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September 23, 2018

Meet Jey, the journalist who is also a psalmist

Jeckonia Otieno: "I just want something the both my mother and my children can listen to even ten or 50 years from now and when you listen to my music, you will agree with me."
Jeckonia Otieno: "I just want something the both my mother and my children can listen to even ten or 50 years from now and when you listen to my music, you will agree with me."

Many times journalists are viewed with suspicion due to the kind of stories they publish in the course of their work.

However, one journalist could dispel this belief by showing that scribes too have a spiritual life, aside from the pressures of the newsroom.

How about using music to spread the word of God as Jeckonia Otieno is doing? And just what does it mean to be a scribe and a psalmist at the same time?

In his single titled Ninaimba, Jey as he is referred to artistically, has sought to dispel the notion that gospel music has to be sensational and suggestive in order to create a wave or catch the youth.

Jey – a journalist with the Standard Group - says that good, timeless music that will bring people closer to God is the way to go in a world where so many people are seeking consolation and a way forward in life.

Employing rhumba style with simple yet moving beats, Jey, Nsanda and Ovi seem to redefine gospel music by infusing simplicity to an age old music genre mostly associated with the Congolese.

But what would you expect when you have Nsanda (Jerome), a Congolese living in Kenya with his Lingala section, "Tika nayembela Nzambe Yesu Masia, andimi kokufa mpo na nga e kulusu..." (Let me sing to my Lord Jesus Christ. He accepted to die for me on the cross…).

Ovi (Jacob), on the other hand, is a Tanzanian from Arusha whose sharp voice has confused many to think there is a lady in the song. He starts off with his well-sang part how he would sing to God, because if he does not then stones or animals would do it.

Then comes Jey, the song writer with his mellow voice and you get three distinct voices that join to make one unit that would get anybody no matter how hard-hearted rocking to the medium-paced music that is not only appealing to the ears but also full of inspiration.

The video shot by Dr Eddie of Dreamland Music does justice to Jesse Bukindu's audio production to make Ninaimba the next big true Christian beat devoid of sideshows and vanity.

Asked why they chose this genre, Jey says: “I have done a number of genres cutting across from rhumba, zouk, electronic, RnB to hiphop -even to Taarab in yet to be released songs which he promises will redefine Christian music in Kenya.

"I just want something the both my mother and my children can listen to even ten or 50 years from now and when you listen to my music, you will agree with me," he says.

You can watch the video here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AxCIsfoGq0

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