Media personality Felix Odiwuor who is popularly known as Jalang’o has sent out a message to all artists who solely depend on their craft to make a living. Taking to his Instagram page, the comedian advised artists and performers in the entertainment industry who have been largely affected by the ongoing lockdown rules to plan themselves and leave the city for other towns where the economy is not as much affected.
According to him, following the recent revised curfew and lockdown rules in Nairobi, the majority of these artists have been immensely affected, and that the situation is not promising considering that they still have to persevere the difficulties for another month. For this reason, he advised artists to book their gigs outside Nairobi even if the pay they are bring offered in those other towns is not much and avoid suffering. Furthermore, he advised these artists to ensure they follow the set rules and regulations for COVID-19 to avoid spreading the virus as they relocate.
“Dear art industry if you fully depend on art or performance to eat please plan and leave Nairobi now. Go get the jab, apply for the pass and just go! 29th May is far and we are not sure if they will open… just go utakufa hapa Nairobi! We have places opened and operating in Mombasa, Kisumu, Kisii, Kericho, Malindi, wherever… Just plan and go! They need your talent! Book your events out of Nairobi!! Go!!” Jalang’o wrote.
“I swear watu wanaumia! Even well established artists and Djs!! Watu nyumba zinafungwa, artists are hungry! Depression is checking in!! Go! Tean up go get a one bedroom somewhere in Kisumu, book events in Homabay, Kisii, Migori, Siaya… go create a new audience!! Go to Nyeri… book gigs in Karatina, Nanyuki, Meru… Go to Mombasa, Mtwapa, Malindi, Kilifi… just go!! Njaa itauwaa wasanii kabla Corona!! Go accept the small pay, small gigs and build a new audience!! Eldoret, Kitale, Kakamega, Busia are all opened!! Just go!! When you get there adhere to covid protocols… wapelekee talent so ugonjwa!! Meanwhile Dj Creme alikuwa mjanja kitambo yuko Kericho!!”