Muthoni drummer queen, well known as the organizer of Blankets and wine and for the hit single “Nai ni who” takes a shot at “artivism” (activism by the use of art) in her new song, “Kenyan Message”. In the song she expresses the suffocation of the average Kenyan, highlighting the difficulty that citizens are going through and what they suffer under the government, church officials among other influential people.
“Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head”, is one of the lines which are most powerful, found in the chorus. The lack of expression on her face throughout the video gives the impression that we are pushed to the edge and to the brink of no expression, no emotion, drowned in social media and the instant gratification it comes with it which makes us oblivious to what surrounds us. “ Na vile sisi hupendaga news, malikes, mashares, kuji-amuse”
Muthoni hits the nail on the head also pointing out that we give more attention to socialites and their activities as opposed to what is of more concern like doctors who are out of work… all this, she says makes her wonder how she hasn’t gone under in what she describes as a jungle. The use of staccato in her song only brings out the emotion more. The song was produced and recorded by Jean “Hook” Geissbuhler and Greg “GR!” Escoffey.
The video features two dancers and an actor who has a hood over his/her head and mouth sealed, concealing his/her identity. The video is both artistic and insightful. The video was done by David Baumann/Artaban TV.
With elections coming up, it is admirable that she is taking responsibility to awaken the public by use of song. Check it out below and give us your views.