Samba Mapangala releases new song for Kenya election
- Samba Mapangala releases new song for Kenya election
For immediate release Oct. 2, 2012
In anticipation of Kenya's national election in March 2013, East
Africa's most-beloved singer Samba Mapangala has recorded "Chagua
Chagua" (Vote in Peace), an important new song that encourages people to
choose their leaders wisely.
Echoing the call by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and
others for a fair democratic process free of fraud and violence, Samba
reminds Kenyan citizens that a peaceful country will succeed
economically in the future to the benefit of all, and can set an example
for other African nations to follow.
Samba Mapangala is renowned in East Africa for his many songs that
counsel, teach and warn people to consider the consequences of their
actions. The idea for "Chagua Chagua" was suggested by a Virunga fan in
Kenya who asked him to compose a "message song" for the upcoming
elections, saying Samba should encourage all citizens to register and to
vote, and not to sell their voter's cards: "With your music, you can
save the country because in Kenya everybody listens to your music."
Samba took the suggestion to heart and created a lively soukous track
that delivers the message to his audiences all over the world, stating:
"I was happy to contribute to the country that I love, people that I
love. Kenya is my home. I grew up there. I want to advise people to vote
in peace. The violence that happened in 2007 must not happen again. I
know people will listen and stand together. I'm doing my part and I call
on all Kenyans to do their part for the good of the nation--all Kenyans,
at home and abroad." Although composed with Kenya in mind, "Chagua
Chagua" has universal implications for all nations facing the challenge
of democratic elections.
The unique video clip for "Chagua Chagua" was created by Maddo (Paul
Kelemba), the groundbreaking editorial cartoonist for Kenya's The
Standard newspaper. His widely popular comic strip "It's a Madd Madd
World," which has run weekly for 23 years, comments on political and
social life with humorous but informative anecdotes.
Chagua Chagua was recorded in Arlington, Virgina and Paris, France, with
John Bashengezi on guitars, bass and chorus, and Komba Bellow Mafwala on
drums and percussion. It is available as a free download and streaming
on the Web at Soundcloud
<http://soundcloud.com/virungamgmt/chagua-remix-8-15-12> (MP3 and WAV
formats), and posted on YouTube http://youtu.be/4Wa4W-dBmW0
<http://youtu.be/4Wa4W-dBmW0> . Copies of the song and video for airplay
are available by request to credentialed media outlets.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]