Mikumi area Member of Parliament elect, Joseph Haule, better known by his stage name Professor Jay has revealed he will continue with his music career despite his newly acquired status.
The rapper, who was declared the new Mikumi Constituency legislator in the just ended elections after garnering 32,259 votes, dismissed presumption that he would ditch rapping.
Speaking to Tanzania’s Clouds FM, Professor Jay affirmed he would continue churning out hits, saying it is the talent that contributed immensely to his victory.
“I have used music before to preach integration and development, and I will continue to do so. In many of my compositions, you’d hear me address numerous challenges which face us as Tanzanians. So, I’d say it is indeed music which has given me the voice to be heard,” he told.
Professor Jay added he owes his election victory to music.
“Music has played a big role in popularizing me and my manifesto; were it not for it, I wouldn’t have had gotten the opportunity to represent. I will continue to respect the talent and giftedness God has blessed me with.”
The Ndivyo Sivyo hit-maker added that the title ‘legislator’ wouldn’t pull him away from his initial calling.
“Even as a parliamentarian, I will continue to record new songs,” he said.
Professor Jay, who was vying on the opposition CHADEMA’s ticket, floored the Chama Cha Mapinduzi flag-bearer by a razor-thin margin of 1824 votes.
The ruling party had fielded Jonas Nkya who garnered 30,425 votes.
Professor becomes the second musician to be elected into office in the concluded elections after Yamoto Band manager, Said Fella, got elected as the councilor of Kilungule ward, in Mbagala Constituency.
Professor Jay has in the past shown great interest in politics after veteran rapper Mr Sugu won the Mbeya parliamentary seat in the 2010 elections.
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