Can bands expect fan support without distributing their music effectively?

Just take a second and imagine you growing up without any support from either family or friends (I wouldn’t be who I am today or maybe even alive).

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Kenya Rocks in 12 posts

Way before Facebook or Whatsapp became popular, Yahoo! chat group is where local fans of rock music interacted. 

What sort of goals did they set out to achieve? How did the rock community react to the post election violence? 

Kenya Rocks: The Vision

July 10, 2004 (first post)
Entertainment  : Organizing concerts, rock music and film festivals, TV and radio programmes, magazines, newsletter.

Education:  Organizing workshops, lectures, tours, research projects, ad campaigns, exhibitions. 

 Exposure  of emerging and latent talent through competitions, the media.  Exchanging of ideas:  Organizing conferences, seminars, talks, debates, social gatherings  Exchanging of records, tapes, CDs, DVDs . 

 Employment creation  in various sectors related to the rock music industry, for example, band formation, promotion and management; music production, distribution and publishing; concert organizing, studio set-up, music video production and directing; record companies and stores, tour bus companies, radio stations, TV channels . . .
Happy Birthday Kenya Rocks (Or is it R.I.P. Kenya Rocks?)

July 10, 2009
Hi everyone! On this group’s fifth birthday, I would like to ask a very important question: to be or not to be?   I am happy to report that the Kenyan rock scene is alive and well. Most of the local bands have a Facebook profile so you can keep in touch with what’s going on with your favourite bands. I’m swamped (with life in general) and I’m in the process of cutting back on my commitments. This group is one of them.   So my question is: should I keep this yahoo group alive or should we all just pack our bags and migrate to Facebook
Reply by Kenya Rocks member

Jul 12, 2009 

I’m not sure, but I think it’s time to put this group to rest. It has served its purpose beautifully. We have created something great and I think the next level is on something more widespread and accessible like FB. I’ve had great times on this group and it’s going to be hard to let it go…but I have to. All the best, Mildred.

Kenya Rocks

Jan 4, 2008

“O God of all creation Bless this our land and nation Justice be our shield and defender May we dwell in unity Peace and liberty Plenty be found within our borders.”  We will not allow a few individuals up there to jeopardize the future of the rest of us peace-loving Kenyans. Unlike these few individuals, we do not have the option of abandoning Kenya and fleeing to other countries when things get too hot to handle. Kenya is our only option,our only home. God bless Kenya.  “Let my flag remind me Of my sacred duty Black for the people Green for the land Red for the price of freedom And white for peace in Kenya My pride, my strength, my joy Always peace in Kenya In pride, in strength, in joy.”
Reply by Kenya Rocks Member

Jan 5, 2008 

i just wish the bloody politicians would feel the same way!!i cannot for the life of me understand how after watching fellow kenyans murdering each other it does not compell you as a kenyan

to put your selfish motives aside for the sake of the country & people you profess to love!!!!!

Proposal 

Jan 5, 2008

Hi Kenyans! Happy New Year! Well, to start, screw the politics. Can we organize a kickass show in say January or February to get everybody feeling good again. It’s been a while and I just think it would be a perfect start to a rubbish year. (Kenya Rocks member)

Reply by Kenya Rocks member

Jan 7, 2008 

hey happy new year to u too the start of the year hasnt been too good but im sure we can improve that maybe we can do a rock blood drain drive to give blood to the red cross guys or have a rock 4 peace concert i mean aint rock all about the love?

Reply by group moderator

Jan 7, 2008 

Great ideas! We can do both. Right now we are organizing a ‘Kenya Live Aid’ show to collect food,clothes etc. To be held on the 20th of January. Maybe we can do the rock blood drain and rock 4 peace concert in February? Organizing is the real headache. Could you or anyone else in Kenya Rocks volunteer to be in charge of these two projects?  And yes, rock is all about the love. Yesterday I was doubting this but after reading all the ‘proposal’ emails posted here, I believe! I believe!:-)  Oh and we should definitely have a New Year’s show. To make up for the awful way we started the new year.Maybe in March?:-)

 

Jan 7, 2008 

Shiku and I are in the process of organizing one in about two weeks. Entry fee will be food, clothes, bottled water, medicine…anything to help the victims of the post-election violence. Who else is with us?
Reply by Kenya Rocks Member

