by Helvine Achieng
March 3, 2021
The song Firirinda has been a trending topic in Kenya, especially on Twitter, precisely 35 years after its release. The hit resurfaced when radio presenter Jeff Kuria shared it on his Facebook, and so far, it has taken the internet by storm.
Politicians, too, are not left behind in the trends and just recently, Muranga, Kiambu, and Nyeri county assembly used the hit to celebrate the passing of the BBI bill.
The benga musician (Dick Munyonyi) began his 1971 singing hits in his Kikuyu language with hits like; Oga Munyinyi, Biririda and Firirinda. Munyonyi rose to fame a few days ago after his song released in 1986 became the week's challenge on Tiktok.
The Firirinda song is all about the African culture of dowry, and the marriage ceremony, where it's indication is two families coming together to celebrate their loved ones. It also depicts the warmth and joy of welcoming visitors.
Dr Ezekiel Mutua, who chairs The Kenya Film Classification Board, recognizes him for his efforts and hard work. The KFCB boss has endorsed the trendy Kikuyu song Firirinda stating that it's the kind of content they advocate for bringing social media an explanation of what Firirnda entails. Firirinda is a traditional song that depicts the warmth and joy of welcoming visitors.
"FIRIRINDA (Free rinda) is the kind of content we want. It's a nice traditional song based on Kenya's culture. KFCB approves the song for consumption by people of all ages. It depicts the warmth and joy of welcoming visitors (the African way)!" reads Mutua tweet.