EXCLUSIVE: Firirida Musician Conned Profits in Viral Song

  • Dick Njoroge Munyonyi, an artist who sung the viral Firirida song
    Dick Njoroge Munyonyi, an artist who sung the viral Firirida song
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  • Dick Njoroge Munyonyi, an artist who sang the viral Firirida song, has not received any money despite the millions of views that his song has garnered over the past few weeks.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on phone, the musician's son Munyonyi Junior, intimated that the page on which the viral song was posted, did not belong to the artist.

    He added that they had tried to reach out to the owner of the account to no success.

    Firirida musician Dick Munyonyi (centre), his son Munyoni Junior (R) and musician Epha Maina on Monday, February 22.
    Firirida musician Dick Munyonyi (centre), his son Munyoni Junior (R) and musician Epha Maina on Monday, February 22.
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    "The impersonators had already been given some money when the song went viral, and we had to report the channel because that it is not our own," Munyonyi stated.

    The musician has since opened a new page which only has a total of three subscribers, and only 20 views on the famous song.

    On the other hand, the other account has a total of 17,000 subscribers and 516,000 views on the Firirida song. Other Munyonyi songs posted on the page have also picked up, with Onga Munyoni having a total of 153,000 views.

    All these songs were posted on the channel seven years ago.

    A few Kenyans have since made some contributions to the ailing artist who lost his voice years back after a bus trip to Nairobi from the Mwembe Tayari, Mombasa, where he had been invited to perform in clubs at the coast.

    The musician recorded the viral song in 1986 and was relatively successful at the time. During a past interview, the he asked his fans to pray for him to regain his voice so he could sing. 

    "Currently, I take medicine amounting to Ksh3,000 a month, while my wife also spends Ksh2,000 on medicine because she is diabetic. I wouldn't want to appeal for any help because I would feel like I am embarrassing the president," he stated.

    In the meantime, he asked his fans to support him by listening to his song on the You Tube page by the name Ndiki Njoroge.