Kenya: Provocative Musician revered as Kikuyu Youth Warrior
According to The Star (Nairobi), Kigutha (real name Muigai Njoroge), a gospel singer with a reputation for speaking out against poor governance of his own people, has been acknowledged for his efforts by his community, at an elder’s council where he was crowned the Kikuyu youth warrior and messenger. It was awarded to him in celebration of his ten years in music. Incredibly, he started his music career late in life, when he started singing at 24. He is now 34 with 24 albums under his belt.
The festivities took place at Kirigiti stadium with old-time musicians Joseph Kamaru and Julia Lucy in attendance.
According to Muiruri Waiganjo, the Kikuyu Elders Council national chairman, his songs are insightful and offer advice for all ages "We have not seen any young man or woman who cherishes his or her culture like Njoroge," said Waiganjo. "The elders chose Muigai as he is full of vigour and always seeks their views on the Kikuyu history and language when composing his songs." "The elders have found a youth whom they can send to his fellow kinsmen. He is our voice to the youth in the community most of whom have been ruined by consumption of illegal brews," said the chief priest. "We have decided as elders to crown Muigai due to his love of his community language and traditions."
Muigai caused a stir when he released his album 'Ni Mutu, Ni Mutu' loosely translated as its maize meal, its maize flour. Allegedly, the government wanted to ban it, with a section of MPs claiming it was inciting people against the government after the maize scandal in which some senior government officials were accused of diverting maize to a neghbouring country.
The lyrics sang, 'ni mutu ni mutu thina witu ni mutu, ni muoka muno mwahutia nda ya muthini, murendia mbembe Sudan ya Muhuro nao andu me Kenya makuage ni ng'aragu. (Its maize flour, its maize floor, our problem is only the flour; you have too much and touched on the stomach of the poor. You are selling the flour to South Sudan while Kenyans are dying of hunger.'
During the celebrations, the young warrior was awarded a number of financial contributions to support his career.