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Baba na Mama Night: Is Mbilia Bel Soiling Her Music Career in Politics of Kenya?

It is less than a month since Mbilia Bel performed in Kenya and now the Congolese Diva is doing another Nakei Nairobi journey into the country.

Her latest show, gets staged at Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Arboretum, on August 6.

The ballet is being dubbed on posters as “Live Performance,” yet under the tag line of ‘Baba na Mama Night.’

Nsana Promotions is behind this Mbilia Bel’s concert, with the bash billed to start at 7.00pm, Saturday Night.

Whoever wants to see her sing (and dance), gets to to fork out 5000 Kenyan Shillings, to buy a ticket which comes with a complimentary drink.

However, there are VVIP slots that cost double the amount, but with dinner included in the tab.

Still, the ‘Baba na Mama,’ moniker may translate into a political theme in the current atmosphere in Kenya, where Campaigns are closing, paving way for the 2022 polls.

Kenya goes into General Elections on Monday, August 9, two days after Mbilia Bel’s Baba na Mwana Saturday Night Show in the Capital City.

‘Baba na Mama,’ as it happens, is the catchphrase for the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Coalition candidates.

Presidential flag bearer for Azimio, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has a lady running mate in the person of Martha Karua.

Ms Karua is former Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister and National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) Kenya Party leader.

They are competing against the Vice President, William Ruto who vies for the top job aboard the Kenya Kwanza political Alliance, alongside Rigathi Gachagua, the Member of Parliament for Mathira Constituency.

During her previous trip to Kenya, the former L’Afrisa International songstress performed at Raila Odinga’s campaign rally.

She has remained a darling to Kenya and other East African audiences even after leaving the Tabuley’s band in 1988, going solo and falling from grace in the process.

For observers, Marie Claire Mboyo (that is Mbilia Bel), is likely to be on the verge of jettisoning 50 percent of Kenyan fans from her already struggling music ship, after taking the political route, even if it is just for business.

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