Singer turned politician Charles Njagua aka Jaguar believes the journey to becoming a music star in Kenya takes longer than most think.
Speaking to younger musicians, Jaguar advised them to be patient because it takes roughly seven years for musicians to finally find the right formula that will elevate career.
“I did everything in the books, but my songs were never popular,” he said.
“I would question myself why I could never get a hit song that I so badly wanted. It will take you almost seven years to have a sustainable career churning constant hits if you don’t listen. Anything less, I’ll pay Sh50,000 for misleading you.”
Jaguar said one of the reasons it took him longer is because he wasn’t doing relatable music that is until his advisor showed him the reality.
“It was Charles Otieno who put that sense into me,” he said.
“I almost gave up as I used to earn peanuts, as little as Sh500. In my highest earning show I was paid Sh4,000 while my rent in Umoja was Sh1,000.
“Then I sang the song Kioo, which would resonate with everyone who has ever looked themselves up in a mirror, and boom! That was my breakthrough.”
Jaguar, who is now the Starehe MP, said that he’s happy he left music while on top.
“I’m glad I left the music industry having attained an ‘A’ student status from my career. My songs were on top, but it took forever.”