Safaricom has today announced a six-month partnership with Kenyan hip hop artist Nonini as one of their creative brand ambassadors. The partnership will have Nonini heavily involved in Safaricom brand campaigns which will include the use of his image, voice, and content. He will also represent the brand amongst musicians in the country, in his capacity as a champion of artistes’ rights and a director of the Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK).
“I appreciate this chance to work with Safaricom and also look forward to learning more about the work Safaricom Foundation does. I am very passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility, and as part of the partnership I hope to participate in as many activities as I can,” said Nonini. Nonini also runs the Colour Kwa Face Foundation which advocates for the rights of people living with albinism. The Foundation collects sunscreen lotion to supply to people living with the condition as many are unable to meet the cost.
“We settled on this partnership with Nonini because he is a pioneer of new-age Kenyan music popularly known as Genge, is passionate about artists’ rights through his involvement with PRISK and other organizations that fight for artists’ rights. His passion for helping those in need goes in line with our brand spirit of Twaweza and we look forward to working with him on various projects,” said Charles Kare, Acting Director- Consumer Business, Safaricom.
During the course of the partnership, Nonini will educate his fellow artists on monetizing their songs and creative endeavors by registering and joining SKIZA and how they should check on their income. Artistes on the SKIZA platform can keep track of their income by dialing *622# or by visiting www.skiza.com. The reporting is available on a real-time basis and enables them to view their own earnings, a shift from the previous situation which saw only CSPs access the portal.
SKIZA is one of the platforms created by Safaricom over the last sixteen years to provide a forum for Kenyan musicians to sell their music and offers them a chance to reach the company’s 29 million subscribers. There are currently 11 million users of the service, which houses over 132,000 tunes out of which 125,000 are by Kenyans.