My boy Indiginas dropped his second single off his new album currently in the streets. During his listening party a lot of folks leaned towards this track as opposed to the track I was feeling. Eventually he endend up dropping Saa Zingine as the single from NINAVYOHISI. (am still trying to figure out who Anisa is on Saa Zingine – when the track starts he mentions Anisa!!!)
Nawapenda wo(te) is a feel good track and a timely dedication to Indiginas fans who have been with him through thick and thin. Being a diaspora artist is not the easiest thing, so its always uplifting when you see a generation of fans and friends journey with you through your musical career. The video is also Fresh blessed by Macharia (whom I love his work – He did the Camp Mulla video – Fresh All Day) Watch out for that kid he will be big soon.
I find the Nawapeda Wo(te) video especially cool because all the folks in the video are actually Indiginas friends (real talk no models lol). Its a good Bay Area video and am just happy to see familiar faces support and have fun with this music thing… SMART stuff.
Listen and download the track here:
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I really try not to get excited about new songs unless there is something extremely interesting about them. Most of my posts on Indiginaz I have to say have been subpar only because I have always felt he can do different music that appeals to a different crowd. Lets talk about this for a while if you guys can indulge me for a few sentences. *Disclamer: these are just my opinions, like many of my thoughts on this blog.
So in my opinion, most artists have to learn to evolve or mature or grow out of the music that first got them to market. I think very few artists can sit comfortably in their zone for a long time while still delivering the same music, same experience and honestly the same lyrical content. African Artists for long have enjoyed the ability to stay standardized in the same category for years without really losing market share. People like Koffi Olomide or other congolese artists tend to attract the same crowd over and over again. In fact people grow into these categories and few maybe grow out of them. But Urban music is different – I think if you look at the likes of 50Cent or any of the current rappers and see how they failed to grow with their audience musically then you start to realize how music has such a short window for success. I mean its like sports – cant live off it forever.
Anyway I digress – my argument with Indiginaz has always been his music has to evolve, grow and mature. His music has to speak to the people he grew up with. I mean Nameless is great, Hardstone was cool, Bamboo was hot, Zig Zag – shieet no one even remembers who Zig Zag was. But Indiginaz is finally keeping up with my ideals of relevancy and spirited flows when you listen to this song. Truthfully I think, this has to be his best work yet. The beat is heavy, the lyrical composition just precise and enough to deliver the right message to the right target audience. I also like the fact that he is not shy to big up his current hood (California). The diaspora market has to be recognized as a small force in itself…
Indiginaz I commend this effort and I love this track – this track will be HEAVY and BIG. I hope the video you guys are working on will complement the track. Meanwhile – that ANISA chic on the hook!!!! as much as there was some voice modification, she’s brings in a powerful hook… I just love the ngoma why lie..
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Indiginas – Saa zingine by getmziki
Each time JP has a new track I am often challenged with finding the commentary and the angle to criticize and create opinions about his music. Not this time though. I think JP aka Indiginas and crew figured going through me is a less painful approach. So this track found its legs to me through the GetMziki Network we have and similarly again I was challenged with the same situation. As much as DJ Dona was going to post this track I told him let me give it a few spins and then give it back to him to make the post.
Part of my new years resolution is to form honest opinions off a group or a panel. So as it goes I have a group of 5 to 10 people I email a song to solicit their opinions. Interestingly the feedback I got from this song when I shared it with my panel was quite positive. It’s not that I expected the commentary to be any different anyway, I think for once I actually anticipated something and the feedback returned was as expected. Especially from an artist that I felt had to change his direction in order to remain relevant. The challenge however with African/Kenyan music is that people never really follow artists or their lifestyles. As such, an artists like JP can disappear for months or years come back with a hit and still remain relevant. As Africans we are not so consumed with where Koffi Olomide slept, how many cars he has or how well he is currently doing. These physical accomplishments or changes dont seem to determine how we deem the quality of the music. So true to the fact the ten people I sent this song to, didnt even ask if Idiginas had an album, who he was or where he was from. The feedback I got from the panel at large was that its a nice mellow track. African listeners just dont follow ARTISTS as much as we’ve hoped they would be. (side note: Maybe its because of the lack of relevant information!! who knows… I mean you cant get a picture or a track list of any key artist today, very few have websites, very few have complete albums and so forth)
This track has further been blessed by super producers Maich Black and the Herbalist as well as a catchy hook by Wyre the Love Child. I think this sits well within the spectrum of what I have been talking to JP about for the past two years. I keep reiterating that he needs to make grown up music, music that his peers will relate to. We have all grown older. I feel as though many of the artists we loved when growing up need to realize they too have grown older and we need to start listening to different content. Essentially I think Nonini also will have to start curtain tailing his content to his aging audience – they/we never stay young. Thats why LL Cool J cant really rap about the same things he did 10 years ago. His dynamics have changed and so has his audience.
For me this track is mellow, its well composed, has a catchy hook and well arranged beat composition. Indiginas seems more settled and more at ease with the delivery. It gives me that element of GROWN UP I have been talking about. Anyway enjoy the track here. JP this is a good come back! loving it.
listen to U got to know here:
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I have to admit I’ve sat on this song for a few days so that I can digest it completely. JP or better known as Indiginas is a Cali native who has been involved with some heavy hitters from Kenya to the US. However its interesting when I think about his journey as an artists. This is purely one classic example of an artist who has been committed to stay true to his roots, its all about consistency – and Indiginas is one person I know still riding the Kapuka beat high.
This track production is sick (tight), you can almost feel like Ogopa is somewhere in the US churning out beats. This is a happy go lucky track, a feel good vibe for the DISCO. I however don’t like the title name of the track – PARARARERA unless Sheng imenipita I am not sure what PARARARERA means. But maybe that will catch on with time. For what its worth – with or without that hook, the “Nina leta, nina wapa, nina sema, skiza ngoma, ina bambaaa, pewa hewa” makes a good enough jingle to sell the TUNE – you almost forget the Pararera…
Kenyan American TUNES are on the come up people I keep saying it – I think I will compile a top ten Kenyan American artists list and put their songs up for voting. I also think I will compile a list of all the Kenyan-American producers coz its hightime we start show casing some of these peoples work. (even the stuff that doesnt make it to the streets).
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