I had the unfortunate position of being tuned in to Maina and King’ang’i yesterday morning (I have nothing against the duo but the nonsense they spew and entertain) and I didn’t think my morning could get any more superficially worse. How wrong I was.
Have you noticed how some seasoned musicians from the 90s are now [trying to] make a comeback? Nameless has tried at maintaining consistency, Mr. Lenny’s return back in 2014, Redsan who will be launching an album mid next month and now, the ‘Beast from the East’ aka Bigpin.
Aw, the joys of refreshing a career!
Anyway, as with any comeback, there is bound to be at-least one ungodly mess. The unfortunate honour today goes to Ginene – punctuated by pitiful chronicles that are supposed to land Bigpin back into traction. In my thinking [admittedly to his long hiatus] he must have been asking around if people knew him and to his dismay, not many did. Thus, the iffy phrase “if you don’t know me Google me” is a lot repeated. Alas!
The song is a whole crap-ton of “my house, my car, my account, my wallet, my girls” etc all being ginene, which I suppose means they are as big as he is. Imagine also going on & on about how dramatic a man can be who does not own a 50″ TV or how educated a man can be who does not have a PhD. In my highly unprofessional opinion, Ginene’s lyrics are as unimaginative as Bigpin’s strategy to make a resurgence – I can’t get past the utter peripheral flop that is his comeback.
Listen, I’d love to delve into the single’s hits and misses, but in all honestly, it is such a snore-fest that I haven’t even the energy to write about its below averageness any longer. Which led me to thinking, not many mainstream Kenyan musicians have morphed into anything good. Even with the commercialization of music, I suppose that an upturn should have substance and, better still, that the musician’s art should have come of age.