The famous Rapper Khaligraph Jones has expressed concerns on how the pioneer musical acts are being treated in Kenya.
While mourning the passing of rapper Chris Kantai best known for his hit song Huu Ni Nani, Jones wrote that Kenyans must support fellow countrymen while they are still alive.
The Mazishi hitmaker lamented that media did not highlight Kantai’s plight enough as he wiggled his way out of alcoholism.
“This is 3 years ago when I did a song with the Late Kris Kantai but instead of the media motivating during his comeback, they only talked about how miserable he was cause of alcoholism even after he was done with rehab and was fully reformed,” wrote Jones.
He stated that he knows of some artists who are battling depression at the moment and similarly need help.
“Let’s Stop waiting for our pioneers to die so that we can talk about how they are legends and inspired us while they were alive, I know some Artists who paved the way for us who are undergoing through depression right now, let’s help them now, Rest in Peace Kantai,” he posted.
Media did help
Apart from reporting on his music, the media informed the public on Kantai’s suffering as part of keeping his flame alive and drawing attention to his predicament.
For instance, a year ago, We located Kantai in an apartment in South B and narrated the sorry state he was living in.
The piece highlighted in detail his condition including reports that he attempted to sell his bedsheets to one of his neighbours at Sh100 in order to quench his thirst for alcohol.
2014 also saw Pulse dig deep in a detailed search for answers on what was ailing the gifted rapper who bust into the scene in 2004.
Kantai was among the first rapping talents to put the hip-hop genre on top of the map.
Jones, a big fan of Kantai, had an opportunity to work with the fallen star in 2016 on Ting Badi Malo. A banger that was billed as Kantai’s re-entry into the music scene.
“Chris Kantai is one person that I will forever respect and acknowledge ‘cause he did set the pace for a lot of artists that are in the present music industry. Let’s all appreciate this pioneer for the good job he has done and is still doing,” said Jones four years ago.
According to a family representative, Wanjiku Thuku, Kantai passed away on the morning of February 27 at St. Francis Hospital in Kasarani.
He had reportedly been admitted at the facility for two days.