5 Songs That Prove Harmonize Wrong in Calling for Abandoning of Swahili Lyrics
18 February 2021
[Photo Credit: News of Africa]
By Paul A.
Over the past week, Konde Worldwide boss Harmonize has been a subject of debate after he urged Bongo musicians to abandon Swahili lyrics in their music in favour of English.
According to Harmonize, using English will give bongo musicians more reach globally. However, Harmonize's hypothesis is disputable since we have some Swahili bongo songs that have done well internationally.
This article looks at five Swahili bongo songs that prove music has no boundaries:
Jeje - Diamond Platnumz
This is Diamond's last solo project. Released in early 2020, the song attracted interest from American producer Swizz Beatz. Notably, most people vibed to the Afro-beat jam. From the video, it was easy to follow the storyline regardless of your language.
TeAmo - Rayvanny ft Maricoa
The song's title is in Spanish, but the lyrics are primarily in Swahili, while Maricoa brings in Portuguese. To understand the content of this song, you don't have to understand Swahili or Portuguese. The rhythm alongside the video is a direct indication that it is a love song, something we all relate to.
Mwana - Alikiba
This is a dance song. Although the lyrics are in Swahili, anybody can dance to this song without caring about the content. Notably, the video adds to the dance vibe.
Tetema - Rayvanny ft Diamond Platnumz
The success of this song internationally is exhibited by the several remixes produced. This dance track attracted Patoranking and Zlatan on the remix which also received massive success.
Iokote - Maua Sama ft Hanstone
This song is all about talent and quality. Maua Sama's vocals stood out, showing her talent to the world. The song's flow can get anyone hooked from the start to the end.