On Thursday afternoon, Jamaican dancehall artist Konshens confirmed that his concert in Kenya on the new year’s eve is still on.
The news did not sit well with comedian Eric Omondi who has been so vocal, in the recent past, fighting for what he thinks will restore the lost glory of Kenyan artists.
“You honestly want to tell me that a @khaligraph_jones @otilebrown @realshinski concert cannot pull Crowds on the LAST DAY of the YEAR. I have no PROBLEM with Konshens. My Issue is our own MESSAGING!!! We are and have been KILLING OUR OWN!!! It’s all in the MESSAGING PEOPLE, MESSAGING is everything. SO next week KENYAN ARTISTS will be UNVEILED as CURTAIN RAISERS,” Eric said
Konshens however responded to Eric questioning why he was so bitter with international artists.
“Blessings my friend. I find this very interesting. Would love to sit down and hear what exactly is your issue, are you upset with international artists for loving your country? Local artists and promoters for not enough shows? Local fans for showing too much love to international artists or not showing support locally? Or what?” the artist posed.
According to Konshens, the love that Kenyans show international artists is what makes pulls them to the country.
“Nobody is trying to milk your country, your country just has a craazy love for all genres of music and a respect for artistry that’s why artistes love it there, I had 4 offers for dec 31st all waaaaay closer to my home and less of a hassle but I chose KENYA because of the vibe and energy there and I’m sure I can speak for other artistes to say nobody is broke at home waiting for Kenya to call lol, we just love your country and your people and they love us back, ” Konshens went on.
On the other hand, Eric told Konshens that international artists have overpowered Kenyan artists.
“My brother @konshens because you are a very SMART and CLASSY guy I will tell you the TRUTH about my ISSUE. HERE IS THE TRUTH BRO!!! You JAMAICANS, TANZANIANS and NIGERIANS have TOTALLY and COMPLETELY OVERPOWERED our ARTISTS,” Eric said on Instagram.
He however pointed a finger on the local artists claiming that they have become dormant and redudant.
“Our Artists are lazy, redundant, dormant and lack the spirit and will to push or even do moreor better!!! Our local music industry is dead, buried and rotting!!! The Thing is we are trying to revive it and in Order to do that I feel promoters ought to support our agenda by pushing our artists as well. The big shows happening in Kenya in November and December include YOURSELF, CHARLY BLACK, NSG, KRANIUM,KOFFI OLOMIDE,, HARMONIZE, MBOSSO, And am told CECIL is also on her Way. My BROTHER you guys ARE KILLING US,
“Our musicians are weak and sickly. I feel like we need a little SPACE to RECOVER, REJUVENATE and the PROMOTERS are not doing Anything to HELP!!! I have personally tabled a motion in our PARLIAMENT to Ensure we PLAY 75% Local because BRO OUR RADIO and TV Stations ONLY PLAY FOREIGN MUSIC?♂️?♂️?♂️???. I totally have NOTHING against International ARTISTS I am just trying to put our HOUSE in ORDER,” the comedian said.