[ View the story "Kenyan musicians strike a chord" on Storify] Kenyan musicians strike a chord Artists in the country demand more airtime.
The Stream· Wed, Aug 19 2015 19:01:09
Earlier this month, Kenyan musicians
in the capital, Nairobi, demanding radio stations play at least 70 per cent locally produced music.
Many Kenyan musicians say
it is difficult
to gain exposure and earn a living in Kenya. They claim that radio stations favour music from other countries, such as Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa. In fact, according to the most recent distribution numbers, six of the top 10 royalty earners in Kenya
, with the highest royalty earner being Tanzanian rapper
In an attempt to aid the country's struggling musicians, the government recently
its long-awaited National Music policy.
Developed over 10 years, the policy seeks to remedy a number of issues facing Kenya's music industry. Somewhat controversially, the policy requires the government to ensure 60 per cent of music played on radio and television stations is made by Kenyan artists.
In some parts of Kenya, musicians are actually paying to get their songs on the radio. The government of Mombasa county
Kenyan artists from other regions 200,000 Kenyan shillings ($1948 USD) for the right to have their songs on the radio and to perform in the county.
Kenyan media should stop demanding for money to play Kenyan content. We are going to the streets.
Another hashtag Kenyans have used to draw attention to local talent is
, which was used more than 3,000 times in 24 hours.
#MyFavoriteKenyanArtist is definitely @daddyowenmusic may God continue blessing you for the good music sir.The Mixx Maestro Mbs
#MyFavoriteKenyanArtist , Nameless, Nonini, King Kaka, Klepto (When they existed) and the Legend Esir .. Avril and Wahu the only ladiesIG: hiram_vier
We asked The Stream's online community if local music quotas can help Kenyan musicians:
Yes. Why? Because the government has a responsibility to ensure fair distribution of public goods & services.Music is one of them.
@ajstream Well Im not in Kenya but once in SA we had the same problem but thanks to Government and local shows that has changed #playkemusicEmmanuel
@AJStream I think Kenyan artists should be calm about that and work on making their songs able to challenge the foreign songs being played.StreetTalks
@AJStream why would gov't intervene. Music is art, if it's good, neither God, the devil or gov't will stop us from listening and vice versaCastro Ambiyo
@ajstream we have corrupt media, corrupt djz, corrupt presenters who get bribed to bring the authentic talent down!Kingsko Ligih G.Y.R
What do you think? Share your thoughts on #PlayKeMusic with us at #AJStream.