3 VICES ARTISTS SHOULD STOP OR ATLEAST HAVE CONTROL OVER
Reading the drug addiction story of Macaulay Culkin (the home alone kid), I immediately became a worried patron of art. Our Kenyan entertainers; I included, (no pun intended) have issues with “Lifestylesx!” I’m not so sure if naming names will make any impact but you know them because you hang out with them and we need to help them lest they follow the Culkin path (if indeed the rumors are true and he is a drug addict). There are many vices one can talk about but I will touch on 3 that are prone to many artists especially in Kenya that I have witnessed.
Bhangi: This is a common friend to many thespians. It’s amazing that some have gone further to quote their counterparts who, at times, openly profess the use of “weed” in order to come up with lyrics no sober man can come up with. There is something special about this ‘herb.’ Musicians love it and rumor has it that Biggie would smoke himself senseless and arrive at the studio the next morning being a lyrical genius. He would spit on the deck and awesomeness would be heard as we dance along to the tune of yet another top of the chart song.
Alcohol: Oh my Oh my…….speechless! Do these guys know the meaning of moderate? I was once a heavy drinker until rehabilitation took over (I know it takes a lot to stop a vice!!!!!) and trust me, it’s not a bed of roses; forgetting your girlfriend in the bar, puking to honorable girls, imagining you are the Rambo to many a guts that only the mad ones can testify about but we still love this thing called alcohol. And some thespians I know pray and live for the next drink with the little that most earn. I am sure you know of a few who, whenever they hear the word alcohol and especially free alcohol, they will switch to drunk mode and start vibrating to a tune so fast before the alcohol is even offered.
Women: Male artists have a way with words. Smooth talkers you can call them. Women artists are equally damn hot!!Well, Majority of them are which doesn’t make a meeting where artists are gathered and served alcohol any easier to attend.
Before you get me wrong, I am not categorizing all artists as drug abusers and this is not for those who do not take drugs or take drugs in regulation. This is for those who humiliate themselves and their peers to the point we are now segregated and described as a group of druggies,yet it is only a few that indulge. My mother once told me “Unajua hawa watu unaona wakifanya haya mambo (Acting) kazi yao ni kunywa pombe mingi na bhangi!” I vowed to correct that aspect and true to it, the industry is finally coming of age and I am changing it through my prayers. It is good to see professionals doing stuff that need not ‘motivators’.
For the few that do indulge, why is the industry being humiliated by such acts? For the industry to grow and gain favor from the public we need to instill public trust. When one is spending/paying you the artist, the thought is that you will make good use of the monies. You can imagine the anger and frustrations cooperates have to endure when they hear that a certain artist is always in the press due to such issues. The same artist that they once had used for a commercial to present their products. Companies associate their products with the models and actors they choose to advertise for them and therefore expect some form of professionalism as you carry yourself as their ambassadors.
All in all, I believe the adage “brothers’ keeper!”. Before the tax man realizes the impact we have for this beloved country Kenya in terms of economy, can we please create wealth and achieve the very best of life from our talent?
I’m not so sure if I made sense maybe because I too had a little to drink before writting this :) but I know I have a point somewhere in there. If it got lost, here it is:
STOP DRUG ABUSE. YOUR BODY IS THE VESSEL BY WHICH YOU SELL YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST. RUIN THAT AND YOU RUIN YOUR CAREER.
Advised by half drunk Daniel Ndirangu Nyaribo