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Blinky Bill’s hit ‘Bado Mapema’ the soundtrack of Wanuri’s Netflix film

Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu’s film is currently being shown on Netflix.

“Look Both Ways” is an American romantic comedy that shows the delusion of a young woman; two lives of Natalie when she is pregnant and when she is not.

In her film, a Kenyan song titled “Bado Mapema (Simama)” by Blinky Bill, is featured as a soundtrack. It plays in the part of the movie where actress Nia Long’s character dances to the tune.

You can hear Blinky’s lyrics,
“aiyaiyaiyaiyaiyai simama
bado mapema simama
anza kucheza simama
acha tusherekeee…”

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Here is a synopsis of what the Netflix romantic comedy is about.

In the reality where Natalie’s test is negative, she moves to Los Angeles with Cara, her best friend, and they look to start building their careers. Natalie applies to be an assistant to animator Lucy Galloway.

After pining for the job, she gets an offer and forms a strong bond with her colleague Jake. They encourage each other to follow their dreams, with Jake desiring to be a successful producer.

In the reality where Natalie is pregnant, she and Gabe, her friend and baby daddy, struggle to co-parent as their daughter Rosie is born. Gabe wants Natalie to move in with him, but Natalie does not reciprocate his feelings and tells him to go ahead and date other people. 

Gabe meets a woman named Miranda, with who Natalie exhibits jealous feelings. When Natalie goes on a trip to Los Angeles to visit Cara and her girlfriend, she gets a call from Rosie who says she is left overnight with Miranda’s sister. 

Natalie doesn’t trust Gabe and later finds out he proposed to Miranda. Natalie throws herself into her career as a therapeutic tool to get over Gabe.

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Wanuri famed for the ‘Rafiki’ film that tells the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya. 

The movie which was banned in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board was prohibited due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law. 

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