Juliani Gets Political In New Video To ‘Machozi Ya Jana’

17 May of 2017 by

Kenyan music is on the up and up.

Nyashinski hit us with two videos to two radically different tunes yesterday, and now Gospel hip-hop artist Juliani has released his new video to the politically charged tune ‘Machozi ya Jana’ (Yesterday’s tears).

It’s a tribute to three men killed at the hands of police – that shocked Kenya and drew attention once again to injustice at the hands of those meant to protect. The late Willie Kimani, Joseph Muiruri and Josephat Mwenda were part of the conversation at a panel discussion on how Kenya can move beyond this type of violence.

Juliani said he wanted the video and the song to serve as a wake up call for us to speak out for the voiceless. “We need to call an end to extra judicial killings. We can only do this by creating a movement that forces the authorities to look more keenly into such critical matters and as such bolster structures that will ensure accountability within the police force.”

In June 23rd, 2016, Willie Kimani, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya who worked with International Justice Mission was abducted as he left court with his client, Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri. The bodies of the three were later recovered from the Ol Donyo Sabuk River.

The message: Remember those names. Don’t allow yourself to forget.


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