5 Musicians Who Earned Millions for Praising Politicians

Artists have been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Kenya's vibrant political campaigns over the years.

Other than earning from hit songs in support of politicians, the artists gain greater visibility and are sought to perform at various events.

One such artist is Engineer Onyi Jalamo who was behind Tibim, the biggest 2017 campaign song for the National Super Alliance (NASA) led by Raila Odinga.

Following the song's success, Odinga bought him production equipment, a van and gave him cash.

Jalamo now owns a music recording studio and says he has a personal contract with the NASA leader, who is to be sworn in as the People's President on January 30.


Gospel musician Ben Githae composed Tano Tena, a popular tune that backed President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election bid in 2017.

Once President Kenyatta was in office, Githae was honored with a Head of State Commendation (HSC) during Jamhuri Day celebrations in December.

Marion Cherotich sang Kibendi Tai, a song in support of President Kenyatta's campaign that got the Head of State dancing at an event in Bomet County.

After she revealed that she dropped out of high school but still desired an education, a legislator sponsored Cherotich to get back to her studies with all her expenses covered.

Amos Barasa recorded Bindu Bichenjanga, a big hit in 2017 that advocated for change.


He is reported to have signed a deal with the Opposition that saw the song used during their campaigns.

Before 2017, Gidi Gidi Maji Maji set the trend for artists earning from politics when their hit, Unbwogable, was picked up by former President Mwai Kibaki's campaign.

The duo made millions from the song that encapsulated the euphoria of the time as President Daniel Arap Moi left office after 24 years.