noted: “Sinach will be sharing the stage with some of our best gospel artists who include Minister Mahendere, Celebration Choir, Mkululi Bhebhe and Everton Mlalazi.”

Born Osinachi Kalu, the talented musician who last performed in the country in 2016, will rekindle romance with her fans at a show dubbed ‘It’s Time’.

Source: ZBC News

The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission -CEEC- has engaged the Drug Enforcement Commission -DEC- to investigate the diversion of the Presidential Arts Empowerment Loans by some beneficiaries.

Public Relations and Communication Manager MICHELO MUKATA says preliminary investigations have revealed that some beneficiaries are allegedly conniving with suppliers to obtain cash instead of buying pieces of equipment.

Mr. MICHELO has disclosed this in an interview with ZNBC News in LUSAKA.

He urged the beneficiaries of the Presidential Arts Empowerment Loans to ensure the facility is not abused for them to be economically empowered.

In 2020, the CEEC released over 27 million KWACHA to 1-hundred and 52 projects under the Presidential Arts Empowerment Loan Facility.

This was after the CEEC forged a Partnership with the National Arts Council -NAC – to disburse and manage the Presidential Arts Empowerment Loans.

To-date the CEEC has disbursed over eight million KWACHA to 54 artists.

The commission has further partially released over 15 million KWACHA to 85 artists.


Source: ZNBC

By Ndangwa Mwittah, Livingstone

AWARD-WINNING Zambian singing sensation Mampi, whose first single for the year was Ubepelefye, a song she released in August featuring XYZ chief executive officer Bobby East, is back with another hit titled Inna your Heart.

This you have got to listen to and watch. What is even better is that the latest single from Swililili singer, who confirmed to the Weekend Mail in an interview that she is now signed to Kalandanya Music Promotions, is that it is a reggae dancehall.

The reggae themed song and visuals were directed by Sammie D and Q Paper.

Early this year, Mampi who is quite travelled, had mooted plans of releasing her fourth studio album.

“There isn’t much I am doing at the moment because of the prevailing situation but once this is over, I am going to release my album,” she said.

Source: ZDM《》RT

US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the hit Marvel superhero franchise, has died of cancer, his family say.

The 43-year-old died at home in Los Angeles with his family by his side.

Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.

“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman first came to prominence playing real-life figures – baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, and musician James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up.

However, it will be as the titular Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 film he will be best remembered.

Boseman stars as the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth.

As well as winning critical praise and taking more than $1.3 billion US dollars (£973m) at cinemas worldwide, the film was widely seen as a cultural milestone for having a largely black cast and a black director, Ryan Coogler.

Boseman said last year that the film had changed what it means to be “young, gifted and black”.

Black Panther was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture at the Oscars.

He also played the same role in other Marvel films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

The announcement will come as a shock to many as Boseman never discussed his 2016 diagnosis publicly.

However, fans started raising concerns over his health this year due to noticeable weight loss.

Source: BBC《》RT

Award winning Nigerian musician Davido is walking tall with his second studio album “A Good Time” after it has registered over a billion streams.

Columbia Records UK made the announcement on Tuesday. The record label also congratulated the singer, songwriter and record producer for the development.

“HUGE congrats to @davido – ‘A Good Time’ has officially reached OVER 1 BILLION streams,” tweeted the company.

The album, which was freed in November last year, is among Africa’s top billed works of art. It features a number of giant figures in music; American Chris Brown and Jamaican Popcaan among other stars.

Some people have said Davido’s record is not worth celebrating because songs in the said album are old ones.

“But you people are clapping it’s the old songs on the album that’s giving him the numbers. If Davido didn’t put FALL, IF, BLOW MY MIND, that album wouldn’t even scratch 100 million streams. But oh well, davido was smart to add it,” retweeted Fawaz@fuji_waz

Meanwhile, the Nigerian musician is working on his third album “A Better Time” in Los Angeles, USA. He is also expected to make noise with the music collection which is in the baking process.

Born David Adedeji Adeleke, Davido is one of top musicians in Africa. He rose to fame in 2012 with his hit single entitled Dami Duro. Some of his popular songs are Skelewu and Ekuro.

Source: M24《》RT

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation- ZNBC Director General Malolela Lusambo has challenged local producers to continuously scrutinise their work so that they can produce quality content.

Lusambo says continuous review of content will help producers to come up with products of high standard.

He says this will also go a long way in helping the Country’s movies to penetrate the International Market.

Lusambo was speaking when he met the cast and crew of two television series namely FATE and The Will.

Speaking at the same event, actor Malumba Malumba said the gesture by ZNBC to support locally produced movies has played a critical role in supplementing Government efforts of job creation.

And The Will executive Producer Japhet Chulu said so far, over 45 people have been employed through the production of the TV series.

Meanwhile, ZNBC Director Marketing and Sales Evans Muhanga has called for unity of purpose among local producers if they are to make an impact in the region and at the global level.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Dora Siliya has praised the private sector for playing its part in enhancing the development of the film industry.

Siliya says the film sector has continued to steadily grow despite being affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

She says Government has however continued to respond to the challenges that the industry is faced with through policy formulation by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services and a further commitment of 30 million Kwacha to help the sector thriving during the period.

