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Sanaipei explains how refusing advances cost her a lot of money

Kenyan musician Sanaipei Tande has opened about the struggles many female entertainers go through in the hands of rogue promoters.

Sanaipei Tande

During an interview with Spice FM on Thursday January 13, Sanaipei Tande disclosed that she missed out on many opportunities because of turning down advances from certain promoters.

I lost shows because a promoter tells you they would like you to go to Naivasha and perform and we agree, there is M-PESA so they send me the deposit and they want it to be a thing for can we hang out or have drinks,” she said.

Sanaipei further stated that some handlers would text her as late as 11:00 pm or 12:00 am which forced her to set boundaries for interactions she did not wish to have.

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There is such a casualness in the industry that I couldn’t deal with, so I lost a lot of shows and a lot of girls would tell me that if you want a DJ to play your songs you have to… do a little something with him,” she narrated.

Speaking about her success in the music industry, Sanaipei said unlike many musicians she was content with the reception her music had gotten.

The Amina hitmaker explained that she was comfortable doing a few shows a year instead of bending over backwards to perform at every single concert.

Sanaipei also touched on how much artists should be paid, adding that the cost of putting together a performance for her was very high.

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So you find that somebody would want you to come and perform for like an hour and they want to give you Sh40,000 and you're like are you kidding? Sh40,000? You want me to give a good show?

"I probably must get dancers, I must get a band… You can't get a band for less than Sh100,000. These days a dancer is going for Sh15,000 a piece,” she stated.

The musician also announced that she was taking a social media break and explained that people don’t completely understand her career progression.

You know it's just my pace. I keep reading about people saying Sanaipei has made a comeback. I never left, it's just two songs a year and I mean if you've not followed my career, then you wouldn't know,” she explained.

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