Review: “Urembo” by Calvo Mistari, Amos and Josh

You obviously know the saying, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”, right? You also probably know that it’s true because of some occasions where someone has said something (not necessarily a person) is beautiful and you have disagreed or when you’ve said it and someone disagreed.

On “Urembo”, Calvo Mistari has collaborated with Amos and Josh, a track that will be featured on his second album which is set for release this year.In a world where round hips, being lightskin (which leads to some dark skinned ladies bleaching) and lots of make up is what is glorified on social and mass media, Urembo kind of shuns that and lays emphasis on a woman’s behavior.  The song also seeks to clear the misconception that being a socialite is the best thing that today’s young ladies can achieve as a form of success.“Sio lazima ujiseme mami ndio watu wakuone, tabia zako zavutia mami tulia usichoke”.

In verse one, Calvo Mistari talks about the “Sponsor” phenomenon which has become quite a trend. Women getting all made so they can attract a spouse, get married, be bought for a house but he ends it off with everything goes wrong when the sponsor decides to leave. He continues telling the story through verse 2, how life is without the sponsor.

The song was produced by Dillie under his production label, House of Dillie and was written by Calvin Kirimba, Amos Muema, Simani Joshua & Hubert Amenya. The Bass Guitar was played by Tom Olang’. Other instruments played and arranged by Fredrick Wang’ombe.

The video was directed by Odibz for TeamMistari Production and features familiar faces to many Kenyans. Media personality Kalekye Mumo, Adelle Onyango, Sage, Kambua, Phy, Mwalimu Rachel, BLAZE mentor Olive Karmen, KISS TV Presenter DeeDee, Mr. Eve and more women of different shapes, sizes and complexions make appearances in the video.

Speaking about the song, Calvo said, “This song will hopefully inspire Madem wengi kujiamini in their character more than their looks. whether you are tall, dark, big or small, Urembo ni wewe!

Josh had this to say too, “Sidhani kuna anywhere in the world kuna warembo kama my country Kenya. This goes out to every lady hustling crazy and making something out of life… Especially single moms, Urembo ni wewe!”

Amos added, ‘Inner beauty never fades,  it’s priceless.  Ukibuild ya ndani, nje haiwezi fichika – Urembo ni wewe.”

To all the women struggling with looking like magazine models or what has been popularized lately, this song is for you!

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