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Kalenjin star’s plea to collabo with Karangu Muraya sparks hilarious reactions

By Sammy Waweru February 7th, 2023 2 min read

An upcoming Kalenjin gospel artist, Joshua Chemei, has caused a stir online with his appeal to the popular Kikuyu musician, Karangu Muraya, to collaborate with him to support his music career.

Chemei, from Nandi County, believes that partnering with the famous gospel artist will greatly boost his career.

The renowned musician from the Mt Kenya region took to his official Facebook page to reveal the plea, asking his followers for advice.

“Sasa huyu nitamsaidia aje, (How do I assist him)?” he wrote, attaching the photo of the Kalenjin star holding a placard which reads “Hellow Bw Karangu Muraya, My name is Joshua Chemei from Nandi County. Naomba ‘collabo’ moja na wewe. I am a gospel artist and I have passion in music. Kindly support me.”

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Karangu Muraya
Karangu Muraya. PHOTO| COURTESY

However, his followers were quick to respond, urging him to heed the request of the upcoming artist. Some even teased Mr. Karangu, asking him to warm up singing in Kalenjin, since he is only used to singing in Kikuyu.

If Karangu agrees to the collaboration, some of his fans advised him to ensure that the Kalenjin artist has a turban (kilemba) to maintain his identity. The singer has not yet issued any statement or taken any action regarding the plea.

“Ukuina na gī Kalenjin, (You will sing in Kalenjin),” Ann Wa Lawrence wrote in Agikuyu, vernacular.

Karangu replied to Ann Wa Lawrence’s comment, apparently wondering how the collabo would be.

“Collaboration pap, bora ujue inamune na kolei you are good to go,” Maxyne George commented.

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“He is asking for a collaboration. Simple and straightforward. Learn a bit of Kikale and a bit of Kisapere, and you’ll be good to go. I don’t know if you will wrap a turban before shooting the video, but those are details we’ll sort out later,” Wahoo Ben humorously stated.

Other popular musicians who have collaborations have done so as a strategic move to get their appeal to go beyond the borders.

Diamond Platnumz, a Tanzania singer a few years ago, did a number of music collaborations with his Nigerian counterparts.

Music industry is arguably one of the well-paying careers, but with stiff hurdles to make a brand.

Ask the top performing artists, ranging from secular songs, gospel, reggae, rhumba, and the R and B, they admit the art is not a walk in the park.

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