Afrima nominee Fadhilee Itulya slams Kenyan music industry, says artists are unappreciated: ‘a sad state’

Fadhilee Itulya is a Kenyan musician who was nominated for the Afrima Awards in the category Best in African Contemporary music

The singer and songwriter takes musical sounds from the 1950s and merges them with his sound to create a modern sound

The Afrima candidate noted that Kenyan musicians are not valued by the music industry with many underpaid artists

Musician Fadhilee Itulya gave comedian Eric Omondi a reserved nudge for his push for Kenyan music to be played.

Afrima candidate Fadhilee Itulya has criticized the Kenyan music industry, saying artists are not appreciated. Photo: Fadhilee Itulya, Eric Omondi.
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Fadhilee, nominated by Afrima, talks about Kenyan music

Afrimma Award nominee Fadhilee noted that while the comedian’s approach was lacking, his intent was well received by artists nationwide.

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In an exclusive interview with prestigious continental award nominee noted that the welfare of musicians needed to be taken care of.

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“Eric Omondi’s approach leaves something to be desired, but he has a valid point. International creatives are well catered for in terms of paid music or art. Here in Kenya, it’s a sad situation,” said said Fadhilee.

The musician was speaking at the Unplug concert where he performed alongside Sauti Sol’s Fancy Fingers and vocalist Polaris.

Fadhilee noted that he does not admire any musicians in the Kenyan industry, saying musicians are not appreciated.

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