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Luo Benga Musician Admits Receiving Sh500K Offer to Praise Uhuru in Controversial Song


Luo Benga artist Tom Mboya Ang’ang’a, best known as Atomy Sifa, has claimed he was offered Sh500,000 by a Jubilee Party activist to sing a song criticising Raila Odinga.

Sifa’s latest revelation comes a month after he denied composing the song. He said he was passing next to where musician Tede ja Kenya was producing the song’s video and was asked to join because of his popularity.

“I never knew what the song was all about. I was invited to be part of the video but later realised it was disparaging Mr Odinga,” said Mr Sifa four weeks ago.

Read: Benga Musician Claims his Life in Danger for Praising Uhuru in New Song, Flees Kenya

Now, the popular singer says he accepted the Sh500,000 offer because he was desperately in need of money to pay his daughter’s school fees.

“I was desperately looking for money to send my daughter to school and for food. I ask my Luo brothers to understand me,” Sifa told the Sunday Nation on phone from his hideout in Tz.

According to Sifa, he had gone to record another song in a studio in Nairobi when he met a musician friend. The friend told him that he could help him make money by introducing him to “some good friends”.

He said he was later introduced to a Jubilee activist who proposed the idea of him composing the song for money.

“I had a deal with them and they gave me specific words which were supposed to be in the song,” said Sifa.

The song, titled Uhuru Nyale -Dholuo for Uhuru is Capable – blames Raila for ills bedeviling the Luo community.

In the song, Atomy and Tede “advise” members of the Luo community to stop paying allegiance to Odinga and support President Kenyatta’s re-election.

Sifa said he produced the song and later had the video shot at a hotel along Thika Road.

“I have more than 10 albums and I have composed more than five songs for Mr Odinga. What wrong have I committed by composing a song for Uhuru?” posed Sifa.

“Now that Kenyans have re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta, I am asking him to consider me for a position,” said Sifa.

According to Sifa, he wants a position in the Ministry of Culture and Arts so that he can promote the welfare of musicians in the country.

The musician said he was suffering in Tanzania, adding: “I am an orphan. My children and my band members are worried over my whereabouts.”

Of the Sh 500k promised, Sifa said he was only paid Sh40,000 and that he is still waiting for the balance.

Ⓒ 2014 Nairobi Wire

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