The politics of music in Africa

Thursday September 2 2010

Eric Wainaina’s ‘Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo’ was banned from national radio over its anti-corruption leaning and a veiled accusation of the Moi regime. That single move ushered the musician (above) into a club of artistes whose revolutionary lyrics have incensed the authorities. Bob Marley (below) fits squarely in that group.Kenya's song bird Erick Wainaina. Photo File

Eric Wainaina’s ‘Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo’ was banned from national radio over its anti-corruption leaning and a veiled accusation of the Moi regime. That single move ushered the musician (above) into a club of artistes whose revolutionary lyrics have incensed the authorities. Bob Marley (below) fits squarely in that group.Kenya's song bird Erick Wainaina. Photo File 

By KAMAU MUTUNGA, [email protected]