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Exclusive: Gospel singer behind blasphemous song ‘Yesu Ninyandue’ speaks

Eldoret-based Gospel singer William Getumbe has sparked controversy with his new song ‘Yesu Ninyandue’.

The song has upset Kenyans who feel it is blasphemous and a mockery of Christianity.

“Yesu ninyandue, yesu ninyandue, nipate mimba ya imani,” goes part of the lyrics which we will not translate because of the level of vulgarity.

“Umekubali kunyanduliwa mimi ni bikira kama Mariamu, ulimnyandua hata maji ya uzima, hata mimi baba ninyandue, niingize forever, baraka forever. Yesu ninyandue ingia ndani,” he sings along.

In an interview with Nairobi News, Getumbe responded to critics of his latest song, asserting that those passing judgment on his work lack righteousness themselves.

Addressing the interpretation of his song, Getumbe explained, “Nyandua has many meanings. It is slang, but Kenyans have sexualised its connotation. Music often employs indirect language as a form of creativity. In my song, I was petitioning God for elevation. Even Jesus, in his teachings, didn’t reveal everything openly.”

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He further criticised fellow Christians, alleging that many indulge in watching pornography despite condemning his music.

“If they deem my song inappropriate, why do they engage in such activities? Why do they contribute to the popularity of secular artists like Diamond? It’s ironic that these same Christians fail to support gospel musicians,” he lamented.

Despite facing backlash, Getumbe remains unfazed, acknowledging the predominantly Christian demographic in Kenya.

“I know Kenyans are not happy about my song and it has elicited various reactions. You expect different reactions from people. Insults have been plentiful, but I’m not affected by them. Kenya is 80% Christian, so if they disagree with my song, then there’s no need for insults,” he remarked.

Regarding the possibility of performing his song in church, Getumbe expressed openness to the idea if invited. He emphasised his extensive musical career, citing six albums preceding his latest release.

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The audio of “Yesu Ninyandue” on his YouTube channel has garnered significant attention, amassing 14k views since its premiere on February 12. It is rated 18 years and over due to its salacious content.

Here are the reactions of viewers on YouTube: