By: Joseph Nduti Musomba
Legendary Kamba Benga singer Kennedy Wambua Ngoze popular known as Ken WA Maria has immersed himself into politics and will be running for Member of County Assembly (MCA ) in Machakos come August 8th, 2017.
Ken Wa Maria won the Matuu Ward wiper ticket .He was handed over the certificate on Tuesday together with other candidates who were part of the nominations. He now joins other musicians like Charles Kanyi, also known as ‘Jaguar’ who won the Starehe MP jubilee ticket and Tanzanian Hip hop artist Joseph Huale popularly known as Professor Jay who is an MP of the Tanzanian parliament
The ‘Fundamentals’ singer is also the founder of the Yatta Orchestral band which was the starting point of Ben Mbatha, also known as Kativui, who is also one of the most popular Benga artiste in Ukambani. Kativui later broke away to form Kyaume boys band.
His hits include Sheila baby, Katethya USU, Kalonzo ika nesa, Ndalili SYA maundu among others. Ndalili sya Maundu (signs of the times) is a political song that is in praise of Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka who is also the second in command in NASA.
Ken Wa Maria has also been involved in controversy .He has been arrested before by the Machakos County inspectorate while performing a song that was critical of the current Machakos governor Alfred Mutua during a demonstration. Together with seven others, he faced charges in court of causing disturbances at Kathome, a few kilometers from Machakos town two years ago during the Okoa Kenya campaign by the opposition. He was released on a cash bail of Ksh. 30, 000.