I am rich, says veteran Tanzanian singer Mr Nice

Veteran Tanzanian singer Lucas Mkenda, better known by his stage name Mr Nice, has come out to refute claims that he is broke.

Speaking to Tanzania’s Bongo5 last week, the Kidali Po star said if he was facing financial bottlenecks as quotas claim, then he would not have built a big mansion in a span of three months as he recently did.

“What people don’t know is that they gave me a lot of money that I am using to date. Those who claim I am broke don’t know what they are talking about – I am very loaded. I am now putting to shame those who mocked me for ‘going broke’.

“I have built a big mansion at my rural place in Moshi; within three months the construction was complete,” said Mr Nice.

He questioned if “any broke person” can achieve such a milestone.

“Can those who are languishing in poverty build such a house today? Why don’t you concentrate on those artistes who are stressed? Now that gesture puts to shame those who unrelentingly mocked me,” concluded the singer.

Mr Nice was a big hit in Kenya in mid 2000s with songs such as FagiliaKidali Po and Kikulacho.

I don’t need to compete with other musicians

The singer also divulged in the same interview that he does not need to compete with other musicians because he already accomplished a lot in his heyday.

Mr Nice addressed the delayed release of his new video, citing “not being satisfied with its quality”.

The Bongo Flava artiste has said that the video to the song Kioo is below par and claims that had he released it, it would have diminished his stature as a respected musician.

Nonetheless, he is shooting another video and will release it as soon as it is done.

“The video to Kioo was ready but my management and I couldn’t release it because of the standards. I talked to the people closest to me and we decided it wasn’t something we would release. Fans should be ready because we have shot another one,” he said.

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