Amani National Congress (ANC) Party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, has advised gospel artiste Willy Paul against staging controversial stunts to seek visibility and make his brand more famous.
Speaking to Radio Citizen, Mudavadi urged gospel musicians to understand that their calling is different from that of secular artistes.
The ANC chief suggested he has heard more of Willy Paul’s controversies than his music.
“I have just heard the name Willy Paul, but I have never heard him singing,” said Mudavadi.
Advising the award-winning Kenyan act, who is loved the same way he is disproved, Mudavadi said: “He [Willy Paul] and other musicians should not distort the gospel at all. It is important that they find their ways of attracting audiences and captivating them. However, they shouldn’t try and compete with the people [secular musicians], who have a completely different calling. They need to rethink so that they are not doing anything that is completely off,” said Mudavadi.
The former vice president and deputy prime minister’s remarks come a few days after Willy Paul hogged media headlines for staging what a section of online users termed as a “raunchy” performance with Tanzania’s Nandy at the KICC in Nairobi on May 31 and Sumbawanga, Western Tanzania last Wednesday.
‘TOO BROKE TO AFFORD AIRTIME’
In the Radio Citizen interview, Mudavadi also opened up about a moment he was so broke that he couldn’t even afford phone airtime.
“There are times I have been very broke, finding myself without even a Ksh1, 000 in my pocket. There are times it got to the point where I could not even make a call or hire a taxi. Such situations catch one when another person wants help. So, if you only have a Ksh1, 000 in your pocket, it gets difficult to help the other person, and, as a result, they end up thinking that you refused to assist them,” said Mudavadi.
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