In a rare occurrence, Mombasa artists early this week converged at the Swahilipot Hub to deliberate on how best they can develop the entertainment sector in the region.
The meeting was organised by renowned Mombasa event Manager John Chacha, DJ Lenium together with the Mombasa County Youth, sports and gender department who stressed out on the importance of unity and prosperity.
The whole day meeting brought together Musicians, Music and video producers, Talent and event managers, Videographers, Media personalities among various individuals in the entertainment industry.
Both secular and Gospel artists attended the forum.
Various issues denting the industry were singled out among them, differences and hatred among artists, discrimination among the established and upcoming artists, challenges in producing quality music and videos among upcoming artists.
[Local rapper Black Joseph (Left) with Event manager John Chacha. Photo/courtesy].
Some media personalities were also criticised for extorting money from artists in exchange with adequate airplay.
Mr. Chacha called on the artists and players in the entertainment sector to remain committed so that they solve thorny issues facing the industry.
He said it’s only through commitment that the union will accommodate every player and foster development and growth for all the artists.
[Mama Lao (Centre) with Black Joseph and a colleague. Photo/courtesy].
Chacha said challenges facing the entertainment sector in the region will squarely be solved by the artists themselves.
“There are various opportunities for all artists but the main problem has been disunity and greediness among us,” noted Mr. Chacha.
Oh his part, renowned radio personality and a Disc Jockey (DJ) Michael Otieno famously known us DJ Lenium singled out the forum as new dawn for the sector
Hi urged artist to avoid wrangles and work in unity to positively impact the entertainment industry in the region.
[Team Shirko Media attended the forum. Photo/courtesy]
A six member Executive board was elected to overseas the progress of the industry.
John Chacha was elected the Chairperson, Anita Nzaro the Vice chairperson, the Organizing secretary being Michael Otieno aka DJ Lenium, renowned actress Stephanie Maseki was elected the Secretary with her assistant being Beryl Ouma aka Archy Kawere and David Kamau famously known as DJ Bonzz clinched the Treasurer position.
An 18 member board was also elected which comprised of media personalities and artists was also elected.
The board is mandated to link artists with the Executive board on various tangible issues of importance to the entertainment industry.