Going to prison is tough. Going to prison when you are innocent is even worse. That is the life John Shomba has had to live. His first song is a testimony to him being mistakenly thrown in prison and witnessing how bad prison is. The track is produced by Othole.
“The song is John Shomba’s cry to the World, and especially young people, that prison – more so the Kenyan ones – aint a good place to be,” Othole told Verse5ve. “The song is his way of sharing his story to everyone about what happened to him.”
Jela Ni Jeraha talks about prison life and lessons that John learnt from prison. The second verse is addressed to the judiciary as a plea to ensure there is justice and that innocent people are not convicted. He also advises the youth to keep off bad behaviour and drugs.
“A few things stood out for me,” Othole says when I ask him how it was working with John Shomba. “He knew what he wanted, he is very focussed, hardworking and teachable. This made the whole experience easy, quick and real.”
The video was shot in Industrial Area remand prison by director GK Macharia.
John Shomba is no longer in prison and a few more songs from him are coming up soon.
Watch Jela Ni Jeraha here: