Magix Enga, born Njenga Chege, has made a sincere plea for financial assistance in a frightening Instagram post, while also shining light on the apparent exploitation he’s endured at the hands of numerous musicians with whom he’s cooperated.
Magix Enga, a well-known beatmaker, maintains that despite his significant contributions to the Kenyan music business, he is struggling to make ends meet.
Enga, known as the “beat King” of Africa, has left the Kenyan music scene in awe with hits like “Dundaing,” “Watoto Na Pombe,” featuring Otile Brown, and “Maja,” as well as “Mapenzi Hisia,” but according to his post, he’s barely benefited from these musical gems.
In an unexpected turn of events, he opened up about his financial struggles, explaining how his studio was recently shut down due to rent issues, leaving him jobless.
“I have a one-month-old baby boy who is depending on me,” Enga lamented in his Instagram post.
“I tried to pull myself together, but with the studio closure, my options are dwindling. I still believe I am the best producer.”
The producer further cites some popular songs he has worked on which have since made waves in Kenya, such as “Mamiondoko” and “Digidigi” by Arrow Boy, which have garnered millions of views on YouTube, but he alleges that he has not received a single cent for his contributions.
This revelation has ignited a fierce debate within the Kenyan music industry, and fans are divided over whether Enga’s claims are legitimate or if there is more to the story.
While some are quick to empathize with the talented producer, expressing outrage at what they perceive as exploitation, others are skeptical, demanding to hear the artists’ side of the story.
Magix Enga’s plea for help extended to the highest echelons of power, as he addressed a plea to none other than President William Samoei Ruto.
Enga urged President Ruto to step in and provide support to him, not only within the music industry but also by involving his colleagues.
The post, which has since gone viral, has prompted various reactions from Kenyan artists and music enthusiasts alike.
Some argue that it’s essential for artists to be compensated fairly for their work, while others point out the complexities of music industry contracts and the need for a more transparent system.