Mohammed Ali, he of the popular Jicho Pevu is undoubtedly one of the few kenyan journos of our time who have made this country proud. When history of the post independent greats is re-told, special mention will be made of Mohammed Ali. He and his colleague Allan Namu are a few of the ‘media magnates’ every up-and-coming journalist (should) look up to.
Jicho Pevu, is a brand, an institution that needs no introduction. From police brutality to the intrigues that transpired at Westgate Mall to the underhand winning strategies used by Jubilee in the 2013 presidential elections to the rogue pastors who prey on unsuspecting church goers, he has brought to light some of the most dumbfounding ills in society. But that is beside the point.
Through the show dubbed Reggae Splash that runs from 2 pm till 12 am every Sunday on Radio Maisha, Mohammed Ali rebuffs without fear or favour the iniquities of the present day Babylon, political or otherwise. If there is one authentic and bold edutainment show in any radio station in Kenya, it has to be the one and only Reggae Splash.
Just as the history of reggae music is not complete without the ideologies of the Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, the essence of reggae is void until we consistently gainstay slavery, corruption, dictatorship, ethnic dominance, insecurity, poverty, disrespect to human dignity and cronyism. None does that on radio better than Ras Moha.
But, as obvious, the citizenry has been wired to defend ethnic political outfits so that one’s own faction becomes the Alpha and Omega. Which is why we have some listeners call him a CORD puppeteer. Some, feeling highly offended whenever government misdoings are mentioned, go as far as wishing him death.
Yet he, in the spirit of Rastafarianism, says, “You can kill me but you can’t kill us.” A paraphrase of one of the foremost Bukinnabe Pan-Africanist Thomas Sankara, “While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill an idea.”
I don’t hold brief for Ras Moha. It is his right to belong to either Jubilee or CORD. But appraising his criticism on a fair pedestal, methinks he is an honest defender of the ‘downpressed.’ Suffice is to say that he defends no political demi-god or establishment but advocates for truth. The truth that all politicians ‘don’t deal with the real issues’ opting instead to ‘treat the people like a piece of tissue.’
If only we could free our minds of the ethnic intoxication and embrace that truth, perhaps we would help revolutionize our beloved country. What we need is a realization that the poor and the marginalized are a tribe. The other is the rich, powerful and moneyed. Thus, I and I (the oneness of two persons), in this case the poor majority, is the only source of strength we have to thrash Babylon.
Credit goes to the Reggae Splash. For every Sunday, thanks to it, we listen to the heartbeat of the people. Thumbs up!
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley.