Matata- Mapema


This is another record from the ever amazing group Matata with “Mapema”.     

“Mapema” is a Swahili word that means “early “. “Mapema very fast” is a Sheng/ slang (Swahili-english) idiom that was popularized by Kenyan vintage stylist Diman Mkare, and is a phrase that is popular among the youths. The phrase “Mapema very fast”, can be used in many ways. It can be used to express a feeling of happiness , fulfilment , disbelief & affirmation. The term can also be used to give instructions or command.                           In its daily usage the meaning of the phrase can adapt to any of the mentioned meanings depending on the context and the situation. As a way of celebrating Kenyan urban culture and telling Kenyan stories through Music and Dance, MATATA created this song to appreciate Sheng ,which even though is not an official language it’s widely spoken, especially by the youth.


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