Local musicians urged to drop divisive songs ahead of 2022

Written By: Hunja Macharia/Tommas Kimani

Musicians have been urged to shun politicians who use them to create hatred and political turmoil during elections.

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Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua instead asked the artists to use their talent to promote harmony and peaceful co-existence among Kenyans.

Mutua was speaking during a music extravaganza in support of ailing veteran Kikuyu musician Dickson Njoroge Munyonyi composer of the ‘Firirinda’ hit song at Icon Gardens in Juja, Kiambu County.

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The KFCB boss said artists should promote peace through their content and added that the Board will be supporting the likes of Wamunyonyi in uplifting and popularizing traditional music.

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Mutua asked Kenyans on Twitter and the Kenya Tourism Board to take the ‘Firirinda’ challenge and promote the song abroad.

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The occasion attended by a cross-section of Kikuyu Benga and gospel musicians under the Talented Musicians Composers ( TAMCO) Sacco was used to raise funds in aid of Dickson who lost his voice recently as a result of a throat infection.

The musician who hails from Gatundu South composed the ‘Firirinda’ song in the mid-1980s and was at one time a guest entertainer at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s wedding.

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The song which he composed 35 years ago became a hit recently after going viral on social platforms.

The Chairman of Tamco Epha Maina welcomed the support towards Wamunyonyi and urged other Kenyans of goodwill to chip in.

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