Jaguar: Starehe People Come First, Not Musicians

Singer and Starehe MP Charles Kanyi AKA Jaguar has said that even though he is helping fellow artists push for the 75% play of local music on the radio station, artists are not his priority. The people of Starehe are.

“I am an artist but I did not go to ask for votes as a musician, I was not elected by musicians neither am I their representative in Parliament,” he said while speaking to Mzazi Willy M Tuva.

“I was voted by Starehe people and they are the people I represent. There is a promise I gave Starehe people and I have to fulfil it.”

Jaguar, alongside fellow politician Eric Omondi, were sucked into the fight by comedian Eric Omondi late last year after his appeal to table a bill before parliament ensuring it happens.

After receiving the bill, Babu Owino noted that they shall compel other MPs to pass the motion saying the task is now to the artists to give Kenyans plausible content.

That was last year. With elections less than 190 days away, it seems Jaguar has changed tune saying he’s focusing on his constituency first.

“I don’t know where artists got the mentality that they have to be helped,” he said.

“Some no longer take music as a business, they don’t even know what they are supposed to do. They misuse their money and when they mess they start saying Jaguar is not helping artists.”

He went on:

“I want to tell them this, I was making over Sh1 million and I know there are artists I was with and they would make over Sh1 million.

“If you are not investing the money you get from your music, your work is only living large, and driving expensive cars, just know music is [like] any other business.”

Jaguar insisted that he still supports Omondi’s agenda to make sure radio stations are playing 75% but was quick to add that for that to happen, artists need to make more music.

“If you look at what Eric brought in Parliament, it is something that is already in the law and I remember mobilising artists to go to CAK sometime back, but they did not show up,” he said.

“I got tired since I’m in politics and I am busy. We want our content to be played 75 per cent but hate me or like me, our artists have not given us that percentage to be played.”

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