One day as I was scrolling through YouTube, I saw a group of men dancing very vigorously. I had to turn up the volume and listen to the jam because in all honesty, the clarity of the video, the choreography of the dances and the energy that the group had was massive.
I knew that I had to practice those moves. Mare mare is the title of the song. It currently has 4.2 million views on YouTube.
You will all agree with me that this was and is still a hit song. The great minds that conceptualized this song, Matata, were interviewed by Caroline Mukami from Ghafla and they had a lot to share about their journey.
The musical group based in Norway, consists of 5 members; Marcus Ojiambo, Ken Kimathi, Richie Mathu, Freddy Milanya and Festus Mwenda.
One of the things that I love about them is the fact that they still speak fluently in both their vernacular language and in Swahili. I am sure we all have friends or know of people who go overseas and even before they land at their destination, they already have an accent from there.
The Denge hitmakers have blessed us with songs meant for different occasions. Kata is for birthday celebrations while Ruracio is sang during a feast where the groom to be is supposed to pay dowry to the bride’s family.
Matata is however planning to perform here in Kenya very soon as they spread their Gengetone love. They also promised that they have a lot in store in for us and as you all know, this group never disappoints. Their creativity and moves will just keep your eyes glued to the screen.
Watch the full interview below.
Interviewer and Content Developer.
November 11, 2022
August 1, 2022