For a while now, Amos and Josh have been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. The duo released their new hit single Heri Tuachane, only to pull it down hours later after Amos’ ex-lover, Cindy, threatened to commit suicide.
Talking to the Pulse, the two singers, their manager Ally Ady and producer Bruce Odhiambo while recalling the events, described a tense situation that almost led to Amos quiting music all together.
“This has nothing to do with my faith. I am a true believer in God and that can never be compromised. I am only human, it must be clear that the events of April have instead made me stronger. We have not deviated from our purpose of serving God,” says Amos.
On April 4, 2016, the two had just uploaded their latest single Heri Tuachane and manager Ady was at Yaya Centre meeting a prospective client who had shown interest in supporting one of their upcoming concerts. Ady says he was proud of their latest project and wanted to show it off to his client.
However, when they logged into YouTube, the video was missing. “This was very embarrassing. I looked not only like a fool but a conman because the video had only been up for 10 hours. I called Amos but he did not pick (my call), then I called Josh twice and when he picked he said it is a long story that we could not discuss on phone,” explains Ady.
Ady explained to his clients that there was a mix-up and walked off in a huff. Ady then proceeded to Johari Cleff studios since Bruce was still working late into the night. The following day, an emergency meeting was held at a Camp David and that is when Ady was brought up to speed.
“We had to take a break and that is when Amos broke down and told me about his conversation with Cindy’s mother. Apparently, his ex-girlfriend was having some meltdown and I still cannot believe that he was not man enough to take the heat,” explains Josh.
“This was not an easy decision because Heri Tuachane is just a fourth episode of The Contrast, a multimillion musical series that I have worked for all my life. To think that Amos wanted to screw it all up because of some stupid love affair was not going to happen and that is why I opposed the idea of pulling down the video,” Josh adds.
Amos says that he had broken up with Cindy, a lawyer attached to a top law firm in Upper Hill over irreconcilable differences and he thought the lady, like any other person after a break-up, had moved on. But when they uploaded Heri Tuachane video, Cindy’s parents called him to ask why he wanted to kill their daughter.
“Her mother told me that she had not left her room the whole day and it was until her younger sibling returned from school that evening that they found a suicide note by her bedside,” says Amos.
Whereas Cindy’s parents declined to talk, a family friend speaking on grounds of anonymity said that the young lady has been having emotional problems and on that day, she had locked herself in the toilet and it took Amos to persuade her on phone not to kill herself.
“You know attempting suicide is a crime according to the law and that is why her parents have used every means possible to downplay the whole issue, I don’t think Amos should be blamed for such nonsense,” says the anonymous source.
At Camp David, Bruce, Ady and the two artistes were still at crossroads, a confused Amos was too broken to think straight. Bruce states that whereas Contrast is a major project with clearly outlined timelines and interests, it was his ultimate decision to bring down the video.
“In everything that we do on earth, human life comes first; it was not an easy decision, this has caused us a lot but in life there comes a time when saving a life is more important that everything else,” explains Bruce.
“When it involves life then everything else can wait. So, we agreed that I would meet Cindy’s parents but that too was not easy; they did not want to see us at all. I had to use my connections to have a sit-down with the father at a senior government official’s house. I told him that this is all art and it had just been taken out of context.
Since then, we have tried our level best to sort out the matter with their daughter. Last week, we thought the matter had been settled and when we were just about to upload the video again, we were shocked to find out that her friend had leaked the whole story out.
Amos who had dated Cindy for three years says that she has not apologised for the inconveniences. He adds that Cindy has been battling clinical depression but refuses to get help for her condition.
The Heri Tuachane video has since been uploaded on Youtube. Here’s the link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8mqXGK4fYE