Willy Paul may be posting funny clips on social media, but deep down, the artiste is actually not okay.
In a letter to the president, he openly shared that the Kenyan entertainment scene is suffering.
Guys do not have gigs to perform in which is their major source of income.
Willy Paul is a disappointed artiste because unlike other countries, no one cares about entertainers in Kenya.
Read his letter below on behalf of his colleagues:
“Dear Mr President, my president. First and foremost I’d like to congratulate you for the good work that you’ve done so far n ur still doing. Especially in this time of #corona
My president, I have an issue. The entertainment scene has been hit badly and sadly no one seems to care about whatever is happening to us… entertainers from other countries e.g musicians, actors, producers, directors and comedians are getting help from their governments.. and here no one is even saying a word. The other day you had a press conference and all of us expected to hear our president’s thoughts on the entertainment scene. Unfortunately, you did not mention a thing. Mr. President, most of us depend on shows, gigs n e.t.c as we all know that our board of music has been having issues with the artists. They’ve been stealing from us.. from ringback tones to every other thing…most of us depend on music for everything Mr. President. We have families that look up to us… right now we’re all home, not making any money. Dear Mr. President, I’m just speaking from a musical perspective, if an established musician can feel the pinch like me, what about the uprising who only makes 5000 shillings per gig and they still have to pay rent and feed their families? What about the common #mwananchi who’s only hope is on mjengo, juakali, watchmen, mama mboga???
Mr President, I know ur a fan of Kenyan music, Kenyan content , Kenyans and you love your people. PLEASE REMEMBER US IN THIS DARK MOMENT.”
Do these words sound familiar? Every night you watch the news, people in business are crying out.
People in slums have no means to feed their families because they depend on the money they make on that day to survive.
In this trying time, we hope Willy Paul’s letter and other cries will reach the president and they may come up with means to help Kenyans.