GUIDED BY STARS

US-based Kenyan singer Okello releases 'Sulwe'

He sings in mother tongue to help protect and preserve it

In Summary

• He has an upcoming five-track EP expected to early next year

Singer Simon Okello
Singer Simon Okello
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US-based Kenyan musician Simon Okello has unveiled a new track, 'Sulwe' (Luo for star), his second single following his recently released debut single, 'Chandore'.

Both tracks are set to feature in his forthcoming five-track EP expected early next year.

Both tracks are distinctly Nyatiti music and reminiscent of a style popularised by the late Kenyan Nyatiti player Ayub Ogada.

Okello said 'Sulwe' is a beautiful tune that comes straight from his heart to our soul.

"With an open mind, listen to it deeply to help you understand beyond the language barrier," he said.

"I am dedicated to singing in my mother tongue to help protect and preserve it and also help change the narrative about Africa by demonstrating that our music is beautiful in its original raw style."

He talks about how the star was the guide to Jesus’ birthplace for the three wise men in the Bible.

"This song is a reminder that we are all amazing and our stars will stay with us no matter where we are and our current conditions. We have to allow the stars to guide us to our destiny."

He is also the founder of One Vibe Africa and Madaraka Festival. The 7th annual Madaraka Festival was held on July 25.

His upcoming EP will be out to honour both African and African American culture, while elevating different voices and creating community cohesion.