Veteran Tanzanian singer Lucas Bukeda has for the first time opened up on what led to his downfall.
Speaking during an interview in a local radio station, Mr. Nice who now resides in Kenya said changing trends cost all artistes of the past their former glory.
He says artistes worked hard and depended on their music to sell them and not controversy.
Mr. Nice also threw shade at veteran star Rehema Chalamila popularly known as Ray C.
“Back then we respected each other and there was no kiki (publicity stunts) someone like Das Munda and Feroze the guys who sung kwaherini. They sang songs that even I as a fellow artistes listened to and I was a fan of. Then there was TMK and Juma Nature and there are those who were lucky to be helped by the president the likes of Ray C. But where is she? She was helped and helped up to 5 or 6 times and she still failed. She got everything that we wish we got the chance to get” he said
Mr. Nice further went on to reveal that the current Tanzanian music industry is run by cartels who promote favorites.
According to Mr. Nice, the likes of Lady Jay Dee have been shut out by the same cartels making her look like she has taken a hiatus from her once popping career.
“Lady Jay Dee silent, but I tell you, they are not silent for now reason, there is something happening behind the scenes, i’m telling you, you will find someone has blocked them somehow. You will find people saying ‘why should they be ahead of the person we are promoting? There are many ways of finishing you and you will find you don’t have backup that way you end up vanishing into the background, but still, their talent is there” he added
He concluded by saying social media platforms and streaming platform Youtube has spoiled creativity owing to the fact that artistes focus more on likes and number of views rather than the content they create.
“Back then you would sit down and write a song till your fans and audience understand you. We did not have the luxury of whatsapp or social media that you will help me share and explain what you meant in the song. You do everything manually till people get the song and understand you. No one has ever written a song for me, i wrote all my songs. That is a talent i thank god for because you will get many stars have songwriters but i write all my songs and I also play instruments” Said Mr. Nice