The NEST Presents: Legacy

by The NEST

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Legacy is the culmination of a challenge we gave to young Kenyan singers to cover eight Kenyan pop songs released before the year 2010. From classics like Nameless and Amani’s “Ninanoki” which ushered in a new wave of Kenyan contemporary pop music, to the tongue-in-cheek hip-hop commentary of K-South and Fundi Frank’s “Ndai", the seven participating singers have recreated and re-imagined these eight songs to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.

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released 18 September 2013

Recorded at the Salle de Bain Studio at the NEST, Nairobi. Additional recording at Lotus. Produced and engineered by Jim Chuchu. Production Assistants - Sunny Dolat and Njoki Ngumi.

Many thanks go to the kind creators of these songs for allowing their younger contemporaries and fans to cover their songs for this project. Many thanks also go to our seven participating singers for their infectious enthusiasm.

Legacy is a project of the NEST. Visit www.becauseartislife.org for more information.

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Track Name: Lisa Oduor-Noah - Ndai
LYRICS

Bado sijapata ndai, lakini nitawai wai (repeat)
Track Name: Pauline Ayuko - Sweet Love
VERSE ONE

I've been spending all of my days
I love you in a way
I've been spending all of my nights
Trying to realize
Your beautiful eyes

My sweet love
My sweet love

CHORUS

And it's a feeling in my heart
A feeling in my soul
Filling me up from my head to my toe
Sio kama mapenzi ya kawaida
Ni penzi siwezi kuelewa kabisa

Kabisa...

VERSE TWO

Sijui nisemeje
I know, I know I sound a little crazy
Ever since you came my way
My whole life has changed
And I do not regret
This beautiful feeling of sweet love

My sweet love
My sweet love

REPEAT CHORUS

VERSE THREE

Mara kwa mara najipata
Kwenye ziwa lisilo na mipaka
I drift away in this sweet sweet place
As I think of the ways
I'll share with you

My sweet love
My sweet love

REPEAT CHORUS

Yeah, yeah...
Track Name: Winnie Chris - Wachilia
VERSE ONE

There are times when it feels,
niko chini ya bahari
ninazama, ninanyongwa
sipumui, sina air.
There are times when I feel,
nimefungwa na kamba
I am struggling, I am fighting
niwe huru.

Moyo wangu wanidunga,
sina mbele wala nyuma,
macho yangu, tiririka, wasi wasi.
Sononeka, jibu sina
(nim)mepotea, sioni njia
umia, naumia
I'm on the edge, on the edge, oh!

CHORUS

Wachilia dada
Wachilia ndugu
Wachilia...

Just let it go, it eats you up.
Just let it go, ooh.

VERSE TWO

When it feels, had enough
na maisha ni magumu
matatizo mekubamba
dunia kesha kwangukia
When it feels, strength is gone
on the verge of giving up
your body's frail, your muscles weak
and you can't seem to find a way.

Natishika makotini, unaomba kwa sauti
Mungu Baba nisaidie, nishike mkono
siniache
Hujijui, unahisia kulialia kwa uchunga
umia, naumia
you're on the edge, on the edge, oh!

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

(Kikuyu)
Guku ni gwa cucu (heiyo),
guku ni gwa cucu
gukama na ndume iria ria Mama.

REPEAT CHORUS TO END
Track Name: Patricia Kihoro - Hakuna Matata
INTRO

Hey mpenzi, nakupenda sana.

Chorus
Mpenzi, hakuna matata.
Kila kitu kitawa sawa, sawa.
My lover,
you don't have to worry,
everything will be alright.

VERSE ONE

Mpenzi wangu
Niko hapa kama unataka msichana, sana
Tulikosana, lakini hizo ni mambo za jana
Leo siku mpya, tuendelee, tusahau
zile makosa, then we can live and learn.
All the precious things then we can earn
forever, oh my baby
I chose ya, to be my number moja

Through sickness and health, poverty and wealth
Living each and every day, baby as it comes
I got a love call, to set your ball rolling
I made the plans in my mind
how to make you mine.

REPEAT CHORUS

VERSE TWO

Nataka tuelewane, tuache kugombana
Tabia yangu na yako, yasikilizana
Kwa hivyo wacha tuwe, bibi na bwana
Tuendelee na mbele, tuwache makelele
Mapenzi yawe tele, milele na milele

Cuz things ain't right between you and me
Nothing is the way that it is supposed to be
Something needs to be D-O-N-E
Cuz I wanna get it on and kick it right with you
Prove that I'm a girl who knows what to do
I don't really wanna wait, tt might get too late.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

Hey mpenzi, nakupenda sana.
(Here's my love, baby come and take it)

VERSE THREE

I need your loving baby, can I get it right away?
I'd rather not wait, it's been long since you been gone
I've got quality time baby, all reserved just to be with you
Ain't no worries at all, boy I know just what I got.

