On the heels of his highly rated self-produced 2018 international debut album, Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales, Supertalented Kenyan singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Blinky Bill gives “Mungu Halali” the visual treatment with a tour around Nairobi.
Blinky Bill has a knack for song design. He weaves sounds together with such effortless cool; his tracks feel predestined. It’s as if the young MC was gifted these tunes from high above. Of course, that isn’t true. Blinky Bill put his soul into his songs and the world is better for it. Every track is a swirling, living, breathing mix of talent and hard work, stitched together by a young man born and raised in Nairobi.
In Mungu Halali, Bill takes us on a tour of Nairobi. While singing the track, viewers visit barbershops, record stores, Bill’s home, and even a disco. But it isn’t the visuals that make this a great flick; it’s the music. Without meaning to, without even trying, you’ll notice your foot or fingers drumming along to the beat.
Many of you will likely sway in your seat while watching Bill break it down on the dance floor. Truthfully, it’s amazing. Mungu Halali is Swahili for God does not Sleep. It is the perfect soul lifter and a declaration of gratitude.
Blinky says, “If you’re going through a hard time or have been over the past, this is your song of encouragement. I felt like I wanted to do something like that.”
From the cool soulful fusion of jazz and funk to marshaling Sage, Sarah Mitaru, Wambura Mitaru and Lisa Oduor Noah—his friends in music and Kenya’s top power vocalists – this is Blinky at his best.
Speaking ahead of the release on how personal this is, Blinky says, “A lot of things in my life inspired Mungu Halali. Like the times when you feel you are not really going to make it and then somehow you pull through. It’s a song of thanksgiving. I have just seen the hand of the good Lord in my life even when I thought that I didn’t deserve that shot.”
He adds that the song was partly inspired by his mother. “She is the most prayerful person in our family and she reminds us to be thankful, grateful and spread the joy and be a light in this world every day.”
On producing Mungu Halali, Blinky describes his soulful collaborators as “Some of the best singers in Kenya,” adding, “I wanted to get the contrast between the song’s upbeat tempo, my voice and their voices, and they came through.”
If Mungu Halali is your first foray into the art and skill that is Blinky Bill, go ahead and give Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales a spin.
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