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Review: Fresh Kid Gives Swahili A Shot In New Inspirational Song ‘Usichoke’

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At his tender age (8 years) rapper Fresh Kid’s talent and ability to listen to demos, cram lyrics and sing them as songs is something that a few children at his age can do.

This is one of the reasons Fresh real name Ssenyonjo Patrick has been embraced by fans and we wouldn’t be wrong to say he is among the fast rising artistes, although much more work need to be put in.

In this lockdown period, he is back with a new song titled ‘Usichoke’ and in this one, he surprised the listeners by giving Swahili language a shot although he mixed in some Luganda and English. Who even knew Fresh Kid would sing in Swahili?

‘Usichoke’ which is Swahili for ‘Don’t Get Tired’ is a song produced at Bad Man Records. It is full of inspiration and advice on need to work hard, focus in life, positive mind and tolerance to tough situations.

Like its title, the song is basically preaching a message of hard work especially to his fellow ghetto youth whom he tells to use their young age profitably in lyrics like “mufanye sana, musichoke, muondoke mufanye. Musilale, fanya kazi kwa udogo siyo kwa uzee” which can be loosely translated as ‘work hard and don’t tire, move and go to work. ‘Don’t sleep, work when you are still young not when you are old’

In some lines, Fresh Kid spreads more message of encouragement with his juvenile voice, urging people to work hard as if they owe money, shun witchcraft, chase their dreams and above all pray to God.

Fresh Kid’s choice to sing in Swahili language might see him tap into the Kenyan and Tanzanian market basing on the fact that Swahili is a widely spoken language there.

Watch the video here

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