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.
“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.
Here, I found a meaning that makes sense:Free rinda… Firirinda! pic.twitter.com/pkn88nBdaM
— Tash (@tashmitambo) February 21, 2021
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.
— Kas Jan ?? (@jan_kasjan) February 23, 2021
Ati since most women from Mt Kenya region cannot twerk,they have introduced the FIRIRINDA dance where they shake all their bodies like a flask of porridge ????????. #Firirinda pic.twitter.com/QDzlGYS5bJ
— Kihiu (@kihiu_) February 23, 2021
— Gichumbi (@mwangid) February 17, 2021
Firirinda probably will the the BBI campaign song ??
— Frank Barek (@FrankKubamba) February 24, 2021
— Pauline Njoroge, HSC (@paulinenjoroge) February 20, 2021