H_art the band is among other African artists who have contributed in longest song in the world. The song was organized by Mdundo, the ONGEA! Team and PHAT! in an effort to break the prevision record of 3:01:50. According to Guinness World Records, the longest officially released song is ‘In the Garden’ sung by US choir PC III Popular trio H_art the Band have left many impressed, not only in Kenya but worldwide, after setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest song to officially be released at 4 hours:04 minutes:02 seconds.
The song was organized by Mdundo, the ONGEA team and PHAT! at the at the ONGEA Music Summit in Nairobi in February this year. It was released through digital platforms iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify and Google Play. The song titled ‘One People’ involved a total of 242 aspiring musicians, upcoming artists and established acts like H_Art the Band, Winyo, Nina Ogot, Phy Ng’etich and Chris Adwar.
Munyakazi Deo and Angel Mutoni from Rwanda, Jeff Mduma from Tanzania, Macase Band from Cameroon and Lambson from Tanzania also participated. Artville Studios set up a makeshift studio on location at the ONGEA Music Summit, and a great turnout of 151 musicians managed to get their time in studio.
“It’s a thing of beauty that we managed to do by recording a 4:04:02 long song with a great message. This is one for the history books,” Shyqo Koinange, Head of Music at Mdundo said.
The previous record stood at 3:01:50. According to Guinness World Records, the longest officially released song is ‘In the Garden’ sung by US choir PC III.
The song has been officially released on Mdundo as ‘One People’ but is on the platform however for non-commercial use and therefore will not earn royalties.