Film and Music industry in Kenya

I sat in front and watched the contestants sing, rap and perform spoken word. There was too much talent in the hall. Why should all this talent go unrecognized? Why should it go to waste? Life offers us a lot and it is up to us to know what to do with the time we got and our God given talent. If there is one thing am grateful about, is been given a chance to enhance and promote talent in the music and film industry here in Kenya.

I might be wrong but the truth fact about the Kenyan film industry is that it needs to be embraced more than it now is. I have had a chance to interview some upcoming actors and actresses and will be sharing what they had to say in my next post.

Well, the film industry here in Kenya is slowly rising. Personally, I enjoy watching Kenyan films on television, but the truth is we are not there yet. We need to be more creative and we need to come up with more film schools here in Kenya. A collaborative effort with ready established film Academies from other climes will in no doubt revolutionize the industry here. The government needs to support local talent in the film industry. They can think of offering film classes in colleges.

When it comes to music, we lack creativity but I believe we can do much much better than we are right now. Originality is key! The truth fact of the matter is, if you are not original in your music, then no one will want to listen to you. No one will waste their precious time to listen to a song that lacks originality. That only means, you have no way in the music industry here in Kenya.

With the platform I have been given, I have had a chance to interact with upcoming artistes and 90% of the ones I asked what the main challenge was, they said it was lack of enough capital. A lot of money is required when it comes to shooting a great video that the people are going to love watching. A lot of money is required to go to studio and produce a song. Talk of the transport required and paying for the site to shoot. Yes, this came from the guys I interviewed. I believe the guys who are on top should be able to mentor others and create a way for the others to have a chance and for their music to be heard.

The truth is that Kenyans prefer listening to international music. I am just thinking out loud, how far would we go if we Kenyans supported our own artistes?

It hurts me when I see local talent just go down the drain. Can the government do something? Can we do something?


KithyLouise is a Nairobi Based Writer. IT software engineer by profession and Creative Writer by passion. She loves writing about her personal experiences, travel and telling short stories. She is a young talent promoter and a Youtuber. She has also written an online book series that she wishes to publish one day.

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