According to Bien, the main reason for this is because the East African musicians chose poverty over unity. The singer revealed that most want to shine alone.
These want to work alone and make the others look bad. They also want to achieve alone and this always breeds unnecessary competition. This, he says, is bad for the industry which is small compared to the other regions. He gave an instance of Nigeria which has 200 million people.
This is a number that the East African countries can’t equate to even when added together. Therefore, unity should be of paramount importance if they are to match their rivals’ superiority.
Bien also further gave an example of the times gone when East African music was competitive because of unity.
“I always say that East African musicians chose poverty over unity. They want to work alone and taint their fellows. This greed and selfishness can’t allow us to compete with the Nigerians who have a market of over 200 million people. That’s a number that all the East African countries can’t make even when added together. We, therefore, need to unite as a region in order to have a bigger market and compete,” Bien said.
Seems like Bien has been listening to the sermons of President Museveni over the need for an East African Federation.
Museveni has been rallying East African countries to combine into one market. And this would provide a readily available market for the goods produced in the region.
Besides, a number of years ago, the region was always able to compete on the Continent. These included the East African Bashment Crew which consisted of Bebe Cool (Uganda), Wyre (Kenya) and Nazizi (Tanzania).
The rest of the musicians were also easily working together. It however now seems like they are competing against each other. This has permitted the likes of Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa to pull away musically with great miles.
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