Diamond Platnumz’s manager, Babu Tale, has finally spoken over allegations that Tanzanian songs, particularly from the WCB Crew, are highly favored in Kenya than local music. This comes after an intense campaign done by Kenyan musicians on social media to promote their music locally.
Through his Instagram page, Babu Tale reminded Kenyan artists of Tanzania’s humble beginning in music, back when Kenyan music was the pillar of entertainment industry in East Africa. He went on to blast Kenyan musicians for their arrogance and unwillingness to move with trends by using Uganda’s Jose Chameleon as an example.
“Kitambo Tanzania ilikua radio zote ni bolingo. Then ukaamia mziki wa Kenya basi wakenya washakuja sana kwetu na tulikua tunawaona kama wanafanikiwa sababu wanaimba kumix na kizungu. Ghafla akaja kaka kutoka UG akajambisha kinomaaa kipindi icho kupanda ndege ni utajiri tunaona basi mtoto wa moro aliyekua anakaa upanga alipambana kwenda kubanana nao mpaka wakahisi ni wakwao”
Many Kenyan musicians have been complaining of lack of support locally and not getting enough airplay on radio and TVs. Top artists like Khaligraph Jones and King Kaka have gone as far as to start campaigns through their social media pages with the hashtag #playkenyanmusic.
However, more Kenyans continue to favor Tanzania’s Bongo music and Nigeria’s Afrobeat genre over Kenyan music. While some argue that Kenyan artists are “dirty” and unoriginal in their music, some people are fully on-board with the idea of supporting local talent.
Just barely over a year ago, Nigerian music star and multiple award winner, Burna Boy, bashed Kenyans on Twitter for not supporting their own. Apparently, he was right -“Nobody will respect us if we don’t respect ourselves”
Babu Tale, in his statement, asked Kenyan musicians to remain discreet in their #playkenyanmusic campaign and just make good music. He also encouraged the artists to push the local boundaries like Tanzania has done and strive to get airplay outside the country.