Gospel musician Ben Githae decries hard financial times after cancellation of gigs

Ben Githae. [Photo courtesy]

Gospel musician Ben Githae has decried hard times as Kenya takes elaborate measures in tackling the spread of coronavirus.

Githae who is known for his riveting performances says artistes are currently struggling to make ends meet now that entertainment joints and church functions have been suspended.

In a tell-it-all interview with a local daily, Githae said he lost Sh150,000 gig the second week of March when the first case of coronavirus was reported.

Now, he says, things haven’t been the same for him which stretches to other artistes too.

“The only assured money they have is from Skiza, yet when it comes to doing things, they do like any person who has a basic salary at every end month..So when you see artistes complaining, know that those complaints are genuine since we work hard,” he decried.

With the look of things, their only hope is royalties’ whose mechanism will only favour the famous artistes getting airplay on major stations across the country.

For upcoming artistes, it is a different story.

“I can’t complain because I was given Sh61,000, but there are those local artistes who received better than me,” the Tano Tena hitmaker he remarked appealing “most local artistes who do not have Swahili or English songs suffer most because they do not get airplay from most radio stations.”