Power In Music | Ado Veli Podcast Season 2 Episode 9
There is power in Music! Sit back and enjoy, Ado Veli Podcast Season 2 Episode 9 is here to explain just that.
There has been a lot going on in Kenya and Africa as a whole. “Msanii ni kioo cha jamii” is a Swahili phrase that can be loosely be translated to mean,
a musician is the mirror of the society.
This is something huge that has made many artistes suffer in the hands of their
country’s authorities. Take for example the Jamaican artiste Vybz Kartel, him being popular and influential through his music
than Jamaican’s major political parties. JLP and PNP did make him find himself in some compromising circumstances, of
life imprisonment for murder.
Fast forward seven years after his detention,his music is still ruling charts worldwide and
he has new music every single month. Even though the state incarcerated him,his influence to the youth was not shaken infact
the state just boosted him to gain more influence worldwide.
Coming back to Africa, and you will find a new generation of African musicians who are taking on politics and gaining
young fans. But just where did this all start?
Miriam Makeba did release a song serving warning to the apartheid government with “Ndodemnyama (Beware,Verwoerd)”.
Fela Kuti also rebuked wayward post colonial leaders, with the song “Water No Get Enemy”. Just recently Nigeria’s Falz’s
song “This Is Nigeria” was banned, this was a remake to American rapper Childish Gambino’s song, “This Is America”
Gambino was talking about American cultural acclaim, while Falz critique Nigeria’s ills and the song was silenced by an embarrassed state.
Even when songs are not about politics, governments always find a way to ban them using conservative values to keep a country
in check. Tanzania’s artiste Diamond Platnumz had two of his songs banned this year and a month later he was detained for
a social media post deemed indecent by the country’s authorities. Arresting the country’s biggest musician sends a clear message
to ordinary young Tanzanians.
In Uganda,musician Bobi Wine’s popularity was enough to turn him to a lawmaker.During 2017 elections he was able to beat out the ruling and opposition party candidates
to win his seat. Being “Ghetto King” his message has always being to speak out corruption, social media taxation and Yoweri Museveni’s continued grip on presidency
for three decades.Recently Bobi Wine’s supporters clashed with those of Yoweri Museveni,the state arrested him in attempts to neutralize him.
The state is fearing him because of his influence and by that they have seen it when he became a kingmaker, after four of the candidates he backed won their By-election.
Following his detention his fans came out to protest with all they could,using social media and also the protest were seen in other African coutries,
but causing chaos in the capital of Uganda.
More and more influential artistes are coming out to use the value of their music to speak out to their fans.Our very own
Sauti sol have made their name internationally fo making party bangers but recently they released “Tujiangalie” meaning Self-reflection in Swahili.
They felt they can no longer be silent about corruption and populism threatening to derail the country’s progress.
So here we are today and Ado Veli Podcast Season 2 Episode 9 has a Kenyan tracklist addressing all these issues, i hope you will be inspired by this episode.