‘Piga Shoka’ artistes apologize to Ivy Wangechi’s family

Sheddy Empire, the artistes behind the song.

A group of artistes have issued an apology over their controversial ‘Piga Shoka’ track.

The song, released over the weekend by Sheddy Empire was viewed by some as a ‘re-enactment’ of Moi University student Ivy Wangechi’s gruesome murder by Naftali Kinuthia using an axe.

“We are here to apologize to the family of Ivy because of our song ‘Pigwa Shoka’. If in any way tuliwakosea mahali, we never meant to hurt anyone.”

“We did the song out of fun and creativity. We can never support someone being murdered since we have sisters and daughters,” one of the group members said in a video.

Public outcry

After the release of ‘Piga Shoka,’ there was public outcry of the song’s lyrics, which seemed to propagate violence against women. 

Media personality Terryanne Chebet joined in on the conversation, calling for the DCI and KFCB to take action.

“Dear DCI, Ezekiel Mutua there's a music video doing rounds called 'pigwa shoka' that's enacting Ivy's killing and basically asking young men to kill slay queens. It's horrific, to say the least. I hope you can act on it with speed. Urging whoever has seen it not to share” she wrote.

In the video which has since been pulled down form YouTube, dancers are seen holding machetes, axes while wearing ‘bloody’ clothes.  

‘Takataka’ song banning

Just days ago, singer Alvindo issued an apology to Kenyans for his ‘Takataka’ song, which was banned by KFCB.

According to KFCB head Ezekiel Mutua, the song had degrading lyrics that advocated for violence against women by equating them to trash.

“I want to apologize to my fans and to promise them a second release that will embrace moral values… I am sorry I didn’t intend to incite jilted men against women,” Alvindo said.


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