“This country doesn’t serve creatives,” says Brandy Maina amid controversy
Singer-songwriter Brandy Maina is ready to leave the country!
Her remarks follow the harsh criticism she received from Kenyans online after she publicly declared that she would no longer be doing collaborations or interviews for the rest of the year.
Adding a few caveats, “Unless it's Nyash, Kinoti, Watendawili, Femi, or Fathermoh, I'm not doing any more collaborations this year. Leave me out of interviews as well,” she said.
Explaining her decision, the “Kuna Kuna” hitmaker said she had been doing too many collaborations and had not had time to focus on her own individual projects.
“I've been doing collaborations for a while now, and I really haven't taken the time to work on my solo project. If I do a song with you, I'll push it to the best of my ability, and that takes time, money, and effort that I think I need to preserve for my EP for the rest of the year," she said.
Despite he sober explanation, criticism was harsh and swift with some Kenyans calling her proclamation arrogant and unwise.
Responding to her critics on Wednesday, Maina said she was happy for comedian Elsa Majimbo who had finally made it out of the country and was prospering in the US.
"This country doesn't deserve creatives. I pray we all leave this toxicity. So happy for Majimbo damn. God, please open my doors, this can't be my home forever. It be your own that kill you," Brandy posted on her social media platform.
Rapper Brandy Maina studied music at the Sauti academy with a number of songs under her belt including “Dark Skin” and “Maryjane”. She has collaborated with a slew of artists including Sauti Sol, Nadia Mukami and was featured on the viral hit song “Kuna Kuna”.
Gathegi has been spotted in and around the country meeting with key industry stakeholders like John Chirchir, acting CEO of the Kenya Tourism Board and more recently with Kenya’s top reality TV director Eugene Mbugua.