No, it’s not a new song

Written and performed by Dick Munyonyi in 1986, “Firirinda” is getting a new lease on life 35 years after its release in part due to a viral TikTok challenge and because Murang’a MCAs celebrated the passing of BBI by dancing to the song yesterday.

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“Firirinda” is an upbeat song in which the narrator ( in this case, the singer) welcomes guests into his home. It is no secret that TikTok is doing mileage for music through the app’s viral challenges. In a report done by Rolling Stone magazine, it was reported that currently “the music industry relies on TikTok as a launchpad for major songs.” 

This 35-year-old song is proof of TikTok’s power. However, as the report further stipulated, there’s almost always a disconnect between the song itself doing the rounds and an artist’s career trajectory. Munyonyi stopped singing a few years after releasing “Firirinda” after contracting tuberculosis. It is being reported that well-wishers have already sent him some goodies since the song went viral.

As to the meaning of the word, someone on Twitter may have found an apt definition.

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Since the song became a hit on mainstream, Kenyans online have had a lot to say about “Firirinda” and the dance challenge is spawned.

But first, the president and first lady.


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