KP & Wyban unleash powerful evocation of early love lives in 'My Woman'

A mere ballad when  first wrote and recorded , My Woman became a powerful evocation of Wyban & KP's early love lifes growing up in Mathare and Arusha respectively; an intensely personal and romantic song. It goes on about how much the boy loves the girl, all the lengths at which he is willing to go, just to keep her smiling while also acknowledging all the bad times that the couple faces and their effortless attempts to resolve issues so they can maintain their bond.

Months later, we met Bing Bang & Angelica Janice of the film company Stonjaus, through the Embassy of Colombia in Nairobi, who were galvanised by the track at first listen. We therefore got the opportunity to shoot a music video for the song with them before they would fly back home. Mind you, we only had two days to prepare for filming and two days to shoot, so yes, we were forced to prompt our improvisions.

On the surface of the music video, we told a simple love story of two kids living in Mathare, both of whom are young dancers, with the little boy serenading the little girl every chance he gets using dance moves and his own hand-crafted ring as a symbol of affection. The little girl, obviously shy, keeps eluding him each time he makes a move on her, in spite of his generosity with lollipops, movie times and such goodies. The boy, however, is so richly blessed with persistence and consistency that the girl eventually comes around and pecks his cheek as evidence. He, by an unforseeable paradox, turns out to be the one to blush.

The visuals aimed at presenting a vibrant and colourful Mathare to the world and most importantly to the people within the community. Part of how Mathare is perceived and treated is because of its disheveled environment. Because of this, a team of fellow young people with whom we work in the community came together and coined the term 'Mathare Futurism' which is basically imagining possible realities then ultimately working to design a new future for Mathare. Our approach is planting trees and flowers to green our environment, mural arts to install colour, music and words to change the terrible narratives about our community.

Mathare is ultimately the girl being serenaded in the music video, and the boy represents us as members of the community. The big hand-crafted red ring and cool dance moves are all symbols of everything we do, or are going to do, and must do, to realize a different reality for Mathare. Just like the little boy's persistence, and just like we plant trees and keep coming back to replant as to ensure survival, we shall nurture our resiliene and see ourselves for who we really are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.

For this is our home and we will not be driven from it; great men have done great things here and will again, and we can make Mathare what Mathare must become. ~ Kanyi Wyban.

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