Leave Nairobi Now- Jalang’o To Artistes

In a lengthy statement on Instagram, Jalang’o called upon artistes depending on art or performance to survive to look beyond the boundaries of Nairobi County and build a new audience in other counties.

Leave Nairobi Now- Jalang’o To Artistes

Comedian and Kiss FM presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has advised artistes to venture to other places outside Nairobi to perform in the event the lockdown imposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta is lifted.

In a lengthy statement on Instagram, Jalang’o called upon artistes depending on art or performance to survive to look beyond the boundaries of Nairobi County and build a new audience in other counties.

"Go get the jab, apply for the pass and just go, May 29 is far and we are not sure if they will open.

"We have places open and operating in Mombasa, Kisumu, Kisii, Kericho, Malindi..wherever, just plan and go!" he wrote.

He added that it is those counties that are seeking their talents, thus offering opportunities for them to stage events.

"People are hurting, even well established artistes and DJs. They're being locked out of houses, artists are hungry. Depression is checking in, go!" he added.

Jalang’o added that artistes should stage events in other counties that have been spared by the partial lockdown as they provide an opportunity to build a new set of fans.

He then warned the artistes to observe the laid out COVID-19 protocols by the Ministry of Health while hosting their concerts.

In the past, local and international artists have been performing in many live concerts hosted in Nairobi. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the city has been hosting one big concert every month while live weekly shows have been countless.

Some of the top venues for hosting music events in Nairobi are Ngong Racecourse, Carnivore Grounds, Mamba Village, Nairobi Arboretum, Safaricom Kasarani Indoor Stadium and Kenya International Convention Centre.

In recent times, however, concerts outside the capital city have increased, with Machakos People’s Park and Machakos Golf Club in Machakos, Pirates and Mombasa beaches in Mombasa, Diani Beach in Diani, Jomo Kenyatta Sports Stadium in Kisumu and Athletics Club in Nakuru becoming popular spots for some of the country's biggest concerts.

The last concert prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic staged outside Nairobi was staged by NRG Radio at Mombasa Sports Club and featured a performance by Nigerian superstar Burna Boy.