From Gospel To Gangsta Rap, Member Of Wakadinali Trio Sewersydaa Tells It All

In a groundbreaking episode of the Mic Cheque Podcast, the airwaves were electrified as Sewersydaa, a pivotal figure in Kenya’s rap scene and a member of the revered Wakadinali trio, took center stage. The podcast, hosted by Chaxy, Mariah, and Mwass, delved deep into the heart and soul of Sewersydaa, unearthing the origins of his stage name, his journey from gospel to gangsta rap, and his unyielding commitment to social justice.

Sewersydaa’s Origins And How Wakadinali Met

Born and raised in Kenya, Sewersydaa’s roots run deep within the streets of Nairobi. Although born in Kibera, his family later lived in several parts of Nairobi including Komarock and Umoja. It was at Upper Hill Secondary where fate intertwined, and the Wakadinali brotherhood was forged. Upper Hill Secondary is the home of the famous Red Fourth Chorus choir and was also the high school that three out of four Sauti Sol members went to. 

Despite his upbringing in a Muslim household, Sewersydaa and his comrades initially trod the path of gospel music, a strategic move to navigate the dominant forces of the music industry at the time. 

Sewersydaa the Videographer (and Graduate)

Beyond his lyrical prowess, Sewersydaa’s multifaceted talent shines bright. A university graduate in ICT with Film and Video Production, his acumen extends beyond the mic, earning him the moniker “Slim Visuals.” His journey from behind the camera to center stage elucidates his dynamic presence within Wakadinali and the evolving landscape of Kenyan hip-hop.

He explains that early on in the formation of the Wakadinali group, he knew he could rap but never appeared in the videos shot for the mixtape Ndani Ya cockpit 1, as he was the one behind the camera.  By the time Ndani ya Cockpit 2 was coming along, his brand as a videographer was more important and that of Wakadinali as a duo ( Scar and Domani Munga) was much more prevalent. Thus he took a step back before contributing a verse to the second installment of their famous mixtape series. It was only after Morio Anzenza became a big hit that the group decided it was time to reintegrate him behind the mic, and for the first time, in front of the cameras.

Sewersydaa and Social Justice (Geri Inengi Verse Breakdown)

A beacon of consciousness amidst the pulsating beats, Sewersydaa’s verses transcend mere entertainment, embodying a clarion call for societal change. Sewersydaa states that social commentary in local hip hop is waning and that he wants consciousness to be part of his brand, to not only serve the purpose of entertaining the masses but also making them reflect on the uniqueness of the socio-political context the nation finds itself in

Delving into the lyrical labyrinth of “Geri Inengi,” he dismantles misconceptions, shedding light on the stark realities of corruption. By explaining the whole of the verse he shows how he wrote it as a way of drawing parallels between the regular muggings and the blatant corruption witnessed in the running of government. The line,”hatuitishi ruhusa kuguza,tunaishi rais hutundura,” therefore is a reference to the forceful nature of theft by embezzlement, rather than a rationalization of carrying out unwanted sexual advances on women. 

On the recent spike in femicide, he asserts that love should be a guiding principle in relationships and that if people enter into such arrangements with ulterior motives, regardless of gender one partner is always going to end up suffering.  He distances himself from the infamous tweet his teammate Scar Mkadinali made recently saying it is a personal view. He tells the host that they talk often when asked if they have discussed the tweet and the backlash arising from it. He is always advising his friend just as he takes in advice.

Sewersydaa’s Top 5

Amidst the conversation, Sewersydaa unveils his pantheon of Kenyan rap legends, when pressed by Chaxy who modifies a question from an audience member. He mentions the trailblazers Vigeti, Kitu Sewer and Zakka as part of his top 5. To complete the list, he shows admiration for new-age rappers Timmy Blanco and Sodough, the latter being a current stable mate at Zoza Nation.

Separating the Music Personas from Actual Crime

In a poignant moment of reflection, Sewersydaa admits that music is a powerful force that can shape perceptions. As he navigates the dichotomy between art and reality, he implores listeners to discern fact from fiction, challenging the stereotypes that shroud Wakadinali’s legacy. He says: “Mimi sio bad man. All the gangsters are either dead or in jail. I hope hakuna mtu ananiskiza na anadhani that is my real lifestyle.” 

He points out that generally, Wakadinali are misunderstood. He uses the podcast appearance to reveal that  Wakadinali are working on a podcast series -Wakadinali Misunderstood, a platform to bridge the chasm between perception and truth and to make them better understood by the public.

Other Interesting Tidbits

From the genesis of Wakadinali’s anthems to the evolution of Sewersydaa’s artistic journey, the podcast unearths a treasure trove of insights. With each revelation, Sewersydaa’s narrative unfolds, painting a vivid portrait of resilience, authenticity, and unwavering dedication. In a parting message, Sewersydaa extends his gratitude to fans and hosts alike, affirming his commitment to amplify voices, provoke thought, and ignite change through the power of music.