Embarambamba defended his very unusual antiques as his expression of art and that he means no ill will.
In an interview with the Star’s Word Is, the Kisii gospel star said, “I’m just a cool person and I know how to handle myself. Given a chance, I will be very cool.”
His theatrics have cost his chances to perform in government events because the organisers fear that he may go off script and cause chaos.
The artist said he would like to perform during Kibaki’s burial even though he was banned from performing in government functions.
“The last time Uhuru came to Kisii, I was told to reduce my drama as they were afraid I would cause tension,” he said.
When President Uhuru Kenyatta was on a tour of the Kisii country he also met creatives. This is so much so artist who produce soapstone art that is the biggest export from the region.
The President pledged that a standard stadium would be built in Kisii County and that leaders from the region would be appointed to Government positions as “a national Government cannot be national if it is not inclusive. We are inclusive and will be inclusive”.
Embarambamba said he will remember President Kibaki for enabling free education and giving Kenyans a new constitution.
Embarambamba said he takes after his mother who used to perform for President Moi in Kisii.
“I am very talented and I have been in the industry for 11 years.”
Christopher Musyoma aka Embarambamba as many people have come to know him, has become the notorious bad boy in gospel music at the moment.
The man has trended in 2021 after videos of him dancing like a mad man on the road went viral with the irony being that the singer does not do his music videos while under influence of drugs or alcohol.
He revealed that he once fell in a toilet while performing in a ceremony. He disclosed the ordeal in an interview on Jalang’o TV;
“Sasa kufika apo kwa uwanja, hio ngoma ikawekwa. Wamama ndio hawa, furaha ikanishika. Saa ile na roll, nikasonga kidogo kutoka kwa sherehe. Saa ile na roll ivo karibu na corner, nikapata naingia kwa shimo. Uzuri hio choo ilikuwa imetangulishwa udongo kidogo…”
He also defended his actions saying that his dangerous behaviors have never gotten him to hospital after he started gospel music.
But while he might defend his actions, a recent video clip of the singer running across the Southern Bypass earlier this week has many concerned.
The man was captured running across the road while shooting one of his music videos, and nearly getting hit by a bodaboda.
His dancing has previously attracted the vitriol of many Kenyans including KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua who stated that he was concerned for the well-being of the singer. “Come let’s find a way out. You sound ok, but ur theatrics are embarrassing & must be moderated!” Mr. Mutua said in the past.
The artist was captured on video been a danger to himself and others while shooting one of his infamous music videos. In the video, Embarambamba is seen trying to cross the busy Southern Bypass while a bodaboda bike is on the road.
In another scene off one of his music videos, Embarambamba is seen lying in the mud while donning a white suit.
His antics have prompted the launch of a petition calling for him to be barred from performing such stunts. The petition addressed the CS Ministry of Health, Kenya Mental Health Board, Kenya Psychiatrists Association, Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Kisii Council of Elders among other bodies saying that the singer’s antics might prove harmful not only to himself but also to fans.
“Nguzo Africa on behalf of concerned Kenyans hereby petition the above-mentioned institutions to urgently stop the Kisii artist “Embarambamba” whose official names are Chris Mosioma from performing peculiar stunts that may affect his safety, followers and the environment,” the petition read in part.
Our poll question read, Is Embarambamba a role model to you or a momentary sensation that will soon be forgotten? The poll results are in and most Kenyans believe he is a flash in the pan whose 15 minutes of fame will soon end.
Read some of the comments below from Kenyans who voted on the poll;
I honestly don’t understand why this Embarambamba should an issue, he does whatever he does to survive so is any of us.
Talks all morning every day the only time he pauses when music is playing and we do not question his intentions instead we love him for it.
None of the above. He is not a role model but neither is he a sensation, momentary or otherwise.
For his part, Embarambamba has been on record defending his daring music videos, saying the Holy Spirit’s power inspires them.
In his latest music video, Embarambamba was spotted holding a bible while kneeling in the mud as he donned a white suit. “I pray for wisdom to get a way to reach my President Uhuru Kenyatta to assist me to preach your word and lift your name high, both in kids and adults.”