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Kenyan Who Sang His Way Into President John Magufuli's Heart

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By macjaymo | self meida writer
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Benga Musician Tom Mboya popularly referred to as Atomy Sifa during an interview with the quality at his home at his resort which remains under construction in Adiedo Homa Bay County on Saint Joseph , 2021.

A Benga musician who saw trouble for composing a political song in Kenya fled to Tanzania where he later earned a fortune for singing in praise of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.

Tom Mboya Gaga, known for his pseudonym Atomy Sifa, was one among the famous Luo musicians who had been approached to compose a song in praise of President Uhuru Kenyatta for his re-election campaign in 2017.

The song was to be wont to aid the president’s penetration in Luo land which has strongly remained behind Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.

“I was so broke at that point and that i placed rock bottom bid and won the chance ,” Sifa recalls.

He got a write-up to guide his script for the song, Uhuru Nyale (Uhuru is capable), which he crafted within a couple of days and therefore the audio was out. This was approved by the masters then a video followed.

As soon the video was uploaded on YouTube, hell broke loose, with supporters of Raila taking issue with the content which they claimed was direct attack on the ODM leader and therefore the Luo nation.

Sifa fled to Tanzania through Yimbo in Migori County, and sought refuge during a friend’s house in Sirare border town.

And three years after living the boring undercover life, he asked his friend to assist him get to Dar Salaam where he made his way into entertainment joints, and later found himself during a studio .

And early last year, as Tanzania was preparing for elections, Sifa tried his lack again within the murky waters of political praises and composed a song in praise of President Magufuli who was seeking re-election.

“I took the work to Magufuli’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi offices and tried to access local radio stations to market it. it had been soon accepted and therefore the wave swept even Magufuli,” said Sifa.

He said he once got an invitation to perform in President Magufuli’s hotel in his Chato village, which presented a chance for him to satisfy the President face to face.

“We had a brief chat and he told me he was impressed with my work, pledging to reward me,” he said.

Within a couple of days, Sifa said the President’s aides presented him with a cheque of Sh6 million, with a promise that he will get another session with the top of state.

Sifa soon moved back to his Kamoth village range in Adiedo, Homa Bay County, built a house, and a resort – Rock City Jungle Resort – which opened its doors five months ago.

“When i used to be developing the project, i might update the president of the progress and he even told me that he would offer me more support to make sure it's complete,” he said.

When the Sunday Standard team trapped with him yesterday, Sifa had just been discharged from hospital and was trying to return to terms with the death of Magufuli.

“My music is more accepted in Tanzania than Kenya and through the short period i used to be there, I got more performances,” he said.

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