My Story: Mercy Atis: Don't mock me, when you haven’t walked in my shoes

Mercelline Onyango, an upcoming musician based in Malindi, Kenya and the composer of "I don't wanna know" hit song.

What you need to know:

  • When I shared my latest song titled "I don't wanna know" on Facebook and YouTube through my stage name Mercy Atis, I didn't expect to go viral
  • I chanced upon a producer who was willing to charge me Sh5,000 for the video. 
  • In 2009, I was arrested for arson and jailed for five years. 

"When I shared my latest song titled "I don't wanna know" on Facebook and YouTube through my stage name Mercy Atis, I didn't expect to go viral. First, because the decision to release the song was made on impulse. I chanced upon a producer who was willing to charge me Sh5,000 for the video. 
I thought that was a fair deal and I was keen not to lose it. I did my make-up and wardrobe. I am a single mother of two breastfeeding children, who are three and one, and I didn't have anybody to look after them so I tagged them along. With the kids around, there were many interruptions, and it took four days to complete the shoot.
Many quarters poked at my producer, my clothes, my body, and my makeup. But, the worst was reading thousands of comments from people saying that I couldn't sing. For the past week, the song has been making rounds on various social media platforms and even getting played on some radio stations. As an upcoming artist, this should have made me happy.

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