The entertainment landscape in Kenya is odd in that the gospel musicians are the ones who court more controversy than the secular ones.
Musicians like Bahati, Willy Paul (who has still refused to state whether he remains a gospel musician) and Ringtone are regularly in the news for something incredulous that they have done.
Bahati has been in the news this week for two noteworthy “scandals”. First, the father of 4 decided to dye his hair to a bright red that is so striking it not only gets the attention he is seeking but also makes one question the lenghts to which the musician will go to clout-chase!?
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for his fans, the singer also went out of his way to start an Instagram beef with Tanzanian heavyweight Harmonize who was smart enough not to bite and just unfollowed his Kenyan counterpart.
And the reason for all his sh!t stirring was made apparent after he released his song “Wanani” soon afterwards. The song raised eyebrows as it featured his wife Diana Marua’s best friend Phoina as the video vixen, something some Kenyans noted in astonishment.
And why was that? The musician recently spoke to comedian Felix Owiduor and explained that the reason he wanted to have Phoina as the video vixen was that he had already worked with his wife on two other songs and wanted to have fresh and unique elements in his videos.
“Sikumtumia Diana sababu yupo kwa nyimbo zangu nyingi, nimefanya naye mapenzi na kuna video yangu special inatoka 2021 bado ni yeye yupo. Isitoshe, ndio maana naitwa gospel artiste, nafaa kuwa artistic nisifanye vitu ambavyo watu wanategemea,” said Bahati.
The artiste reassured Kenyans that he is still in the Gospel industry and is the best gospel artist in Kenya – a notion that some Kenyans are curious about after his latest release which added to the questionable music he has been putting out.
And in case you want to check out the song on his YouTube page, it has been pulled down due to a copyright complaint from a company called Jivu but you can listen to the audio below;