The Role of the Fans in the Growth of the Kenyan Scene
Fans play a big role in the development of the Kenyan Rock scene, there is no scene without the fans. I have said this number of times and I will say it over and over again; the fans are letting our bands down!
But here is how we can change that.
Kenya has a good number of rockers but only 30% to 40% of them attend shows. What do more than half the rockers do if they don’t attend the shows?
We should develop a culture of attending shows.
Just like sports #jazastadi I hereby launch #twenderockgigs.
It is weird how fans from other genres show up in large numbers to watch the artists lip sync and yet our bands give us raw stuff but we still don’t attend the shows. If we rockers don’t attend these shows who will? We can’t expect bongo guys to show up to rock gigs, according to them our music is pure noise.
Imagine a band performing in the presence of 200 or 300 fans, they will be motivated and more albums will be released. They will work harder to ensure we always get quality stuff.
Our country suffers from a disease called “I will just download the pirated one”.
No, this is not right. Let us buy music from our bands, they work their asses off to ensure they give us the best, the least we can do is buy their albums.
From this year henceforth, I will buy all physical albums, even the previously released albums. I will ensure they are passed to the other generation.
Hello all bands, make sure you have a copy for yours truly! Who wants to join in?
Our bands need a practice space, they need recording fees. The only way we can help them get these funds is by buying their merchandise.
Before you go out there looking for Parkway Drive, Arch Enemy or Nightwish merchandise, check if our local bands’ merchandise is on sale, buy the merch for yourself and your loved ones
(FYI, if there’s anyone who wants to surprise me with a gift, get me local band merch 😉
Don’t be just a fan, be a friend to the band members
Our relationships should not only be about music.
Our artists also need friends to encourage them, support them and to spend time with. Whenever they are working on music they will keep that in mind, they are doing it for the sake of the fans and friends.
If we do all these things our scene will soon be competing with Angola and South Africa.