Mbosso Explains Why He Never Sees Eye to Eye With Otile Brown
10 November 2023
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Written by Pharis Kinyua
Tanzanian sensation Mbosso and Kenyan RnB artist Otile Brown found themselves entangled in a web of discord that played out not only in their music but also in public perception. The roots of their disagreements lie in a clash of creative visions, management processes, and a distinct musical landscape that sometimes tilts the scales in favor of one over the other.
Mbosso, in a candid interview with Wasafi Media, offered an insight into the friction between the two musicians. The Tanzanian artist was clear about his stance: "I don't have any issues with any artist. I am one person that if you have a problem with me, I will leave. You will find yourself alone." Mbosso's resolve to keep his artistic journey devoid of drama and negativity was evident in his words, but the discord with Otile Brown could not be brushed aside.
The genesis of their rift began with accusations of song theft. "There's a time he said we stole his song," Mbosso recounted, shedding light on the early tensions between the two artists. Such allegations can cast a pall over the collaborative spirit that often defines the music industry, testing the resolve of even the most level-headed musicians.
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However, the heart of their disagreement lay in the lack of adherence to the due process for collaboration. Otile Brown, the Kenyan artist, approached Mbosso with the prospect of a musical partnership. In response, Mbosso directed Otile Brown to his management, a standard procedure in the industry to ensure a streamlined and professional approach to collaboration. However, the Kenyan artist's failure to follow through with the established process proved to be the proverbial last straw in their relationship.
Mbosso's perspective on the situation was rooted in his role as an artist under management. To work with him, or any artist with a similar setup, Otile Brown needed to go through the proper channels. The Kenyan artist's deviation from these industry norms resulted in the breakdown of their budding relationship.
Otile Brown, on the other hand, seemed to take a different approach to the situation. The Kenyan RnB artist announced plans to release his album in 2024, confident that it would be a game-changer.
"I got too much game on my upcoming album, real life experiences," he declared, indicating his determination to create a musical masterpiece. His aspirations for the album were sky-high, setting his own standards for success. Otile Brown challenged himself, stating that the album had to rank among the top three best albums in Africa, or he would consider quitting music.
Otile Brown's ambitions were certainly admirable, but they also highlighted a dynamic in the music industry. The push for excellence and recognition in the African music landscape is fierce, with artists setting high benchmarks for themselves. It's a testament to the passion and dedication that fuel their creative journey, even if it occasionally pits them against one another.
In a past interview, Otile Brown had also reacted to the prevalence of Tanzanian music being embraced by Kenyans more than their local artists. He acknowledged the cyclical nature of the industry, where artists experience highs and lows, and trends wax and wane. Otile Brown emphasized the distinction between artists who aim to trend and demonstrate their prowess and those, like himself, who communicate with a wide audience.