Multi-talented singer and one of Kenya’s best live performers – Serro releases twin videos for her viral single “Kasyoki Wa Mutumba”. This is a witty love song dedicated to her love interest Kasyoki, a clothes seller. The release comes after a clip of Serro performing a raw acoustic version of the song went viral garnering over 200,000 views across her social media platforms. The clip elicited exciting reactions from Kenyans including Churchill, Bien of Sauti Sol and veteran presenter Fred Obachi Machokaa, who all shared the clip and applauded her songwriting, vocals, and guitar playing skills.
Both versions of the song were produced by Mutoriah of Me & My Cousin Entertainment and videos shot by renowned director Johnson Kyalo.
Speaking on the release, Serro says, “I’ve always wanted to write a song inspired by Kamba pop but it had to be not too serious, so I decided to go with a cheeky love story. When people listen to this song, I hope it will make them smile, maybe leave them in stitches, and remind them of that special someone.”
In the first version, Serro borrows heavily from Kamba Benga – a genre that is synonymous with fast-paced rhythmic beat and bouncy finger-picking guitar sounds, to create an infectiously danceable track. Its video incorporates a comical script that sees her stalk and seeks attention from Kasyoki, who seems unbothered at first before finally giving in to her advances. The video which was shot at Toi Market in Nairobi also features dancing cameos by traders from the market.
In the mellow version, Serro turns the rather upbeat song into a slow tempo romantic tune with a soothing guitar line. Its minimalistic video focuses on her dressed in African-themed attire, serenading lovers while playing an acoustic guitar under a spotlight.
“Kasyoki Wa Mutumba” is Serro’s second release in 2019, following the release of “Ya Dunia” in May, and the fourth single off her soon to be released album “Kuwe”- a collaborative project with the young musical genius, Mutoriah.