Siliya noted that through Zambezi Magic, Zambians can tell their stories to the world through programs that are running such as Mpali, Zuba and Tuvwange.

Siliya was speaking at her office when she introduced a six-part series dubbed Black Dollar by Kazadi Films.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

Many musicians of his calibre and age are long gone, but that has not deterred veteran artist Giddes Chalamanda from enjoying what he loves most—playing music.

At 90, Chalamanda continues to entertain the masses with his music, guitar and dancing prowess.

If he is not with his favourite cronies Edgar ndi Davis blushing shoulders with some of the big names in Malawi society, he is trekking in and out of his home district Chiradzulu with his two sons doing small gigs. The three make K30 000 per show which they share for their survival.

Agide, as he is fondly known, does that to fend for himself and the family. But behind the energy that comes with his irresistible guitar dexterity that has left some limping off the dancing floor having twisted an ankle or toe, the veteran musician lives in abject poverty.

His strong voice that adorn songs like Linny, Che Meri and Napolo, has unfortunately earned him fame, not wealth.

The money fans give him during shows have done little or nothing to improve the nonagenarian’s life as witnessed recently in a video where the artist is featured by Patience Namadingo.

Frail as the old man looks, Agide’s face and surroundings spell nothing but neediness.

In the motion picture, his face normally lights up every time you talk music with him and his voice transforms into a crispy melody when he sings. However, it is different when he speaks.

As Namadingo initially calls him a 90-year-old celebrity, it makes sense considering the achievements Agide has made in the accoustic music.

For years, he has been part of a movement promoting traditional genres and instruments such as malimba, banjo and babatoni.

However, when Agide is off stage after entertaining the diverse audience he attracts into catchy dancing steps, he rests in a dilapidated house.

What is dangerous about the house is a big crack on one of the sides which, with a small push, will see that side collapsing, rendering him and his family destitute.

Yet this is a long-serving musician, a crowd-puller.

It is through a conversation that the two artists are having that Namadingo says: “Gidess Chalamanda is now a retired musician,” to which the legend agrees.

With the retirement, the legend’s wish, however, is to have a sustainable source of income for his family.

“If I can be selling things like soap, salt, beans, rice through a small shop.

“That will be fine,” he explains.

As a brand ambassador for FDH Bank, Namadingo says the bank will construct a shop for Chalamanda’s survival.

However, the retirement gift has attracted some questions as to why Namadingo is making the key decision on behalf of the legend.

Says Namadingo: “Giddes is a 90-year-old man, he is not a child. He is just tired of going around places to perform. He is not tired of singing and he loves what he does, which is music. But make no mistake, he does not like going around making money like K30 000 to make ends meet.

“So we are doing what he wants to do based on what he said in an interview. This is what the family wants too. If he had a car that he or someone drives him that would have been fine because it’s not just about money but the comfortability too.”

He urges people to show goodwill and take care of the elderly, stating that Agide has reached his retirement age and people must accept it.

“Gidess is not an island, he has a wife and four children and poverty is the story of this family. So we are building a grocery from a scratch and we will stock it up with a starter pack. This will in turn be a family business,” said Namadingo.

For almost a decade, the acoustic duo of Edgar ndi Davis have been performing with Agide. Through their joint shows, the legend found a lifeline for survival and made his dream trip to the US.

In 2016, the duo turned into reality Agide’s long-time dream of performing in the US.

Asked if the decision to have him retire was bounced to his cronies, Namadingo said: “Edgar and Davis have been with Gidess for some time and their relationship is more of artists that perform together. I was linked to Giddes through Davis as my initial plan was to do a mash-up with him. I didn’t envisage seeing him in abject poverty. His living conditions are very poor.”

Namadingo added that he spoke with Agide about his condition and then he also spoke to FDH Bank about it.

Source: NATION《》RT

As the surge in new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases continues in the country, the government has reiterated its ban on public entertainment events.

In a statement on Friday, the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 warned that due to the escalation of Covid-19 transmission and deaths, there is need for stricter measures to contain the oubreak.

Among others, the government has suspended night binges and holding of events in entertainment places. All bottle stores, pubs, bars and clubs have been advised to open only from 2 to 7pm just for purposes of buying and drinking from home.

The suspension has also prohibited the holding of cultural activities including traditional dances, weddings and engagement ceremonies.

“All measures for the prevention, containment and management of the pandemic shall be enforced by local councils and relevant law enforcing agencies,” reads the statement in part.

The announcement has met a positive reaction from some musicians who resumed live performances in defiance to the initial ban.

Zembani Band owner Lucius Banda said the current ban makes a lot of sense unlike previously when the pandemic was less intense.

In an interview he said: “As it is now, it didn’t even need the government to tell us to stop. By last week, Zembani had already stopped [live shows].”

Black Missionaries band manager Ras Ray Harawa said they will abide by the directive, but the government must work out alternative ways of helping artists survive.

His stance was shared by Musicians Union of Malawi president Gloria Manong’a who said much as they appreciate the government’s position on the issue, musicians need a financial bailout as they have been hit hard.

“We are musicians and we cannot just turn ourselves into vegetable sellers overnight. At least, other sectors are working in different circumstances and earning a little something, but that cannot be said of musicians,” she said.

Manong’a urged the government to provide small and short medium loans to boost the economic status of the musicians.

Source: NATION《》RT

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