In our July Issue of Chano8 Digital Magazine, we told you of how David Mathenge aka Nameless’ presence in Kampala caused a stir among our local artistes who were itching for a music collaboration with the Kenyan dance hall star.
We had spotted him at Fenon Records chatting up with a few of the producers and workers at the Industrial Area-based studio. Much as the Fenon Records people informed the world about the ‘courtesy call’, they never gave details of the visit and projects the ‘Nasinzia’ singer had come to accomplish.
We however learnt that, Nameless was actually trying new musical ideas to expand his fan base across the region. One such idea was to do a lingala genre and collabos with traditional singers from Tanzania’s coastal regions and also with artistes from Democratic Republic of Congo
However, one thing that did not cross the mind of many, was Nameless doing a song in luganda. Ok, Nameless for starters is a Kenyan but decided to do a song in which he sings some verses in luganda. The new song called ‘Butterfly’, is the reason he was here Kampala. It is a love song he sings to woo a young village belle whom he thinks looks so beautiful and wants to fly together with her ‘like a butterfly’
The song produced by Washington David Bangiti (who also features in the video), has the strong dance hall trade mark beats to a rather relaxed bongo flava flow. Namelss, the professional that he is, blends the two in an effortless Rhythm that is also helped by a simple ‘sing along’ chorus. He mixes Luganda, Kiswahili and English in the verses that makes the song ‘East African’. Whether his luganda is good or not is topic for discussion for another day. What is how ever not a debate is the fact, it is already being loved across East Africa with even BBC’s Alan Kasujja applauding the song. He twitted a video link with this message;
And the video done by Fenon Films, is a vibrant combination of butterfly colors as brilliantly portrayed by the beautiful vixens wriggling away. With colourful African outfits, the dance moves remind one of Jose Chameleone’s breath-taking ‘Kipepewo’ dance that dominated the airwaves in 2008. The choreographer and director Bob Dickson was probably inspired by the monster hit since ‘Kipepewo’ is Kiswahili for Butterfly too. Patrick Kanyomozi a renown sports scribe posted;
“Nameless singing in Luganda!And its great song,decent job too on the video.”Butterfly”.
Comedian Alex Muhangi chips in the intro to lighten things up with his popping eyes(in the video) that surely will bring out a few chuckles here and there.