He first grabbed people’s attention when he did a parody of U.S President Donald Trump earlier this year. And now, MC Njagi is flying high after capitalizing on Wavinya Ndeti’s proverbial gaffe ‘Yaliyo Ndwele Sipite.’
Slightly over a week ago, he returned with a new Jubilee Anthem ‘Mbele Iko Sawa.’
MC Njagi is clearly capitalizing on this election period and the offers have been coming for more projects.
He spoke with Pulse about his music career and what he has been up to with Wavinya Ndeti’s team.
Are you a musician or was this simply an opportunity that you decided to capitalise on?
I am a music producer by profession and a comic musician, so what you saw in the song was a fusion of all my skills.
Still it would also be true to say that I spotted the opportunity and capitalised on it.
Did you expect the song to go viral?
Honestly, I knew that it would make people happy and they would share it on their social circles, but I did not think it would be so huge. If I knew the song would have been this big, I would have been more prepared.
What do you mean prepared?
The first thing would have been to register it with the Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) for music copyright so that I can make money every time it gets played on radio and television.
I would have also registered it on Skiza tunes because I hear many people are using it as their ringtone.
Have you met the Machakos Governor aspirant Wavinya Ndeti herself?
Yes. That was actually the highlight of this whole experience. Her communications team reached out to me and we are now working towards coming up with more customised music and content for her campaigns.
Do you think the song will help her bid?
(Laughs) I am not a political analyst. I am simply using my talent to make money and entertain my audience. If it steers her political bid well and good. I will be happy to have helped.
That is why I am looking forward to work with her on other projects.
Apart from Yaliyo Ndwele Sipite, what other music do you have to your name?
I have more than 15 songs some of which have not been released yet but my popular tracks include: Tulampu, a parody of president Trump’s presidency, Wachana Nyeri, which is about Nyeri women and their aggressiveness, Hello, a parody of the Adele song and Waithera, which is a parody for the Nerea song.
You definitely nailed the Kamba accent in your parody. Are you from the community?
That has been the big question everyone asks me wherever I go. Let’s just say that if I was a Kamba, I would have loved to be born in Kathonzweni, but for now, I can only perfect the accent and entertain fans. So far it is working.
So where do you hail from?
I reside in Meru and that is where my Audio 1 production company is located.
It is also where we shot the video for Yaliyo Ndwele Sipite but the mastering was done in Nairobi where I am stationed especially during this campaign period because I am helping several politicians in their campaigns and theme song production.
For fans who want to keep up with your activities and parody content, where can they find it?
Social media is the take-off spot for all my music and content, so they can keep checking my Facebook page ‘MC Njagi Comedian’ and Instagram page ‘mcnjagi254’.
Have you considered doing musical collaborations with local musicians?
Yes I would definitely love to work with Eric Wainaina because his music is quite refined so bringing a parody angle to it all would make it interesting. I would also love to work with Willy Paul.
Your new song Mbele Iko Sawa seems to encourage people to join Jubilee yet Wavinya Ndeti is affiliated to NASA. Does that mean your loyalty can be bought off?
Like I said, I am not a politician whose loyalties have to be aligned to a certain party. I am a comic musician who is out to capitalise on this election period and make as much as I can.
The next time such an opportunity will present itself is 5 years from now so I shall capitalise on it make as much money as I can.