When Wambui Katee finally gets on the Trend, Ten over Ten, Mseto East Africa or any other interview platform what we can be sure is we shall have a different answer to the obvious question how did you start singing?
Her answer, I hope will not be as boring as the shower…church choir or even the music festival no, hers should be I started by doing covers of other songs then as time went by I could do my own music.
It was just a matter of time and we had to have this conversation of musicians doing covers, a direction not widely embraced by the East African music scene but on the world stage it is usual with proper procedures.
Listening to the lyrics, you already pick there is no nerve wrecking kind of words but the rendition of it makes it tick.
It’s a love song yes, with obvious lines like “I Need you….” Which have been heard over and over and even form titles to other love songs but lots of gratitude goes to the technical aspect of production of the song.
The melody is auspicious the producer did do lots of justice to the rhythm. The song curves its niches not because it’s a love song but because of fantastic studio work.
As you listen to the song , you’d pull back and be like is that it? I mean what about love is wambui Katee talking about or does the song capture the essence of the word MAHABUBA? Had she released this song before doing her “SUH DIFFERENT” by Patoranking will the audience still have accepted her?
MAHABUBA should just the song that introduces us to the musical prowess of Katee far from the world of covers. Her story telling technique through music, will she keep up?
Rather will she also go the usual way of people doing music that is not written but still called hit singles, when the actual truth is that they are hits that only hit the studios from where they were produced.
If you tube is something to go by then her original production should compete well with her cover in terms of views hits and likes.
Technical aspect is the video production and at this point we stop and ask, can we still notice the song or better yet would we have noticed the song were it not for the video? On a scale of one to ten I bet three.
Nice picture good location scouting and off course the editor created the perfect sequence by the magic of the simple but powerful cinematic blink editors call a cut.
However, lets give credit where its due.Big congratulations to Katee for reminding the Tanzanian cover maestro Bosco Tones. Next on line Ms. Wambui, call Michael Bundi tell him you just did an original composition and its doing well.
Not forgetting to pass accolade to Mzazi Willy M Tuva for his continuous support to upcoming artists. For this he was the executive producer.
I give her rating of 6/10.
Below is the video enjoy and let us know what you think!
I am an Opinion writer, I review East African Music and shows and an all round journalist too.
July 18, 2019