Local musicians urged to drop divisive songs ahead of 2022

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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