Take your pens: Time ya kukachora

There are many things you can escape in life but communication is one of the few you can never get way from. Whether it’s verbal or non-verbal, you still communicate. When you skim through this post and don’t go through every single word; that’s communication. If you haven’t been living under a rock or haven’t been too pre-occupied with the number of times a socialite tried to stay relevant; you must have heard of the term kukachora. It basically loosely translates to planning. I’m almost sure you haven’t taken your time to google anything about the trend but I’ve done most of that for you.

Kukachora is a mini series with different protagonists. The first protagonist is the cradle of Genge, Juacali. Technically, Juacali is not a hip hop artist as much as he curtain raised for the Game when he was the don of hip hop. He sets of with his mellow flow and a traditional genge beat.

He has never set himself apart as the most lyrical artist but his simple wordplay and consistent flow is what makes us bob our heads year in year out. What he communicates in the track is the way music changed his life, what he’s currently doing and what he plans on achieving in the future. It wouldn’t be a true Juacali anthem without two phrases, “Ehhhh!” and “Watuu!”.

Juacali’s former label mate, Nonini teams up with the ever talented Chege for the second Kukachora track. He sets off immediately by letting you know what the track is about and Chege steps in with that flow that made you go to Moro and never go back to Dar. Like Juacali, he let’s you know what makes Nonini.

If there’s an artist who takes pride in Nairobi, it has to be Nonini and he doesn’t disappoint. The second verse is more lyrical and he touches on his start from birth, his career and where he is. The last verse should be recited in all schools because it emphasizes on development of talent and mentorship in community. He finishes off by sharing a mantra, do good to people without expecting anything in return.

The last track is by the Kings Khali, Rabbit and Lord Kristoff. I can’t stress how much justice they did to the hook. Whoever did it can now rank himself as high as K-rupt in matters hooks. Rabbit and Khali didn’t disappoint either letting us in on why they are kachoraing. We’ve got Trust to thank for bringing this creativity to fruition.

All the tracks were exceptionally done and the best thing about it is that they all had a positive message to communicate. I won’t rush to thinking that the Kenyan music industry is on an upward tangent but I’m satisfied by what these artists put out.

Here are the audio links.


Ted Pot.

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