Drug abuse is a common vice at the Kenyan coast.
Many people, especially the youth, have fallen into the bottomless pit with barely no one to their redemption.
However, a Mombasa-based R&B (bongo fleva) ensemble is working hard to change the worrying situation at the coast.
Made up of four members, Wasojali Band has dedicated itself in helping youths with drug addiction.
The youthful quartet says that through it’s musical work, it’s been engaging the affected youths in forums that would see them abandon the vice.
“Drug abuse among the youth has become such a huge menace here at the coast,” says Ibrahim Juma aka Ability, a band member.
He adds: “As a group, however, we are determined to work hard to see that our youth are redeemed from this mess.
“We’ve been spending a lot of time and talking with such people in an effort to show them that their energies can be utilised in constructive engagements other than in drugs.
“Our efforts are showing results as many of these youths have shunned the vice.”
The band started almost two years ago is managed by Athman Baba of the Kubwa Entertainment label.
Wasojali, which won Band of the Year award at the annual Nzumari Awards last year, has so far released eight songs and four videos.
Among it’s popular hits are Sina Bahati , Jirani ft. Susumila, Mupenzi Sitimu and the latest Nitalia Nawe ft. Kelechi.
Nitalia Nawe is a refix of Diamond Platnumz’ hit song Hello. Other members of the band includes Hamisi Mohammed aka Hams, Juma Mbaruku aka Jay Bro and Idriss Hamisi akaE-Driss.
Mombasa has been on the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Drugs, Bestiality and child pornography perpetrated by foreigners, high rate of school dropouts, polyandry and witchcraft are just some of the ills that bedevil this county. That aside, the scandal ravagedcoastal city of Mombasa has also its good side. The beautiful beaches attract tourists like moths to a flame. Tourism is the largest foreign exchange source after agriculture. The showbiz industry is also alive with the likes of Nyota Ndogo (recently married), susmila, Cannibal and Sharama making a big impact beyond the confines of Mombasa.