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EXCLUSIVE: TikTok hit song Sasa Hivi is based on a true story – Vijana Barubaru reveal

By Wangu Kanuri November 11th, 2022 2 min read

Tiktok sensations Tuku Kantu and Mwana wa Wambui (Vijana Barubaru), composers of the hit song ‘Sasa Hivi‘ say that the song is a true story inspired by the latter’s relationship with his girlfriend.

Having dedicated Tuesdays for songwriting, the duo met and brainstormed about which song to write.

“We were both in good moods and we wanted to do a feel good song as we enjoy the moment while it lasted but Tutu said we change the topic to ladies, and changing we did,” Mwana wa Wambui says.

Adding that the song and all other compositions were informed by their true story, Mwana wa Wambui shares, “We have this style of writing in which we write the first stanza test and listen. So from the first stanza, she could not tell it was about her.

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Vijana Barubaru.
Vijana Barubaru. PHOTO| COURTESY

The second one, there were those specific parts that automatically she knew the song was about her, for instance, sipendi your favorite artiste but nakupenda nitacompromise. Listening to the song, she loved it and even cried.”

Sharing that they never thought the song would be a hit when they were doing it, Tuku says that an intimate meeting just at the nick of time made them not give up on their talent and invest more into it.

“We created a TikTok account and our first video garnered 100,000 views. This was big for us. The second one got 1m and it dawned on us that this was doable.”

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What captivates them about the song is that people received it with open arms and kept sharing it till it became a hit.

“It started hitting us when influencers started dancing to it. It made us take a seat and listen to what we did so much so that it attracted all those views.”

The two met at an audition in Kikuyu, and although they were part of different music groups, they then formed a bond in 2016 thanks to living a stone’s throw away in Mathare.

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This would begin their friendship and collaboration to form their group as Vijana Barubaru.

“Our goals were aligning, and that’s how we started off,” Mwana wa Wambui shares, and though they never went to a music school, school of life has taught them how to get it done.

The duo says they produced their first song in 2018, High School Affair and Barbie, and have written, recorded, and released three songs. “We have an extended play (EP) dubbed Proven and has five tracks which we released last year, a single called Urembo ni Bonus and now Sasa Hivi.”

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