As the going comes again, our own material keeps on producing quality stuff in the region. No doubt, the more than two, three and more in the music industry and showbiz, Christian, Lovi, Richrich, and Alpha are the Longombas. After releasing several albums and winning Kora awards, just to mention but a few Chaguo la Teen awards saw them winning yet another award.
Their dance thing and ever changing type of tracks clearly indicate that they are miles ahead in the industry. Having been born and brought up in Kenya they have all the reasons to be proud of. This is clearly demonstrated in their involvement in social activities which include advertisements ranging from tracks and video clips. And on the other hand Gutuka Campaign and Chora Bizna initiative fostered and founded by the Ministry of youth just for the youth.
Christian a key member of Longombas believes that there is more in store and not just more but quality stuff. He says that Lovi being out of the country doesn't mean that Longombas are done yet. Lovi who's out in the US does his part then mails via the net and the thing is done for a track. Christian says that Lovi has bee a big deal in the family aside music.
'Kidude' the album is just yet to come out in a very near future and here Longombas are getting deeper in musicology and a step from Dondosa, Shikamoo, and the rest. Music will never die; fighting crime using music it is a guarantee that crime is won. A good example is when Bob Marley's songs made a shape in Jamaican politics.
A side being icons in the industry they are set to release an album titled 'Ningana' after the set album. This Ningana thing means shake and not just shake but shake orderly. The album has taken a step from the last album and artists like Gido of Samawati and Susan Kibukosia have contributed emensly to see the album become a success. The album has taken six months and enough tracks are out. They have not been aired in media because most of the occasion their tracks are played, enjoyed, pirated and by the end of the day nothing in the pocket.
Longombas greatest urge is for media to support the industry just like in Tanzania and Uganda. They would also love to see a ministry of music this will create job opportunities to youth who everyday indulge in crime and drug abuse not forgetting being exposed to HIV / Aids risks.
Their first album was a lesson to attend to mistakes and make a step ahead. Somebody should have sent this as an advice from our mother to think critical before any advances. Richrich is based in Tanzania though born and raised in Kenya. He believes that almost every one out there expect to see Celebs especially in the industry to be driving heavy metals but looking back at the Celebs there is a life behind Celebrity suit which involves taking care of the family, pursuing a career and other attentions. Though it's hard to make a name, top layer artists tend to support up coming artists at least to reach some height in the industry.
The government should come in a more signified angle to attend to matters relating to youth and music. Christian laments that media to some extend can make things change
Once there is no close relationship with artists and practice their profession where most of them write to sell. A good example of reshaping the Kenyan showbiz is by getting a hint of how Bongo T.V does their thing 'Bongo T.V never plays Kenyan Music, they play Bongo to promote their upcoming artists'. In a way creating a job opportunity 'they all want to listen to either Juma Nature or professor J'. Richrich says.
Society by all means will support the very local artists just like the way Genge is widely supported from Calif to the rest of the country. Alpha is the youngest in the group and having had a touch and taste of Kapuka. Back in Tanzania top layer Celebs preach 'Jitahidi utafika' while in Kenya '...geuza shati, geuza trouser na bado haufiki ' so who among the two recipients is likely to be proud of own showbiz? A question not yet answered.
Christian as the name goes is one religious dude and believes in the Christian virtues of which he believes has seen the entire Longombas generation make great strides. He does believe that Kenyan music is big deal outside Kenya especially in the West people adore the music. The day today pull downs are our own brothers and sisters in the industry who expects you to compete with Jay-Z and to some extend wouldn't give you respect compared to our neighburing sister countries. A good example is Kampala, they have made Chameleon their J-Zee 'he is a King' Christian says. To some extend we are not good people, always thinking to compete. Instead of supporting our own thing.
In the piracy section, we will cross-oceans, climb mountains but without reducing the prices for CDs then piracy will continue getting pregnant.