What was that Kenyans were looking for a while ago? A Kenyan identity, some sought of signature. Well, you just found it and it was below our noses the whole time. Sarah Chihanga better yet known as SerahSarah merges her coastal roots with some urban funk to give you an all time groove KAYUMBET.
Loosely translated, kayumbet means to go wild and you should probably watch the video to get the exact meaning. The video depicts a Traditional African set up with grass thatched houses and even a village chief. The colour and pomp the traditional attire illuminates gives a bright light to life.
True to herself, her coastal influence is undeniable and the marrying of Kiswahili and English lyrics births an art so beautiful to the ear. It is one of those songs, yes, where you can’t help but move. Watch it and judge for yourself, the well built silk skin dancers could also give you a reason to press replay.
Now Serah resides in Dubai where she had gone with her former band for a one year contract. When that was over, she went Kayumbetically musical to pursue writing, recording and performing her original music.
She spent a considerable amount of her lifetime singing in bands as an in-house performer. If only we got to know her earlier. Serah’s first single Dance with Me broke through giving us a fusion of African and Western pop; Nigeria’s megastar Ice Price makes an appearance in this one.
If you missed that one, you definitely wouldn’t have passed Cheza Kidogo featuring rising stars Dazzlah. This song received lots of hugs and kisses. It captured rich elements of the Swahili culture and the coastal musicality was definitely bae; produced and directed by some of the best Kenyan artists.
SerahSarah is not exactly new, the young vibrant soul has shared the stage with some of the biggest names; Sauti Sol, Dbanj, Micasa just to mention a few spanning wide across the continent. She is young, talented and definitely unstoppable.