Kenyan alternative rock band Murfy's fLaw have began a music mentorship program for high schools. The six-member band consists of Reema, Number 9, Punky Monkey, Jojo, Jozie and Njeri began with Precious Blood Secondary School Riruta, with the aim of promoting their new album, and to mentor young students to acquire a proper basis of education to tackle the entertainment industry. With their music mentorship program, Murfy’s fLaW is looking to share some of their music experiences and lessons learnt.
This month, The government of Kenya recently revised its education system, thus a number of creative arts subjects are no longer readily available to the average Kenyan student. Vicky Karuga, the drummer told Word Is, “Basically, we get to talk about music as a career in the schools that we visit, talk about how important finishing an education is and how useful it become sin the Business of music. “We also talk about the hard work that each person has to put in, not only in music but in life. We ask students to realise that you must first do music because you love it and have a passion for it. Not for the fame. Then the rest falls into place.”
The music mentorship experience will be carried out in two phases. The first phase, Makosa is named after the rock band’s debut album, and is based on a study of mistakes made by the band at its inception and an analysis of the steps taken to solve them. While the second phase is named after the second album, Hello Light and is a celebration of the lessons learned from the experience of Makosa.
This will take the form of a concert by the band at the school venue. Murfy’s fLaW feels the music mentorship program will help fill in the cultural landscape of our community. Kenya’s history in music has unfortunately been a dire one, in which the most talented musicians usually die unknown and unappreciated due to a combination of piracy, lack of promotion and an inability to meet the right audiences. This has resulted in a situation where there is no catalogue of Kenya’s rich musical history.