October 19th 2017

Entertainment / Celebrities

Why 'Mr Nice' could just make a comeback to stardom

Tanzanian musicians of late look to Kenya as an indispensable backyard. Harnessing the vibrant Kenyan media space can boost the ratings of a regional artiste, something the likes of Christina Shusho have exploited to great heights.

By Patience Akengapakenga@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 20 Jul 2016 21:41 EAT

Last week's news that one-time Tanzanian music sensation, Lucas Mkenda, popularly known as 'Mr. Nice', has been awarded a  mega contract in Kenya that no other artiste in Kenya has ever landed has rightly sent panic through the local music scene.

Mr Nice's deal with Soko Bay International Limited will see him perform in the 47 counties of Kenya. The tour dubbed "47 County Tour" take at least one year, according to an interview the musician did with Bongo 5,

The veteran singer said the career-boosting deal will have him perform at least every weekend. “Ni mkataba wa mwaka mmoja, so ndani ya mwaka mmoja show ni nyingi sana, na nimehakikishiwa angalau show moja every weekend, na kama unavyojua huku wenzetu burudani ni kila siku haina Jumatatu wala weekend but uhakika ni angalau show moja kila wiki lazma iwepo na itakuwa ni tour ya nchi nzima ya Kenya na ndiyo maana imepewa jina la "47 County Tour.”

(It is a one-year contract, which will see me hold many performances across the country.I have been assured I would headline a show at least every weekend. As you know Kenyans party almost every day – there’s nothing like entertainment is a preserve for weekends only. I will tour the entire country). 

The Kikulacho hit maker acknowledges that the deal is one of the biggest he has ever had, and it comes after people had written him off saying his career had gone down the drain.

“The contract is one of the biggest I have ever gotten. I thank Kenyans for believing in me and showing me undying love. It comprises almost every provision and it runs for one year.”

Tanzanian musicians of late look to Kenya as an indispensable backyard. Harnessing the vibrant Kenyan media scape can boost the ratings of a regional artiste, something the likes of Christina Shusho have exploited to great heights.

The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specialising in entertainment and community affairs.





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