Kelvin Otieno Ochieng also known as Blackson is a 23-year-old Police officer based at Kakuma Police Station, located deep inside the Kakuma refugee camp.
He has a song out about the Coronavirus
Watch it here:
In Blackson’s Own Words,
“CORONA IS MY FIRST SONG AS A MUSICIAN AND IT TALKS ABOUT THE PANDEMIC; WHAT IT IS, HOW IT AFFECTS SOMEONE WHEN THEY CONTRACT IT AND HOW WE CAN PREVENT OURSELVES FROM GETTING IT.”
He was inspired to write the song due to alot of misconceptions.
HE SAID, “SOME PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS STILL BELIEVE THE SONG DOESN’T EXIST, OTHERS THINK THE SONG AFFECTS OLD PEOPLE ONLY AND EVEN SOME BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT IS USING THE PANDEMIC TO MAKE MONEY FROM DONORS AND FUNDERS.”
“SO THE REASON WHY I WROTE THIS SONG IS TO DEMYSTIFY ALL THE ABOVE AND HELP ADD MY VOICE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORT IN SENSITIZING THE MASSES ABOUT THE DISEASE. LASTLY, IT IS MEANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE KENYA POLICE MEAN WELL FOR KENYANS AND THEY SHOULD NOT SEE US ENFORCING THE DIRECTIVES AS PUNISHMENT. WE AS POLICEMEN ARE ALSO VULNERABLE AND WE CAN GET THE DISEASE, SO WHEN WE DO OUR JOB TO ENSURE KENYANS FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT’S DIRECTIVES, WE MEAN WELL AS IT HAS AFFECTED AND IT CONTINUES TO AFFECT ALL OF US BOTH SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY. THE SONG WAS RECORDED AND THE VIDEO SHOT IN KAKUMA BY TALENT FROM THE KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP.”
What Kelvin would like Kenyans to know about the Police is that they also got talent; they have feelings and love everyone and when they cross paths with lawbreakers it is to ensure Kenyans are on the right track of law and everyone’s rights, privileges and responsibility are not infringed.
Hailing from Homa-bay County, Mbita Sub County, Blackson’s journey with music began in church where he was part of the school choir at Mbita high school.
This enabled him to participate in the national music and drama festivals and also took part in several talent searches that were held in the Nyanza region.