By Ndungu Gachane
A God-sent lawyer from Gatanga has launched an initiative to support Kikuyu secular golden oldies artists who are languishing in poverty especially due to Covid-19 effects.
Wakili Edward Muriu on Sunday joined members of Tamco Sacco (a sacco that brings together Kikuyu secular and gospel artists) to pay a homage to celebrated artist Daniel Kamau popularly known as DK and announced his bid to support and other kings of ngogoyo (golden oldies).
Wakili Muriu said he will also be visiting the widows of the departed artists to ensure they don’t sleep hungry during this harsh economic times occasioned by Coronavirus.
He said artists are in the list of the most affected stakeholders since they can’t entertain their fans in popular joints after government ordered for closure of bars and restaurants and hence can’t get money.
“Artists play a significant role in our lives since their song sooth and relaxes our minds when we are depressed or disturbed, I shall be visiting and supporting the living ngogoyo legends and families of the departed ones to ensure that they don’t feel isolated,” he said.
He said although many of the artists have passed on, their songs remain relevant and new in the ears of many saying the only way ngogoyo fans can say thank you, is by ensuring their families do not sleep hungry.
“Some of the songs were crafted and released before many of us were born, but their tunes, advise and composition remain relevant to date, we are duty bound to ensure that their families do not suffer,” Wakili Muriu noted.
He urged upcoming musicians to borrow a leaf from kings of Benga such as the late John D Mathew, Makibi James, John Ndichu, Jimmy Wa Yuni, Joseph Kamaru among others to motivate them to producing music that will inform, warn and entertain the society.
He was accompanied by Tamco chairperson Epha Maina, Joseph Kariuki Wa Kiarutara, Musaimo Wa Njeri, Elizabeth Nyambere, Sovinger Wa Bibiana, Wahome Wamaingi Mwalimu Mbugua among others.
He took exemption that Gatanga Constituency is the home of artists since many of those who dominate Kenyan vernacular airwaves come from Gatanga saying they have put the map of the region very high in Kenya and foreign countries.
He urged the upcoming artists to take advantage of the government’s audio visual studio mashinani in Kirwara which will be operationalized in 14 weeks time.
The studio, he noted will be a major boost to the creative upcoming musicians and artists who do not afford funds to produce music in lavish studios in Nairobi.