STRANGER THAN FIC­TION

Sunday Express - - ENTERTAINMENT -

start rap­ping the gospel af­ter young peo­ple were tram­pled to death at a mu­sic event in Nairobi, in 2004.

“I said, this should not hap­pen any­more,” he told BBC. “If young peo­ple want en­ter­tain­ment, they can come to church to play, to pray and to en­ter­tain them­selves.

Ogalo started writ­ing songs, seek­ing to steer young peo­ple away from drugs and prison and to­ward the church and a pro­duc­tive life­style. He said he’s used drama, mar­tial arts and po­etry, too, to teach about is­sues such as HIV/ AIDS and cli­mate change, trav­el­ling around to schools or other com­mu­nity cen­tres to reach them.

“We try to help young peo­ple un­der­stand what life is and also to use art to vi­tal­ize the world,” he told NTV May 6. “We have a lot of man­power. Our youth is so vi­brant. We only need to help them to nur­ture the po­ten­tial in them.”

He wanted his stage name to be Paul S.W.I.T., stand­ing for Paul Sees the World in Tur­moil - but “my fans don’t want that,” he told NTV in a fol­low-up in­ter­view. “They want Sweet Paul, for flavour. They say I rap sweet, I dance sweet.”

But he ac­knowl­edged that when he mixed his rap with his ser­mon - and his ban­danna with his robe — “that was some­thing re­gret­table.”

Ogalo could not be reached for com­ment early Thurs­day. The Dio­cese of Homa Bay and the Kenya Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops did not im­me­di­ately re­turn re­quests for com­ment. — The Wash­ing­ton Post

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