By Amunga Peter
Veteran Kenyan gospel musician Reuben Kigame has banned government officials from speaking at his funeral upon his death.
Reuben Kigame speaking on behalf of born again Christians says they prayed to GOD to scatter the BBI process and now they are happy for whatever is happening with the BBI.
Kigame says he has recorded 29 albums since 1987 but he has nothing to show for his efforts. Reuben Kigame says we all eat we go to the toilet we all get sick we all die and a politician is no exception.
Kigame, who has been releasing songs for more than 3 decades, narrated how he has been struggling to make ends meet despite composing 29 albums and receiving massive airplay.
“I wish to go public about something and I want this marked well: if you one day hear musician Reuben Kigame is dead, do not allow any government representative or those from the so called copyright societies to speak at my funeral service. What I have been through under them is enough. My songs are played on just about every public event including by police and military bands. Yet at the end of the month I can only look forward to about ksh18,000 in royalties,” he said.
When you see such sentiments, you know our leadership has failed.
I am one of those doing very well, or so I assume. What are other musicians getting? Out of Ksh 10 of skiza royalties, I keep Ksh 2 or 3. The rest is somebody else’s!” he added.
The veteran singer revealed that last month, he only received Ksh 10,545 after a loan deduction of Ksh 6, 986.
“If I was not doing it for God I would have quit long ago because even from the church, all you can get is acclamation and encouragement.
Our brother Reuben Kigame is a voice for millions of voiceless Kenyans, Kenyans struggling in different spheres of life under the current UHURURUTO leadership.
Nothing seems to be working, we’re on a flight mode, state of trial and error.
Shame on us.