Saturday, November 22, 2008

International Acts: Kenya Starting To Catch Up With TZ

With the recent increase of international acts performing in the country, it won’t be long before Kenya catches up with TZ in terms of attracting international music stars. At least if the trend continues.
Let me take you back about 8 years ago: Remember when Tanzania had more mobile phone subscribers than Kenya? It’s hard to imagine now that Safaricom has more subscribers than all mobile phone subscribers in TZ! So, the same logic can be applied when it comes to international music stars performing in TZ: right now they are flocking to Tanzania, but it’s only a matter of time before we catch up with our neighbours.
Like our Tanzanian brothers, could Kenyans finally be willing to pay top Dollar to see the hottest international acts, instead of spending all their money in the bar? Have Kenyan promoters become more reliable, instead of conning the public? Are corporate sponsors finally playing ball with promoters? Could all this have anything to do with Obamamania? I think all those factors influence the recent influx of international star power into the Kenyan entertainment scene.

For those of you who think that I’m just writing this to create hype, check out this itinerary of international stars hitting the country in November and December only:
November 15th: The Game
November 29th: UB40
December 6th: Mr Vegas
December 12th: Ludacriss
December 31st: There are rumours of Weezy

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