February 25th 2018

Business / News

Upcoming artists storm political arena and make their intentions known

Top on his agenda has been youth empowerment programs especially among the youth who hardly get the capital to start up business in the steadily growing Tanzanian Economy.

By Julius ChemiteiThursday, 06 Jul 2017 14:06 EAT

From (L-R) Joseph Haule aka Professor J, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine and Charles Njagua Kanyi aka Jaguar.

A number of artistes in the East African region have thrown their hats in the political field, in Tanzania Rap Bongo Artist Joseph Haule aka Professor J vied on CHADEMA ticket for Mikumi constituency and triumphed. This has been an inspiration to many artistes across the East African Region.

Professor J has composed inspirational music urging the youth to go for top jobs whatever the situation in his Machozi, Damu and Jasho Albums. Could this be the way to go for many artistes who closely watch governance unfold in their countries?,

Top on his agenda has been youth empowerment programs especially among the youth who hardly get the capital to start business in the steadily growing Tanzanian Economy. 

Born in 29th December 1975 Professor J has managed to handle both legislation and his musical life.

The second inspiration is Kenya’s own Jaguar and Ugandan Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine the new member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency is another top artiste doing Afro Reggae in Luganda, the second most spoken language in Uganda. Bobi vied  the Kyadondo seat on an FDC ticket, the official opposition party in Uganda.

During his maiden speech to Kyadondo residents, Bobi Wine pointed out on what should be done to improve the lives of the Eastern constituency of Uganda. Bobi Wine says, ‘I have learnt a lot from this campaign. I have learnt the positive and the ugly sides of our politics. That has made me smarter and even more determined to make a contribution, together with all well-meaning country men and women! Above all, this campaign gave me an opportunity to listen to people. From brick layers to boda-boda riders. Health-workers to teachers.’’

He adds that his interaction with the voter, he has been inspired by the hard work and sacrifices in their quest to have a better country. Bobi has done more than 10 albums and has won a number of awards among them best Uganda artist of the year,Pama Awards four consecutive years as the overall top artiste in 2004-2008 and hiphop artiste of the year 2009. He remains the first political musician in Uganda who started his quest in politics by releasing a song Mazzin ma wanvu which was pointing out the harassment meted out to traders by Kampala city Askaris and has propelled him to seek leadership.

With elections fast approaching in Kenya lovers of East African music are now eyeing how the 3rd artist in political arena Charles Njagua Kanyi aka Jaguar will perform come 8th of August.

The Jubilee nominee for Starehe constituency derives his inspiration from Professor J and Bobi Wine who have risen to political limelight from the artistic and showbiz world. Like his fellow artiste/legislators Jaguar composed songs that pushed for better governance and has been very close to the countries leadership pushing for youth friendly policies,

‘Unlike others I speak the truth, when the Deputy President asks me how things are out there I tell him the youth are not happy as there  are no jobs’’, says Jaguar

He notes that the current leaders are not realistic and do not connect with the masses, hakuna haja ya kizungu mingi, watu hawakuli kizungu, there is no need for too much elitist ideologies people need development and not policies that do not bring development.

Jaguar will face off with renowned activist, Bonny Mwangi, businessman Steve Mbogo, among others and his win will mean a lot to the music fraternity in East Africa. He is listed as one of the richest new generational artistes in east Africa and has won a number of awards both internationally and across the region.

The writer, an experienced journalist, is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press

Stay Connected