Hit or miss? Top Kenyan stars to unveil songs at Mashujaa Day event
The Permanent Presidential Music Commission (PPMC), on October 20, 2022, unveiled two songs in celebration of Kenya’s heroes during this year’s Mashujaa Day.
Sang in Swahili, English, and several local dialects, the songs were unveiled on various social media platforms as President William Samoei Ruto led Kenyans in celebrating the national holiday at the Uhuru Gardens in Lang’ata, Nairobi County.
The first song- a combination of Swahili and English- gave off reggae, bongo and a hint of Indian vibes as a host of Kenyan singers collaborated on it. The song’s beats also gave off a mixture of Amapiano, bongo, and Kenyan vibes.
The song, Sote Tuko Sawa was sung by artists Phil Kimemia, Rufftone, Zzero Sufuri, Pday Hurricane, and Mani.
The song rallies Kenyans to work together as heroes would by continuing to build the nation of Kenya to achieve greater heights.
The second song produced by PPMC was Tusonge Mbele, sung in various local dialects, including Luo, Luhya, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kikuyu, Maasai and Swahili among others.
Watch it below.
All the singers sang in their own language with the accompanying traditional beats associated with the tribes to collaborate in a mash-up calling on to forge ahead together as shujaas.
The collaborating singers were Wycliffe Oruko, Vindu Vichenjanga, Rebecca Thomas, L Sammy, Maima, DMG, and Naipasoi Tutuma.
The PPMC said it would strive to document authentic Kenyan music being practiced across all communities for purposes of future reference and re-creation.
“Kenyan music and dance has been part of our society since our forefathers generations. Lots of developments have taken place and are still taking place on our music with each generation having its own styles of performance, but retaining many ingredients of the authentic practice,” said PPMC in part.
The PPMC is a government department mandated to coordinate music and dance activities in the country. Their two Mashujaa Day music productions were received with good praise as many lauded the mix of old and new music styles of benga, fusion, and others.
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