South African artists Mafikizolo during a past public appearance. PHOTO | COURTESY

Artists protest decision to have Mafikizolo as main acts of ‘Magical Kenya’ event

Kenyan musicians on Wednesday took to Twitter to air their frustrations to a government agency for booking South African artists to perform at a Kenyan event as the main acts instead of one of their own.

This comes after the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB), under the Magical Kenya Open Golf tournament going down this weekend, invited continental heavy hitters Mafikizolo as the main performers with Kenyan acts – including Ciano Maimba, David Hunter, June Gachui, and Silayio – reduced only to curtain raising.

This did not go down well with Kenyan artists who felt one of their own should have been given the chance as the main act as it would promote the country’s culture; which is the mandate of KTB.

The artists – led by Benga maestro Dan Aceda – further slammed the government for allegedly not providing enough platforms and opportunities for those in the Arts sector.

Kenyans on social media also joined the artists in airing their frustration:

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