Jan 9, 2008 

forward ths mails to Kenya punk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Mildred Achoch on Kenya Punk

Jan 16, 2008 

Mister Politician Become a Magician, A Star we can wish on.  But your star is tainted By the blood of the nation. We stood in line but fainted When we knew your mission. Your stardom is painted With the blood of the nation.  Mister Politician Became a Mortician, A Star we may die on.
Reply by Member of Kenya Punk

Jan 17, 2008 

 I on the other hand blame US! not Mr politician!. WE gave him the right to play with our lives,WE said we’re not individuals but either [party A or party B](i want to puke just mentioning those names!). It’s worse than those sci-fi movies where-by people have numbers for names! I don’t know if you have been in town recently,You can’t look someone in the eyes! You feel them classifying you as either this or that and you cant be anything else.  I am ashamed to be called a Kenyan, That word to me means Hate, Selfishness, and Kill your neighbor for Mr Politician.  In fact Kenya should mean ZOO, lets stop pretending, we might as well just start walking on all fours, and jump up a tree.Civilization doesn’t belong here, thats a western concept too advanced for us.   WHAT A FUCKING SHAME!!!

About Kenya Punk

“This group was formed to provide a forum for the Kenyan rock scene. Other things discussed are related subjects such as skateboarding, politricks, graffiti, and whatever else people in the scene want to talk about. You can post messages, pictures, music, articles, whatever, as long as its SOMEWHAT RELEVANT to the group. Anyone can post stuff on here and everyone will read it and you can start discussions …. or whatever. If you join, you’ll get to hear about upcoming shows, album releases, and whatever else is going on with people in the scene.”  source: Kenya Punk yahoo group.
Kenya Punk was founded on June 28, 2004, about two weeks before Kenya Rocks. Many of the members of Kenya Rocks were also members of Kenya Punk.

With Mildred Achoch.

Support is everything a young scene needs to grow

Did you know that genres gain rep by the numbers they pull? No? You didn’t!? 

Did you also know that you’re the reason people don’t take your music seriously?Worse yet, you’re the reason you won’t see your favorite band play live, ever!

A metal scene is an important building block of metal as a genre. It is here that most metal musicians are brought forth for the bands of the future. Indeed, even your favorite guys began playing in a basement, then proceeding onward to an endless string of little clubs before they ended up becoming popular. They also needed support from their scene then, an honest to god dedicated metalheads that came to every shit show, bought mixtapes recorded in garages and made a lot of noise about it too. And it is that help that got them to where they are, your favorite band.

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Most of our bands are not privileged to make high quality music and it’s so unfair using that as an excuse to ignore what they are trying. If you want to listen to them with high quality sound you must take steps to support them and hope they will evolve since that’s what they need, help. Not condescending comments when you compare them to the guys who make millions a night. 

This might not be a popular opinion, but am much passionate about it. If you have listened to tonnes of metal bands, I am talking about gigabytes of core, black, death, sympho all that shit; but you haven’t seen any live band on stage, you my friend are a poser, and I can prove it mathematically. It’s called live music son, implying it is meant to be played while you watch it live being played, get it? No? Why would you? You’ve never seen a real set.
Why should you bother with your scene if you’ll ultimately gun for international acts? If this argument sounds somewhat silly to you, then you likely don’t have a decent understanding of what it truly means to be part of a community. Since that is what the scene is: a community.  

There are clear advantages of being part of any community. One is it’s resource for a wide range of help. When something turns out badly –even something in your own life – your metal amigos are there for support. There’s help even in just knowing you have guys you can depend on. Generally a sense of belonging is easy to get with your fellow freaks at the moshpit or while smoking a joint in the dark corners.

When our community becomes sustainable we will surely have a time of our lives. Bands we never thought would play here ever, they’ll come and not forgetting we have among the most vibrant metal scenes in Africa in terms of number of bands though lol not turn out at shows. We could be the metal central of the most brutal continent, Africa \,,/  

Overthrust from Botswana played Wacken and toured Europe because they have a dedicated scene of metalheads back home.

When its all said and done, what have you done for your scene as a real metalhead, or are you just a poser. 

It’s  a scene that needs to be nursed for it to be legit.

By

Lawrence Muchemi.