Singer Esther Akoth aka Akothee has lectured Kenyan musicians for scooping too low when it comes to payment for their services at shows/events.
In a post seen by Pulselive.co.ke, Akothee mentioned that for a longtime local musicians have been complaining how they are mistreated by promoters yet they were the ones who started taking pocket change in the first place.
The Lotto maker expressed frustrations with Kenyan Promoters who have been paying local artistes poorly at the expense of international artiste.
“It’s Sad that some top Kenyan artiste collect between 100 to 150k for a show and always available as curtain raisers for International acts who smile all the way to the bank. Hawa wasanii hiuwa wanakunywa nini lakini” Lamented Akothee.
Artistes should know their worth - Akothee
She added that, every artiste should know their worth and build their brands to an extent that prompters won’t be calling them to collect pocket change.
“Then they come and complain how badly they were treated by promoters, Omo you started it , there is no promoter who will treat you cheap if they spent money on your brand, it's not you it's your brand , I know life is tough right now for all Kenyans can we change something? Beyonce will never be tagged a paybill , but you will be cursed for not contributing or providing charity to Kenyans, they will even count who attended who's burial , I never saw any international Act do charity in kenya Am I right! I never saw any interbal act attend any fund raising be it for a promoter , radio presenter, or media if so tag me one, they collect cash and go spend in their country, they drop songs and they don't need to come for media tour , it's a hit in our country and a floap in their own country! this is sad” reads part of Akothee’s message.
She went ahead to state that;
“Kenyan artist's will even have to pay for media play , as if someone is carrying their kidney, where are we heading too ? I am talking on behalf of my KENYAN ARTISTS . Well I don't depend on music for a living, I have other sources of making my money, that's why I can say No To pocket change ! But what about those who music is their bread and butter ? why do we deny them a chance to also make money ? why are we like this ? is it jelousy or what? are you afraid of Kenyan artist's being bigger than what you expect, can we get an answer of this ! Don't tell me Kenyan artist produce crap music , if you dont know how much a studio session for a good sound costs, you still dance to crap fro outside ! let's be true to ourselves ! tag Kenyan artist's here, this bulshit must stop 2019 we demand for CHANGE”
Akothee’s bold statement was echoed by a number of musicians in the Kenyan Music Industry.