Everytime Victoria Kimani tweets something about the dire situation in Kenya’s music industry, twitter trolls come out in numbers.
They were at it again on Thursday after the singer called for better appreciation of Kenyan artists who have to curtain raise for foreign artists in Kenyan concerts.
In a social media post, Victoria started off by saying:
“Riding around Nairobi, seeing billboards on top of billboards of these shows, why are none of us headlining? Why does it have to be this way… year after year after year…. we constantly place every other country, city, town above our own, Not every artist has the opportunities That A few of us have to leave Kenya and be seen on stages with that wide Africa reach, what the hell would I do if I didn’t have those opportunities,,,, I’d sit here and either throw my own concert (coming soon) …. or wait to be some so called’ opening act for less than ksh200K … while we watch them make $50,000 – $100,000 right in our face!”
She went on to add that countries like South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda appreciate their own artists which makes their industries better than Kenya’s.
“Why can’t we learn from Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and many more and be as excited to see ourselves as we are others?! And then get mad and wanna call me Nigerian because I am blessed to be booked there from time to time…: wow guys…. This self hate we got has to change pretty soon or we will keep losing gems like Lupita who many of you literally chased away, then get mad if she acts brand new on you when she’s back home ? mannn all I’m saying is book us now before you can no longer afford us. Brands too…. use your local faces ! GIVE THE YOUTH A CHANCE…. don’t chase our Artistic dreams away!!…. you guys are sleeping on PICASSO AND MOZART ARE YOU STUPID!? ?????????????????????? #ForgiveMe #IamAnArtist #ImPassionateAboutMyShit #FreeKenyanArt #PayKenyanArt … so I and many others don’t have to keep leaving our HOME to make a normal living as an artiste.”
While most social media users agreed with her sound logic, others saw an opportunity to berate the artist.
She, however, was having none of it as she clapped back with epic responses before going on a blocking spree.
Here’s a compilation of some screenshots: