Music censorship in Kenya
Historically, musicians in Africa had a complex role of being the people’s conscience. Sweet tones of music made the rough tones of censure acceptable as only the musician could tell the chief off and get away with it.
NAI guest researcher Emily Akuno will participate at the “Researching Music Censorship” conference in Copenhagen 7 June.
– I look at a piece by popular Kenyan musician, Owino Misinai, which was banned from national broadcaster, and another by Eric Wainaina, which was banned from a live performance, but remained popular among the people. My paper discusses the elements in song that arouse varying responses by people and leadership, says Emily Akuno