George is one of the most Talented young people in Kibera,when I met him for the first time he looked very interesting; huge body , shaggy hair , destroyed teeth with black marks , all his dresses seemed to be smaller than his size , talking much and creating funny jokes, always in the company of ladies taking selfie photos with them, he is quit a character to interact with.
That Day I was supposed to record some scenes for our “Annual Kibera Sports and Arts Awards 2018 Initiative”. A short film highlighting factors that are making young people to engage in criminal activities in Kibera and other informal settlements in Nairobi ; following my request for the cast to search for a location I ended up in the hands of this George Guy…
It had rained the previous night and Kibera was soaking wet with red mud soil; my shoes which were white and sparkling clean turned to red the moment I had set my feet in Kibera. There were streams of dirty water pushing heaps of plastic bags that reduced my walking to leap, skip , hop , step and jump.
The corridors leading to Georges house was not isolate from it, as my interest was growing about seeing George’s house we stopped made a sharp turn in a kind of a shark house and George said you can just enter inside with your shoes..eeh!
In the opposite side there was a stream of stagnant dirty water and human fierce leaving a bad smell in the air the “Kibera Scent” I heard them call it that way.
We were kind enough and removed our shoes before entering the house; the house was half empty without a bed , Kerosene cooking stove , two fragile stools and old advertisement banners on the floor serving as floor carpet that only the devil knows where George had solicited them from.
Without wasting any time we did a quick introduction of ourselves and I explained to George the purpose and objective of using his shark house for our recording something which he took very positively.
We rolled out our sleeves and got to work, after recording two scenes outside one of the cast members told me to go take tea that George was offering us , there was bread and chapatis, some of my cast members were already drinking and eating , inside my mind I was struggling with my thoughts wondering where George works, how does he earn a living , why is he living in such a pathetic condition? How much does he pay for rent.He had no electricity saying it was cut few weeks ago due to his failure of paying the broker who had installed it. Where did he get money for chapatis, bread , sugar and tea??? This kind of things.
I took my tea very first then called George outside to know more about him , he told me that he was born in Kibera but din’t want to talk much about the family since he has no connection at all with them.
Interestingly, he told me that he is proud of what he is and of what he can do, he is a talented young man practicing music singing both hip-hop rap , playing traditional drums , base guitar and many others instruments and that he normally attends rehearsals with a local group in the neighborhood ; he his talented that the world need to listen to his music , I asked him to throw me free style rap on issues affecting him like many other young people in Kibera and he did it with ease as if he had rehearsed to do it for me.
He is committed to struggle with his God-given talent other than holding a gun and indulging into crime and criminal activities like many of his age mates in Kibera of whom he has seen being killed by mob justice and some by police.
Words Lyrics of George’s free style Rap yet to be recorded and used as sound track of a short film in the ” Annual Kibera Sports & Arts Awards 2018″. Initiative.
“Si complain again, because I am not new kwa game. Kw
a hii game wamecome juu ya fame ;mali na madem ; but nacome tu ka rally , ndio na sign out mimi sioni nikirudi ; nikiback nitaingia bila hodi,sina job na mimi sifilisiki juu ninamziki kwa damu; ma haters sitingisiki; nitarusha miziki kama mikiki ; Nas
ema mistari wanasema mimi sifiki. Silazima ucock gun ndio life isonge..chagua muziki sio Gun..yeah
“I am not complaining again, because I am not new in the game,
“In this game they have come for Fame, wealth and women , but I am coming like a rally ,Yes I am signing out and don’t think of coming back ;I will enter without knocking , I don’t have a job but not getting broke since I’ve got music in my blood, Haters i am not shaken , I will throw music like kicks , I say lines they say say I won’t reach,it’s not a must you cock a gun for your life to change;Choose strike music and don’t hold guns..yeah
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