Guys….I’m a bit (Ok! extremely if I’m being honest) late on this particular post. However, I feel obliged to talk about Willy Paul, who doesn’t seem too happy with Harmonize, who was featured on his “PiliPili” remix.
Through a recent Instagram post, Willy Paul implied that Harmonize wasn’t being supportive enough of their recent music collaboration.
This is so sad! Honestly speaking, let's not be people who are just after using others. Let's learn to support. And if we agree to support then let's do it whole heartedly… it's a small world we are living in you might be at the top today but remember. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.. learn to live with people! #tafakari Before I forget, thank you to the whole @wcb_wasafi @diamondplatnumz @babutale @sallam_sk for letting me feature @harmonize_tz in the song #pilipiliremix GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Just a few days ago, Harmonize dropped his own Kwangaru video that features Diamond . Boy have they both been going ham on promoting it on social media! On the other hand, Harmonize has had just 5 posts on his Instagram page promoting the Willy Paul collaboration, which has ultimately been overshadowed by Kwangaru’s promotion.
Based on the Willy Paul Instagram post, if the collaboration was Harmonize’s way of supporting him, then he ought to have helped in getting word out there about the song, way more than he went out of his way to do.
A while back, I did a post on music artists collaborating with bigger stars for the sake of expanding their horizons. Besides having to pay for such collaborations (unless otherwise agreed), very few “big stars” actually go out of their way to promote such music collaborations. Worse even, very few collaborations of this type make for good music.
I’m not sure if it’s an issue of time, which poses a challenge to the artistes or that the “smaller” artists are intimidated, failing to deliver on their part and sometimes having this rub off on the more established artist. Or perhaps the established artist may not like some of the elements of the song but doesn’t want to come across as a “know it all” and therefore choosing to remain silent and just doing the damn music.
Maybe I am wrong, maybe I haven’t listened to enough good music but (and this is my opinion, do not come for me) I know just a handful of songs by an upcoming or even established artist featuring a bigger artist with a bigger fan base that was actually genuinely incredible music. I’m talking about music that I actually fell in love with because it was good music with a great concept and even better execution, captivating beats, well thought of lyrics and undeniable chemistry between the artists featured. Now this is contrary to me liking the idea of Davido working with Meek Mill or trying to convince myself that I like Marry You just because I like Diamond and Ne-Yo as artists.
I agree with Willy Paul in the sense that if a bigger artist agrees to collaborate with a less established artist, then they should commit 100% to it. They may have been paid for the collaboration and think of it as just a business transaction but if you do not believe in the song that you are to be featured in, you might as well decline to it. Perhaps even ask for a different song with a different feel by the same artist to be featured in. It makes no sense for one to accept to be featured in a song that they don’t like and therefore decide not to promote it as much as they would their own song or even a song that they like.
However, Kenya does have our very own gospel singers among others Daddy Owen, Mercy Masika, Eunice Njeri and Mr Vee who are beyond talented. And even if collaborations with secular artists, which seems to be the route that Willy Paul is now taking, there are among others Khaligraph Jones, Fena Gitu, King Kaka and MDQ to work with, before moving onto collaborating with artists from neighboring countries.
But then again, who said you need a collaboration with a bigger artist or any other artist for that matter to get your name out there? A good jam is a good jam. No one really cares who sings on it.
What do you think?
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