EXCLUSIVE: Top producer exposes gospel acts for stealing

EXCLUSIVE: Top producer exposes gospel acts for stealing

Legendary music producer Jacob Otieno, better known as Jacky B, suspects that one of the many gospel artistes that have walked through the doors of his hit-churning studio has stolen his trophies.

The famed music maestro revealed exclusively to Citizen Digital that both his Groove and Mwafaka Awards trophies mysteriously disappeared from the studio.

“My two awards (Mwafaka and Groove) were stolen about six months ago. I don’t know who took them. I just realised they were not where I had kept them in the house,” he said.

Just where were the trophies, and why does he suspect the artistes?

“One of my music studios is in the house. The awards were on a table stand in my living room. Sometimes when we are done recording, the singers pass through the corridor. I think one of them took them,” added the periodic silverware polishing producer.

What makes this theft even more sinister is the fact that Jacky B only works with ‘savedies’.

“I only record with gospel artistes. No other person stays with me, so it baffles me why they had to do it: are they going to boast to their friends that they won the awards? Mark you, they are not producers; so I wonder are they going to peel the title and put theirs? You know guys are very hungry for the awards!” said Jacky B.

Six months down the line, has he found out who stole the awards?

“Until today, I don’t know who took the trophies. I don’t know how to follow up because I can’t question all artistes recording with me – the ones who did not commit the act will feel like I am incriminating them. I just ignored and moved on.”

Many awards often have names of victors engraved on them; was Jacky B’s name written on the stolen trophies?

“No. I remember one was christened: “Producer of the Year” without my name.”

The upbeat producer says he is easy: “I hold no grudges against the one who stole my awards.”

Jacky B has produced some of Kenya’s big gospel tunes like Size 8’s Mateke, Jimmy Gait’s Signature and Daddy Owen’s Vanity.