Vernacular hits Remind us of where we have come from and the desire to foresee the future. This kind of music has given us to recognize who we are, and our backgrounds and life in generally. Its always exciting to enjoy every bit vernacular lyrics.
Sauti Sol – Awinja
One of the earlier Sauti Sol releases that probably got crowded out by the band’s more mainstream friendly singles, Awinja is sang in Luhya, and you can tell by the tone of voice, instrumental arrangement and visuals that it comes from a special place. Off their Sol Filosofia album, Awinja is a salutation to women who have made it happen for their kids. While most of us non-Luhyas may not understand the lyrics, the video should be enough to show how much of an appreciated effort women, regardless of their occupation, make to ensure the best for their children. Oh, did I mention Bien’s mum is called Awinja? Now you know!
Winyo – Odongo
This is a massive show of vocal prowess, and he plays the guitar too. On the upbeat love song, Winyo takes the persona of a woman who is obsessed with a man who she thinks about all day. The simplicity of the song is what is most captivating, once you locate the video that is accompanied by the lyrics in English – I sing about you as I make my tea. So simple you actually get delusions that you could write a good song yourself.
Dela – Weche Tek
This is back when she was in a genre that sounded like what Sauti Sol have been doing. And she sounded really good and in the process owned it. Weche Tek is about reminding us how life is hard everywhere and you shouldn’t just laze around waiting for things to happen. In my opinion, this is at a time when Dela was at her best, before the commercial bug bit her and Third Party Lover came along.
Fadhilee Itulya – Sherehekea
Sherehekea is what you would rightly term a wedding song. With the bulk of it sang in Swahili and English, the song is a story of how the celebration of two people coming together to be one, with the father offering some advice (in a typical Luhya accent) on how they would prefer their child be treated as they go into the new life. The vote of thanks at the last two three is all that’s in Luhya, so you no need to worry about the translation to much, but then again curiosity will play its role especialy on such a entertaining song.
Raj ft. Stella Mwangi – Obe Baba Remix
Catchy hip-hop beat! And it only makes sense that Raj brought Stella Mwangi along for the remix to Obe Baba (“Oh My!” in Kisii).
Stella Mwangi steps in first with a Kikuyu verse before handing Raj his track, who gets into some Kisii and Swahili with a flow to match the beat – and as expected he goes into his routine banana metaphor, just so you know he’s from Kisii, and is a beast not just on the beat.
Dan Aceda – An E Yo
The self-proclaimed prince of Benga treats us to his silk-smooth vocals on a love ballad where he asks his woman not to forget him or her heart tire of him because he is away.
The accompaniment, is a blend of drums, occasional shakers and a dominant guitar that carries Dan’s voice and a gentle message that serves as a reminder to the lover that he is on his way back. It is a beautiful sound, and a potential classic for the genre, probably a reason as to why King Kaka brought him on-board with the An E Yo as a hook for his similarly titled track