‘Sijataja Kenya’ – Tanzanian rapper Nay Wa Mitego responds after rattling Kenyans

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 31 Jan, 2024 18:29 | 4 mins read
Nay Wa Mitego. PHOTO/Instagram (@naytrueboytz)

Tanzanian rapper Emmanuel Elibariki aka Nay Wa Mitego ruffled some people's feathers after he made a veiled attack on Kenya.

Without mentioning names, the Bongo rapper attacked a certain country whose description has all the hallmarks of Kenya.

In his song 'Wapi Huko', Nay Wa Mitego criticized the country's poor leadership which he blamed for corruption, hunger and lack of employment opportunities for its youth.

However, in a statement on January 30, 2024, the Bongo rapper clarified that he did not mention any specific country in his song after some Kenyans went after him in the comment section on YouTube.

"Wimba wangu mpya 'Wapi Huko' sijataja jina la nchi yoyote but jirani zetu Kenya naona wameamua kuuchua huu wimbo na kusema ni wao yani nimewaimba wao kufatana hali ya maisha ya nchi yao. Kwa asilimia 90 naona comments nyingi sana za Wakenya tangu jana mpaka ivi sasa pale YouTube na kwenye page za media na wadau kadhaa nchini Kenya," Nay Wa Mitego said.

The Tanzanian rapper further invited suggestions from Kenyans about why they think his song targeted the country.

"Ebu Niambie Leo Wewe Unadhani Naizungumzia Nchi Gani.?! Tumalize Utata… Kama Ni Mkenya Sema Na Unipe Fact Kadhaa Kwa Huu Wimbo Umeimba Yangu, Na Kwa Watanzania Pia Ni Ivyo Kama Unaosema Ni Tanzania Nipe Fact Zako Kadhaa, Na Congo Pia Vile Vile… Nasoma Comments Zote Haya Twende……" Nay said.

The song

Nay Wa Mitego's song premiered on YouTube on January 25, 2024.

In his song, the Tanzanian rapper noted that the anonymous country looks prosperous in the eyes of the rest of the world while its citizens are really suffering.

He observed that the country's youth are languishing in poverty and its girls are now more into money than love (note the recent murders in short-stay apartments where the victims were enticed by money by their killers).

Nay Wa Mitego also noted that young men in the unnamed country are into sugar mummies while many others are just betting as a form of employment.

He said that people in that country speak fluent English and brag that their nation is superior to their neighbours, yet they have been grappling with power outages of late.

Below are the full lyrics for the song and the video.

Raisi! The street president

Oya niaje wanangu mlinimiss?

Nilisafiri kidogo ughaibuini

Aaah uarabuni eeh

Ah ni ughaibuni

Nipo serious ebu punguza ukatuni

Huko nilipotoka bwana ni cha kipekee

Vyakula bei juu, ila pombe ndo bei chee

Hio nchi bwana uchumi wao ni tafrani

Muda wa kazi umeme haupatikani

Soka lao limechanganywa na siasa limechoka

Mashabiki sasa ndo wajuaji kuliko kocha

Ni rahisi kupata ngono kuliko chakula

Kuna wasomi wengi hakuna ajira wanazurura

Hio nchi bana kuna watu maarufu

Mastaa kuna wa kike na wa kiume

Mastaa wa kike sura nzuri tabia ni paka shume

Asilimia tisini kazi yao wanajiuza

Mastaa wa kiume ni waongo wewe

Wabongo wakasome

Fake life mitandaoni wanaishi kifalme

Na huko ni matajiri wanaishi kifahari

Maisha yao hao halisi, wana njaa kali

Tembea uone watu wako serios

Kuna madem huko wapo very fast

Unamtongoza leo na gesi inaisha leo

Kabla hujakaa vizuri na kodi imeisha leo

Mara ooh baby mchezo mwenzio sijalipa leo

Hio nchi nimeona mengi na yote nitasema leo

Bora sisi tuna afadhali kuliko wao

Aah wee! Wapi huko?

Wananchi hawasikilizwi wanalia na Mungu wao

Aah wee! Wapi huko?

Uchawa na kubeti kwa vijana huko ndo ajira yao

Aah wee! Wapi huko?

Masingle mother kibao

Utadhani labda ndio mila zao

Hio nchi bana ina vituko vingi

Wazee wa busara ndo wanatembea na mabinti

Vijana nao wanalelewa na mashangazi

Ganda la ndizi hawataki kufanya kazi

Kuna mabinti wasomi na wanategemea uchi

Hapendwi mtu huko linapendwa pochi

Wasanii wote ni chawa wa serikali

Kasoro mmoja tu nae anapigwa vita vikali

Kila siku polisi kisa kusemea wananchi

Sikufichi hio nchi hutoboi bila ubishi

Wananchi wanalalamika naye Rais analalamika

Wote mwizi wanamjua ila wanaogopa kumshika

Hio nchi, mi naiita nchi ya utata

Elimu yao ni utata

Ukiwa na elimu kupata kazi ni utata

Aah, kupata kazi connection

Na kuipata connection ni utata

Viongozi wao matajiri utata

Ila mlo mmoja kwa wananchi ni utata

Gharama za maisha ni utata

Ila nauli zao ni zaidi ya utata

Huko dollar inauzwa ila kuipata ni utata

Tembea uone watu wako serios

Kuna madem huko wapo very fast

Unamtongoza leo na gesi inaisha leo

Kabla hujakaa vizuri na kodi imeisha leo

Mara ooh baby mchezo mwenzio sijalipa leo

Hio nchi nimeona mengi na yote nitasema leo

Bora sisi tuna afadhali kuliko wao

Aah wee! Wapi huko?

Wananchi hawasikilizwi wanalia na Mungu wao

Aah wee! Wapi huko?

Uchawa na kubeti kwa vijana huko ndo ajira yao

Aah wee! Wapi huko?

Masingle mother kibao

Utadhani labda ndio mila zao

Controversies

Nay Wa Mitego is a very controversial musician even in his home country Tanzania.

He has had multiple brushes with authorities in his native nation for speaking the truth to power.

In November 2022, Nay went underground after dropping the song ‘Sauti Ya Watu’ which criticizes the government of President Samia Suluhu.

In the song, Nay makes a strong attack on the government of President Suluhu even though he starts by apologizing to her because he knows he would offend her in the message in the song.

The rapper was in September 2023 banned from performing in Tanzania due to another song ‘Amkeni’ which is critical of the government.

The musician's lawyer Jebra Kambole in an interview with BBC said the rapper had been gagged by BASATA (Baraza la Sanaa Tanzania).

Moja kuna kinachoendelea BASATA na kituo cha Polisi Kati Dar es Salaam. BASATA wana malalamiko wakisema wimbo alioutunga (Amkeni) unaonekana una maneno ya uchochezi, lakini sio hilo tu, wameufungia wimbo wenyewe na wamemkataza kufanya matamasha kwenye maeneo mbalimbali ndani ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania,” Kambole said.

Kinachoendelea Polisi ni kwamba jana aliitwa akipewa tuhuma kuhusiana na wimbo huo huo (Amkeni), ambao unaonekana una mashairi ambayo wao wanadhani kwamba ni ya uchochezi, tulitoa maelezo ya kwanini tunaona kwamba sio ya uchochezi na tukawaachia Polisi wafanye kazi yao,” he added.

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