Muki Garang keeps on keeping on

 

Muki Garang
Muki Garang

This blog has been running for quite a while giving me the opportunity to meet so many cool people because several years ago I took the drastic step to publish my thoughts on all things. One of the most interesting people I have been unfortunate fortunate to meet has to be a gentleman called Muki Garang. When I was busy try to figure how to do this writing thing with blogs on poets and spoken word and hip hop with titles for my titles like Marion Vionna Dreams (Kwani Open Mic) Muki was already a well regarded poet on a nascent scene.
I have heard him described as the brainchild of the WAPI (Words and Pictures) concept which was born in 2006. (Side note: I was probably the first person to talk about WAPI which is currently a big huge concept when I blogged about Words and pictures at the BC (Things we do for lust) ).

Then I heard that he was a major part of the birth on Ghetto Radio that most loved radio station by those with Japanese imported vehicles in the afternoon as two fellows called Mbusi and Bonoko De get on the drive time. Muki was there for a while and then kinda vanished for a minute. He did come up every so often with the odd Dr Alfred Mutua directed Justice featuring Mwafrika amongst other appearances.

Our Muki however has moved on to bigger and better things. He is currently the founder of Maisha Yetu, an arts and culture NGO that uses popular culture to provide education on different key issues affecting Africans. Here he oversees concepts like the A Dollar A Day album project.

The man is also the coordinator of the Kenya (Nairobi) Chapter of the Africa Unbound movement. The website of Africa Unbound describes Muki in the following words;

He convened the ‘Hip Hop Parliament’ in the midst of the post-election violence 2007/2008 in Kenya, as a means to engage Nairobi’s youth in positive dialogue across ethnic lines. His work utilizes music as a tool for community empowerment and is now noted worldwide.”

Yep ladies and gentlemen. NOTED WORLDWIDE. No bad. He hasn’t forgotten his poetry roots as he still does the odd performance when he can. The most recent of his performances was at the youth conference at the Laico Regency on peaceful elections with the following poem.

Kizazi cha leo (Today’s generation)

We are the leaders of today
Throw a glance at the horizon
There lies the beautiful sunset
A sign that my future is bright

To be free defines me
Am young I think openly
Free thinking people like me
Find solutions to problems
Free thinking means
Questioning what hurts me and society
Engaging my peers elders everyone
Birthing birth best ideas in the process
Changing lives for the better
Kenyan youth making progress

We are the leaders of today
Throw a glance at the horizon
There lies the beautiful sunset
A sign that my future is bright

I am sober focused
Never thrown off balance
Not by political deceit nor ethnic hate
Young entrepreneur making a living creatively
Yearning for change voicing concerns poetically
Seeking success clutching tightly dreams of my future
Making a difference building talent balance the scorecard
Everyday challenges I handle them responsibly
To live united even with different tongues positively
We are the leaders of today
Throw a glance at the horizon
There lies the beautiful sunset
A sign that my future is bright

For peace we have affinity
Cultivating love and understanding
Building one happy family
To be young is to be a resource
The pillar for a strong nation
I am determined to use my energies
My potential and ability
Fuelled by a constant desire
To achieve peace freedom and prosperity

We are the leaders of today
Throw a glance at the horizon
There lies the beautiful sunset
A sign that my future is bright

I am young so I strive for justice and equality
Rising beyond narrowly defined identities
No matter how different they say we are
Deep inside lies unbreakable bond
To leave a lasting legacy for generations to come
So the day I grey they’ll call me wise
For I only learned the best and bequeathed the positive

 

Yep. He still has it.