Senator Gideon Moi calls for support of artists during visit to taraab singer


Kanu President, Gideon Moi [left] chat with former musician Maulid Juma in Kisauni, Mombasa County. He visited the musician at his residential house in Mombasa. Maulid Juma was famous for taarab music on November 30, 2021.[Omondi Onyango, Standard]

Senator Baringo Gideon Moi met the legend of taarab music from the coast, Maulid Juma yesterday.

Mzee Juma, 85, entertained his father, President Daniel Moi, and President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, and has been credited with the growth of taarab music in East Africa.

Gideon traveled to Soko Mjinga in Kisauni, Mombasa County, which had recently been hit by a wave of insecurity.

Along the narrow lanes, he encountered enthusiastic locals who hailed his decision to visit the sickly veteran musician.

He said older artists should be supported as they played an important role in rooting patriotism through patriotic and folk songs after independence.

“Maulid Juma is one of the former musicians who have entertained us for many years, and we recognize their contribution. They shouldn’t feel like we’ve forgotten them, ”Gideon said.

President Kanu pledged to get in touch with some of the music legends to give them moral support to recognize their contribution to the growth of music in Kenya.

Gideon praised Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for launching an artist support program.

“I thank CS Amina for deploying a program to support our artists across the country. It is a sign of recognition of their contribution, ”he said.

Mzee Juma led Mombasa’s first Swahili wedding band and has hundreds of songs to his name.

He took the entertainment scene by storm in 1972, but recently shocked the world when he said he wanted to be buried alive.

He felt like he had been forgotten after being a household name for years.

He expected people to help him while he was alive, but it was still a pipe dream.

Juma played the taarab style with instruments like the harmonium and accordion and remained close to politicians like the former Mvita MP, the late Shariff Nassir and the late Karisa Maitha.

At the height of Covid-19 infections, the Ministry of Sports and Culture released a 100 million shillings stimulus package intended to cushion those in the creative industry.

It follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decree issued on April 6, 2020, ordering the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund to make funds available to help young people develop their talents.

But some of the artists said they did not benefit from it.

Yesterday, Gideon said he would also find time to visit members of the Mwakigwena choir who performed patriotic songs about the Kapenguria Six.

The group began as a school choir in the late 1970s.

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