Vijana Barubaru is the newest boy band in Kenya from Mathare slums- Nairobi made up of Spikes Mshairi, a rapper with a great influence of poetry and Tuku Kantu who is a seasoned vocalist and a songwriter.
Unlike most new and young musical groups/artistes that resort to writing trendy feel-good music in order to easily break the market, they chose something deeper and different – they write about life.
The inspiration behind their catchy and touchy lyrics comes from the tough ghetto environment they grew up in, with some of their peers never getting to see adulthood due to extreme poverty, insecurity, joblessness which in turn leads many young people into crime, drugs and inappropriate sexual behavior.
The group was formed two years ago. The members have been great friends ever since. Their genre of music is Afro-pop with an influence of rap and poetry. They believe in using their African heritage and style of music to inspire and develop their artistry.
The 2018 winners of Dj Pinye’s Dreams 2 Beats – Vijana Barubaru present you their new music video itled ‘Urembo Ni Bonus’. Watch ‘Urembo Ni Bonus’ video below;
This song was inspired by the sad reality in our society about how some girls and women are shamed, stigmatised and rejected for the different skin, bodies, and conditions that they have.
“This truth broke our hearts, to say the least, and we feel very strongly that we have a say in this matter. We feel that it is our responsibility as artists and as people who understand that beauty is not all there is to a woman to enlighten people about this issue. We realize that we need to create awareness about it.” they explained the roots of ‘Urembo ni bonus’.
‘Urembo ni Bonus’ was produced by an American Music Producer and Singer/songwriter and Composer David Hunter.
It was shot by a South Sudanese Film Director Chol Jurkuch and Co-directed by Vijana barubaru. The Executive Director was the Kenyan renowned DJ and Music activist Peter Chuani best known as DJ Pinye. The record says it all.