Kenyan musician Kevin Kioko alias Bahati has disclosed the reasons behind his exit from the gospel industry and his journey to embracing secular music.
The artiste started off as a gospel singer before shifting his focus towards love songs and other secular themes.
Speaking on his wife Diana Marua's YouTube channel, the singer noted that the judgmental and hypocritical attitudes prevalent within the gospel community were the driving force behind his decision.
Bahati expressed his frustration with individuals in the gospel industry who adopt a self-righteous demeanour and judge others.
He stated that the negative vibrations made him feel uncomfortable, leading him to distance himself from gospel music.
“I hate people who behave like they are holier than thou. That is one of the things that made me leave the gospel industry. I have even lashed out at some artistes for judging others. You feel like a small ‘god’,” Bahati said.
Bahati also revealed that his self-righteousness and devotion to Christianity made him neglect his late brother Charles, who was way deep into alcoholism when he needed him the most.
“I thought because I was a Christian who fasted and sang in church, I was perfect. I even cut him off. I did not want to be associated with him. We go wrong because we over-judge people. By the time I wanted to makeup, it was too late,” Bahati confessed.
Charles died at Mbagathi Hospital after battling diabetes for a while.
Bahati, gospel music journey
His debut single "Siku ya Kwanza" marked his entry into the limelight, capturing the attention of audiences.
Subsequent hits like "Mama" and "Barua" showcased his ability to convey deep emotions through music.
"Machozi" and "Mama Yeyoo" resonated with listeners as touching tributes to mothers, while "Nikumbushe" and "Kwa Moyo Wangu" carried uplifting messages of love and gratitude.
Bahati's music often blended meaningful lyrics with catchy melodies, as seen in tracks like "Ndogo Ndogo" and "Wanani," known for their positive vibes.
These songs contributed to Bahati's impact on the gospel music scene and endeared him to a wide audience of music enthusiasts