The Just concluded Mr. and Miss Maseno brought to the fore the reality of how difficult an artist from Kisumu can land a major gig in the lakeside city. It was rather disheartening that all the artist who graced the event had been 'imported' from Nairobi. Save for Dj P Scratch and MC Jamtaa, all the other artists were from Nairobi. Ofcourse Rabbit, Kenrazy, Avril and DJ Hassan did not disappoint but that did not mean that artists from K-City were to be excluded.
Poor pay and being put through auditions is another factor that put off Kisumu artists from participating in gigs.
I had a chance to ask the top Kisumu artists why they are by passed and this is the responses I got:
Clastar Adi ashment King-dancehall artist: It is a gud thing for our artists to be featured in bigs events but again it takes a lot to qualify for any cooperate deal......its time our artists woke up n started doing things more professionally.....i cant blame the event organizers for going for Nairobi artists...n i cant blame our artists too....but I urge them to wake up n reclaim their positions as Kenya finest.
Malique-Starbel Producer: The producers and industry players look down on local talent. There is a notion that only Nairobi acts are the only ones worth paying and gracing major events. Why should our artists who are equally talented perform for free when their Nairobi counterparts are paid colossal amounts? You can audition a big name in the industry and pay them only 2K