Why is the Kenyan gospel industry such a mess?

Although I’m not a staunch Christian, I must admit that sometimes I get bothered when I see some of the things that are going on in the Kenyan gospel industry.  I’m sure many of you who are reading this are perturbed s well.

Also read: Gengetone gospel should not become a thing!

In the past few months, a new genre of music that many people refer to as gospel gengetone has gained traction and to be honest, it is one of the things that really worries me.

Size 8

I knew things had gotten out of hand when Linet Munyali, alias Size 8, released a song with Masterpiece titled High Bila Ndom. For a woman who is a role model to hundreds of thousands, that was a new low.

The gospel industry is also riddled with many scandals. From Bahati’s dramatic fall outs with artists who are singed to his label to the sex scandal involving DK Kwenye Beat and Hopekid to the countless pregnancy scandals.

I don’t really know what happened but it seems somewhere along the way, gospel artists forgot that their main role is to spread God’s word. It like the fame and money got into their tiny heads.

Alice Kimanzi and Paul Clement treat us to Yuko Mungu
Alice Kimanzi

I wish that the gospel industry could be as it was in the early 2010s. Every secular artists wanted to become a gospel musician because they were good examples to others and the industry was very vibrant.

Outrageous scandals involving gospel musicians – something that has become the norm today – were almost unheard of back then and neither were did they have to pull stunts before releasing new music. It was just good vibes.

I think it is time for the players in the gospel industry re-evaluate themselves.They should go back and see where the rain started beating them before it’s too late.

And no, I did not say that all the gospel artists have lost their ways, the likes of; Mercy Masika, Alice Kimanzi, Pitson, Guardian Angel and Gloria Muliro still make good music and it’s my hope that they will be steadfast in the faith.

Watch Kererembe by Bahati, Mejja and Madtraxx below.

Alice Kimanzi and Paul Clement treat us to Yuko Mungu

Alice Kimanzi has featured Tanzania’s best Paul Clement to bring us Yuko Mungu. This is a soul searching song that is calm and true.

To add on, this is where we say Kenya meets Tanzania. Yuko Mungu is filled with praise and much love for the supernatural being.

Alice is known for her great taste in music and much love. She is a talented soul who leaves no stones untouched. On the other hand, Paul Clement is a successful lad who has treated music with a lot of love and passion.

Their coming together Yuko Mungu is the best thing ever for it will help promote and grow music from East Africa.

In addition to all the praises above, it is time to get what exactly the song is about. You realise that it is not always they have the same message. Being released at a time when the Christian generation is celebrating the birth of Christ, there is a lot to expect.

Alice Kimanzi and Paul Clement treat us to Yuko Mungu

Yuko Mungu is giving hope that God exists

Mungu anaweza kufanya njia njangwani, na mito ya maji nyikani. Kama alifanya masika na kiangazi. Anaweza kubadili majira pia na nyakati. This stanza introduces the song as well us prepares one for the mood of the song.

In the above stanza, the duo is talking of God’s strength. It indeed conforms with their song’s title, Yuko Mungu.

In the stanza performed by Alice Kimanzi, she talks of how God protects her in the darkness even when her faith is drowning.

Alice Kimanzi and Paul Clement treat us to Yuko Mungu

In the chorus performed by Alice Kimanzi and Paul Clement, Yuko Mungu anayeweza, Yuko Mungu anayetenda, mwamini yeye, mwamini yeye, hutoaibika.  This is the best chorus. Also, there is much that is in the lyrics but we cannot highlight everything.

In conclusion, Yuko Mungu is a hope-giving song. It only requires one to renew their faith in God. Last but not least, the song gets a rating of 7/10.

Video below.