My lover is you, I wanna be with you
No worries at all, I wanna rock your world
My mpenzi.

REPEAT CHORUS TO END

Hey mpenzi, nakupenda sana.
Here's my love, baby come and take it.

Mpenzi we, mpenzi.
Eeh mpenzi, ewe mpenzi.
Track Name: Miami Silas and Winnie Chris - Ninanoki
Mimi na wewe x3
Aiya, ooh x 5

VERSE ONE

It's a Friday night, everything's alright
Eh nyinyi mabeste twende tukatike
If you like to dance, well then here's your chance
Sisi wa Nairobi tunapenda heppy

It is in your eyes, ooh you can't deny!
Mmefurahi wacha kujidai.
Hey, you over there, Hey you look familiar
Si tukatike, mimi na wewe

CHORUS

Aiya-iya-iyai x 2
Aiya, ooh X 2

VERSE TWO

Huyu chikidee, ako na bidii
Anadance kuku, huku na huku
Na huyu jamaa, yeye yu shujaa
Anajua kukata bila kuhata

It is in the air, it lives everywhere!

Make you feel like removing your underwear
Ogopa DJs, wacha ku-delay
Sisi tumefika sasa tutawika

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

Ooh ameniokoa, ameniokoa
Oh ameniokoa, can we dance together?
Manze tumebeba, maze tunaroga
Tumefanikiwa, can we dance together?

(Kikuyu)
Kai mutaraigwa wega, mokiina, mokiina?
Mokiina, kai mutaraigwa wega?

Ah-ah! Ooh x 2
I'm losing control
I'm losing control
Ah-ah! Ooh x 2
Wacha kujifanya una hanyahanya!

REPEAT CHORUS TO END

Kai mutaraigwa wega, mokiina, mokiina?
I'm losing control, I'm losing control.
Ninanoki, ninanoki nikiskia hii mziki.
Track Name: Diana Nduba - Niwe Wako Milele
CHORUS

Niwe wako milele (ai yai yai)
Nikupe mapenzi tele (ai yai yai)
Siwe na shaka, siwe na hofu we
Kwangu we karibia.

VERSE ONE

I loved you since I first saw you
Wanted to build my world with you
But you belonged to someone else
I'd die a thousand deaths for you
Bring you the earth, the sun and the moon
What can I do with these feelings I have for you?

Hey, hey
It's unusual for a girl to say.
Hey, hey
(wako milele, penzi tele)
Give me a moment, I just want a day

REPEAT CHORUS

VERSE TWO

I see the sadness in your eyes
I hear you cannot sleep at night
She took your heart and run away.
Learn to trust, let go of pain
With me my love, fall again.

Hey, hey
It's unusual for a girl to say.
Hey, hey
Give me a moment, I just want a day

REPEAT CHORUS TO END

Niwe wako milele (ai yai yai)
(wako milele)
Nikupe mapenzi tele (ai yai yai)
(penzi tele)
Siwe na shaka, siwe na hofu we
Kwangu we karibia.
Track Name: Jarel Nduba - Mwewe
VERSE ONE

Jua yaangaa, jua yaangaa kwangu
Kivuli chafunika,
kivuli chanipita tena
Nimewafunika vifaranga,
kinga vifaranga wangu
Adui namuona, adui namuona
adui namuona, hajui kuwa

CHORUS

Namuona mwewe x 4

VERSE TWO

Machozi yanitoka,
machozi yanitoka kwani
Uvivu utamuua, uvivu utaniua
Rafiki yangu kageuka adui
Ewe Mola muokoe
Toa chuki moyoni mwake

REPEAT CHORUS

VERSE THREE

Sisi marafiki tangu siku za utoto
Wewe wanijua kushinda watu wote
Ulinielewa nami nilikuamini
Nimeshindwa kutatua tatizo liko wapi

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

Look into my eyes,
Tell me all you see
Love thy enemy
friendly I can be

REPEAT CHORUS TO END
Track Name: Miami Silas - Prayer
VERSE ONE

Every other morning I wake,
not because I'm deserving
it's 'cause you won't forsake me.
Every other day ain't the same
yet your love for me never changed
although I did and...

Thank you for all your love in me.
Without you I couldn't be (be).
Father I owe to you all I am
not as a man, but as part of your plan.

VERSE TWO

I believe that we all make mistakes.
It's beyond our power to change,
what it takes is you.
I'm looking at my life and I see.
I'm looking at my life and I see.
There isn't any sin or anything
you can't forgive and
though the Devil will try to lie, so sly
You never made me cry

Now that I love thee I know
you won't let me compromise
since you opened up my eyes.
My eyes, since you opened up my eyes..