STRANGER THAN FICTION
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