March 23, 2017
Victoria Kimani has finally addressed an issue that has been eating many Kenyan artists for years now. Most of them have had to struggle with being given petty money to perform as opening acts for foreign artists especially Nigerians.
This issue has made many artists give up on their careers as they feel unappreciated by their own country which never gives them a chance to prove what they are really made of. In a detailed post, Victoria Kimani started off by saying…
Riding around Nairobi, seeing billboards on top of billboards of these shows, why are none of us headlining? Why does it have to be this way… year after year after year…. we constantly place every other country, city, town above our own, Not every artist has the opportunities That A few of us have to leave Kenya and be seen on stages with that wide Africa reach, what the hell would I do if I didn’t have those opportunities,,,, I’d sit here and either throw my own concert (coming soon) …. or wait to be some so called’ opening act for less than ksh200K … while we watch them make $50,000 – $100,000 right in our face!
The singer went on to add that countries like Tanzania and Uganda appreciate their own artists and this is why they are becoming better than us, which is true. It is unfortunate that our own artists have to be treated like they don’t matter and when they make it everyone pretends to show much they are pretending.
Why can’t we learn from Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and many more and be as excited to see ourselves as we are others?! And then get mad and wanna call me Nigerian because I am blessed to be booked there from time to time…: wow guys…. This self hate we got has to change pretty soon or we will keep loosing gems like Lupita who many of you literally chased away, then get mad if she acts brand new on you when she’s back home mannn all I’m saying is book us now before you can no longer afford us. Brands too…. use your local faces ! GIVE THE YOUTH A CHANCE…. don’t chase our Artistic dreams away!!…. you guys are sleeping on PICASSO AND MOZART ARE YOU STUPID!? #ForgiveMe #IamAnArtist #ImPassionateAboutMyShit #FreeKenyanArt #PayKenyanArt … so I and many others don’t have to keep leaving our HOME to make a normal living as an artiste
We have a long way to go if such mistakes will be rectified in order for our artists to feel they matter and what they do is appreciated.