In Summary

  • Social media brought them together through Nonini’s ‘One Day’ song challenge.
  • Mtemi had worked on the remix before he sent Nonini who loved it.

Fast rising singer and rapper, Mtemi Afrika has revealed how he met pioneer genge star, Nonini for the Keroro remix.

Mtemi made the revelation during an interview with Majimaji and DJ Katta on Ghetto Radio’s breakfast show ‘brekko’.

According to Mtemi, he teamed up with Nonini through social media during the latter’s ‘One Day’ song challenge.

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He was one of the participants who dazzled from Nonini’s challenge emerging the best.

Mtemi also revealed being one of the rappers who took part in the Khaligraph’s led Odinare Challenge.

Thereafter, he shot Nonini a direct message (DM) and they began conversing.

“Mara ya kwanza nili contact Nonini kuna time alikuwa ametoa hii ngoma yake ya ‘One Day’ ilikuwa reggae…So ile kuipush push ikafika point flani akatoa challenge, ilikuwa ni riddim sasa watu wanatumia hiyo beat unaandika ngoma ya reggae so pale mimi unajua hizi ma challenge huwa napita nazi mbaya sana ata ile ya Odinare Challenge nilikuwanga nikapiga 10k yangu pale nakumbuka nilikuwanga among the only three winners from the coast…Hii challenge ya Nonini nikapita nayo ika happen kwamba mimi ndio nilikuwa wa kwanza, after hiyo challenge sasa ndio tulijuana apo ndio nilim dm sasa” he explained.

Why I Chose The Song ‘Keroro’

Mtemi further disclosed that being a keen follower of Kenyan urban classical hits, he fell in love with Keroro’s beat.

He was able to catch up with Nonini’s background and genge’s history through his podcast’s RNN(Rhymes Na Nonini) & CTA.

As he continued digging for Kenya’s musical history and so did the urge to remix ‘Keroro’ grew.

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He later swore to himself to redo the song in future.

“Kuna tu venye hii beat ya Keroro huwanga imenimaliza tangu kitambo, huyo beat inakuwanga tu deadly sana, kuna hii time Nonini alikuwa anaruningi hizi ma podcast CTA alafu ikaja RNN sijui unakumbuka …So unajua mi napenda history especially history inanihusu so nilikuwa nacheki pale history ya industry ya Kenya naona vile hawa majamaa walibuild, penye walianza from scratch kuna kitu sasa ilikuwa inanibamba nikaanza kuskiza zile ma classics sasa hizo ma ngoma zenu sahio nikajipata tu keroro kuna venye mi huirudia nikawa nasema hii beat manze lazima nitafanyia kitu” he narrated.

Again it wasn’t a walk in the park in getting the beat to Nonini’s song ‘Keroro”.

Mtemi had to source for a music producer to come up with the beat after failing to source it online.

Metro, a producer who works with Breeder LW did the magic and they recorded the song.

He later sent Nonini who’s based in the US and he loved it.

“Noma ni kuitafuta You Tube haiko unajua Nonini naye anajua kuficha vitu zake so nikaitafuta sikuipata so nikashtua Metro…anakuwanga Tuff Clan studio ya Breeder nikamwambia ‘niaje bana nimakie hii beat kuna kitu nataka kuifanyia akasema safi, akatengeneza beat mi nikaandika ngoma nika record demo nikashtua mgenge sasa niaje hebu skia hii, tuma email nikutumie akaskia akabambika nayo sana” he explained.

Keroro’s Storyline

Keroro’s storyline delves on partying with alcohol coming in plenty.

The term Keroro itself refers to ‘Alcohol’ in sheng spoken in urban areas.

The original song was released 20 years ago and is still fresh to date.

In the new song, Mtemi brings out a new life through his singing, the video is also well shot.

From the video models, the costumes to the dramatizers everything looks superb.

Released two weeks ago, it has already amassed 194k views on You Tube and still counting.

Based at Voi in Taita Taveta County, Mtemi is looking forward to dropping an Ep Album dubbed ‘Roguematic’.

It will consist of 6 songs spelling out Mtemi’s versatility from Rhumba, Genge and Reggae among others.

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