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Muhogo wa Jang'ombe​/​Obongo Bless Me: New African Soundz Singles No​.​2

by Makadem

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    Kenyan entertainer and nyatiti player Makadem singing two unplugged nyatiti based songs for Dagoretti Records. Limited edition of 100 copies on Bandcamp.

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bong'o bless me, Bless me bless me Obong'o bless me,bless me Apandra e buo lowo richo ng'eeny e chunya osiko mana e buta! Awoth awotha kajuoke epiny ka to laktare runda. Ase ywaka ywaka abedo obera to onge gi ma Konya ! Awok e moon mba adonjo e kong'o ma njaga dwa nega. Seche moko richo omaka maliich agombo mana neko, Richo opong'o denda,omiyo aywagi nyakalaga obong'o yawa! (Chorus) Abet piny aywak kose achung' malo acham ng'wench ka jajuok ma yiido ! Paro opong'o wiya malichu, agana gana kaka sigana! Pile pile ka nyasaye arundra arundra e piny ka ni amanyo otongolo Athagra athaaga gi ngima ma bende adong' tangalale! Aum mama aum baba aumo ma aumra auma,piny otama wang'a nyakalaga yie ibeet decha matuomoga yawa! Translation I'm hiding under the ground with a lot of deceit always around me and in my heart I have visited traditional healers all over the world as doctors take me back and forth I have cried severally and tried being a good person but nothing helps me I stopped being a womanizer then I became a drunk to the point that weed almost killed me Sometimes am so deceitful that I just want to kill somebody I am so full of sins that's why I am crying unto you lord the almighty creator! Chorus Do I sit down and wail or do I get up and run like a sorcerer ? My mind is full of thoughts I repeatedly narrate them like tales. On each day of our lord I twist and toil on earth here in search of cash Am just suffering with life that i am left empty and desolate Should I call my mum should I call my dad, I call calls that just come back to me Life has beaten me my creator please be the granary where I fetch from!


Makadem is a cross-genre Kenyan musician, performer and thinker. Makadem has made waves worldwide through endless performing and touring for nearly three decades. Makadem offers a unique take on a variety of Kenyan musical genres including benga, ohangla, mugithi and nyatiti music earning him a reputation as a versatile and exciting Kenyan performer.

On his fledgling Dagoretti Records release, Makadem performs two staples of his live shows, the haunting "Obongo Bless Me" and the coastal traditional tune "Muhogo wa Jang'ombe" in a completely unplugged and unaccompanied fashion. Makadem represents a bridge between new and old approaches to African music, offering a traditional African soul in a raw form that modern audiences anywhere can enjoy.

We are proud to offer Makadem's music on the second of our Kenyan music singles series.

Limited edition of 100 records on Bandcamp.


released October 14, 2019

Makadem - vocals, nyatiti

Recorded in Nairobi, Kenya at Cheka Japanese Izakaya by Dr. Pete Larson

Video by Colin Crowley and Tomo Tsukahara


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