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REAL MEDIA EXCERPTS
MATESO (arr. Joseph Muyale)
A social commentary on marital woes. Wife vows to move out, repentant husband
begs for a second chance. 2. MAINA (arr. Chris Mugoha) Proud and stately,
this initiation song prepares boys for manhood. 3.
MUSHERE MWENE (arr. Peter
Kibukosya) Africans are known for elaborate funeral rituals. In this Bantu
song, arranged in steady, unyielding rhythm, a man’s body lies in state. His
unfaithful widow must now suffer communal rebuke, the humiliation of "going
out through the back door, and not the front like everyone else!" 4.
WANAMICHEZO (arr. Boniface Mganga) Rooting for the athletes: “Lets all go
out there and cheer them!” 5. BWANA KOTE NINAKOTAZAMA (arr. Nicholas Omondi)
A paraphrase of Psalm 139… "Lord, I behold your omnipresence!" 6.
MALAIKA (arr. David Zalo) A popular Kenyan pop tune. “My angel. If only I
had money, I would marry you.” 7.
NIWARA NONO (arr. Blasto Ooko) "For
your atonement and our salvation, we sing and dance all the way to heaven."
8. BHAZO (arr. Chris Sikukuu) A South African freedom song. 9.
(arr. M. Wanyama) The fox cries out to warn villagers of a locust invasion. 10.
SELINA (arr. Arthur Kemoli) A man challenges his sweetheart's love and
honesty. 11. NGULO (arr. Boniface Mganga) A Kamba song to encourage
people on a long foot journey.12.
MSICHANA MREMBO (arr. Fred Ngala) This
quasi-pop song satirizes a girl, who despite her smashing beauty and high
education, is unable to attract a man for a husband. "What could be wrong
with her? Well, perhaps it’s her attitude…" 13.
SIKUTA (arr. David
Zalo) A social commentary on contemporary lifestyles."Forget the
scooters,show more class with motorcars!" 14.
MATESO (live reprise)