Kenyan rapper Khligraph Jones has faulted Kenyan media presenters for promoting foreign musicians on TV and radio at the expense of Kenyan artistes.
The rapper argues that the Kenyan radio and TV hosts have played a vital role in the spread of Nigerian and Tanzanian music in Kenya, forgetting that they [presenters] do not get a reciprocation of their “good will” from media personalities and musicians from those nations.
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I am planning on Bringing at least 10 big Kenyan media personalities/Radio presenters to Nigeria for a 10 day trip which I myself shall cater for,I want to see if some of y’all will be recognized by your Nigerian fans or if you even have fans at all here, it would be very sad if you don’t though 😂😂 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 #respecttheogs
Taking to his Instagram page on Sunday, January 7, Khaligraph said: “I am planning on bringing at least 10 big Kenyan media personalities/ radio presenters to Nigeria for a ten-day trip, which I will cater for. I want to see if some of you all will be recognised by your Nigerian fans; or if you even have fans at all over here. It would be very sad if you don’t though. [Adds laughing face emoji].”
The musician’s remarks attracted hundreds of comments, with sections either differing or agreeing with the artiste.
Nazizi applauded Khaligrpah, saying: “Word [adds fisted hand sign emoji].”
Sauti Sol’s Bien-Aime Baraza said: “Bro, you know you are shaking up the table.”
Comedian and Milele FM radio host, Jalang’o, said: “King, two things might rule me out of the trip. 1. I may not be in the top 10 media personalities. 2. You may not be able to cater for my needs!”
Celebrity publicist Anyiko Owoko said: “Khaligraph, you know I love you [for always speaking what is on your mind].”
K24 TV host Betty Kyallo said: “[Khaligraph, those are] my thoughts, [exactly].”
Khaligraph’s gripe comes in the wake of claims that media houses in Kenya have failed local musicians.
Recently, Nyashinski entered into an online argument with Willy Tuva over claims that Tuva has played a vital role in ensuring Tanzanian musicians have a breakthrough in Kenya.
Calls for Kenyan media personalities to embrace local talent continue to take center stage online.