A seemingly furious Sirisia politician Moses Nandalwe on Friday slammed Luhya leaders for ignoring to support upcoming artists.
Speaking at Tourist Hotel Bungoma during a dinner launch of Steve Kay’s new recording label, the youthful ODM leader ashamed local leaders who have constantly turned a deaf ear agaist local artists and instead, ‘worship outside’ artists.
Mr. Nandalwe, who is arguably one of the biggest supporters of Steve Kay, wondered why elected leaders give much attention to foreign and established artists from other parts of the country and ignore their own homegrown artists.
“Since I came to know Steve Kay, I have never missed his live performances at Samba Club in Nairobi, unless I am on a foreign trip,” he told the hundreds of the invite-only guests during the colourful evening event.
‘When you go to Nairobi and other towns, Luos, Kalenjins, Kikuyus as well as Kamba leaders and fans give overwhelming support to artists from their communities, but here in Luhyaland, sometimes we find ourselves turning up in embarrassing numbers that are not enough to generate good income to our own talents.”
Nandalwe’s frustrations could have been fueled by the failure by the local invited leaders who gave the event a wide birth.
Among those invited was Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, and local legislators.
No elected leader attended the fete apart from Kimilili MCA and musician David Barasa aka Webuye Jua Kali.
Their absence was a direct contrast to Churchill Show’s event in Bungoma last year when almost all the leaders turned up for the show.
Steve Kay was launching Classic Records, a brand that will benefit upcoming artists from all the five counties in Western Kenya for a start.
According to his manager Maureen Osiche, the launch was part the Musicians strategic blue print for the year 2020 which also includes Kuza Talanta Magharibi initiative, aimed at identifying and nurturing artists from Western Kenya.
“As a towering artist, we thought that it was a good idea to give back to the society because Western Kenya has so many talented artists but very few of them can manage to raise enough resources to build their career,” Maureen told the guests.
His Kuza Talanta initiative is a partnership with a renowned media house in Kenya and it will be taking place after every two months.
The process will include auditioning artists in every County starting with Bungoma and winners signed to Classic Records during a live concert in that County.
The good news is that the winners will not have to spend a coin at the launched Recording Label as sponsors are already involved.
The launch was sponsored by CPF Financial Services (CPF), a company that seeks to change lives by securing one’s future through a pension plan.