Our singers busy crying foul, but just how local is our ‘local’ music?

Members of the Musicians’ Union of Kenya hold peaceful demonstrations outside Nation Centre along Kimathi Street in Nairobi on August 10, 2015 to demand that music played by local Radio and TV stations in Kenya be at least 70% local content to improve on their earnings. PHOTO| SALATON NJAU

What you need to know:

  • This directive was quietly withdrawn a few weeks later after an outcry from listeners who were not happy with the new format of music where Sukuma Bin Ongaro would be played side by side with Michael Jackson.

It has been an interesting few weeks in Kenyan music. Musicians have taken to the streets to agitate for greater airplay of their music on radio and TV.

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