Musician cum politician Charles Njagua alias Jaguar has come out to defend the media for failing to play 75% Kenyan music on radio and TV.
Jaguar said that the last time he had a meeting with the Kenya musicians, they agreed that the media will play 60% Kenyan content, however, that could not be put into practice since the artistes have failed to produce appropriate content.
The Starehe MP said that the Kenyan music industry lacks opinion leaders who can guide the artistes on which music to produce.
“When we went for a stakeholders meeting, the Communication Authority (CA) told us that most Kenyan artists can give the 60% they keep asking for.
“The problem we have as artists is that we lack opinion leaders in the industry. I remember during our time we had people like Klemo and Musyoka who would tell us the direction our songs would take,” Jaguar said.
The lawmaker said that Kenyan musicians need to be mentored since most of them don’t take music as a serious business.
“If Diamond has taken music to level ten, there is no way you expect a broadcaster to play music which is in level four. This is another thing that is causing a lot of pain to our musicians,” he said.
Adding: “If I released Kigeugeu ten years ago and it was a monster hit, there is no way you are going to release a song than Kigeugeu and expect the media station to play.”