Musicians in Kenya have been facing a lot of problems for the past years. Efforts have been put to boost the industry but they are not enough. The main challenges facing the industry are as follows.
Underrating of local music
Many people in the country support music from other countries and leave Kenyan music. Most people rarely download and listen local music and prefer foreign ones. People view those who listen to local music as old fashioned.
Lack of goals and support
Most Kenyan artists lack clear goals as to why they are singing and sing only to get fame. Also, the government does not give funds to support the industry as such. The country considers music industry as a personal initiative.
Inadequate means of distributing music
Many artists in Kenya do not et platforms where their music can reach people. Most of them really struggle and move from one office to another and visit media stations to ensure that their music is heard. Musicians really need help to distribute their music.
High cost of production
The cost of producing music in the country is too high for many artists. An artist who would want to produce a song will have to sacrifice a lot. This is a very big challenge especially for upcoming artists in the country.
Lack of originality
You will agree with me that most musicians in Kenya lack a way of singing and often follow styles used by other countries. This makes it difficult for them to be called to perform in international shows. It is high time they find their own style of music.
There are some people who make efforts to get original copies of songs of some artists and go ahead to sell the songs. This often demoralize many artists. It is important that this problem that should be looked into very carefully.
Mismanagement of funds
Most young artists get funds but do not have priorities. They end up misusing the funds in other things or for luxury. These funds could be used to develop and boost their music.
Lack of legacy musicians
Many upcoming musicians lack someone to get motivation from. Artists who have been in the industry and are ding well do not support these young musicians as they think that they pose competition to them. Upcoming artists end up not getting chances to perform.
Musicians have to come together and find solutions to their problems. They should also support upcoming artists to grow the music industry.