Hiram Kamau’s Facebook account is jolly to have Linus Kaikai’s pictures alongside him as they seemed happy probably after signing a treaty? We are not sure but his caption read ‘Big Up Linus KaiKai of NMG/NTV…he gave us audience and something good is imminent. The media is ready to support musicians…#supportKenyan #speakYourHeart #playKemusic #KenumisHere #OneVoice#Unity.’ The face behind the protest held on Monday outside the Nation Center against Kenya media houses’ refusal to have Kenyan music on their airwaves has surely been in the industry for so long. I stumbled upon some of the posts he has been doing on YouTube and he has got some pretty good spits.
Here is one of his songs;
Hiram is also the founder of the upcoming Kenya Hip-hop Awards which he is still lobbying sponsors for. He is also the co-founder at Umoja One Kenya, which is motivated and committed towards the mission of co-creating a new earth paradigm of expanded consciousness, divine equality with all people, global peace and unity through the arts.
The Kenya National Music Policy has come in a handy at a point in life where the Kenya multi-million music industry needs a guideline and regulations on how to prosper even as it grows. This document is very essential as it will prevent local artists from storming media housed out of disappointed in them for lack of support in airplay.
‘Despite the vibrant creativity and resilience among our Kenyan artists, the Kenyan music industry has continued to lag behind because of lack of a clear roadmap on where we want this industry to go. The lack of a proper working mechanism has made it hard for our musicians to fully reap the benefits of their hard work as well as limiting their scope in distribution of their works,’
Dr. Wairo, the Cabinet Secretary under the ministry of Sports, Culture and arts, spoke at a Nairobi hotel.
Hiram enlightened us on the general purpose of this policy, which in layman’s language is supposed to engage the public in opinions and suggestions what they feel needs to be done to the industry to promptly improve on its growth.
The protest was a very bold step that proved local artists’ confidence, not only behind the mic, but also, in the public eye ready to revolutionize the Kenyan music industry and take it by storm. As for the policy, we are happy to announce that the government has kept to its word and signed the policy and so local artists will receive 60% more airplay.
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By Sylvia Monayo @Binti_Pretty