The award-winning Kenyan musical trio Elani have released a new single that brings to light their stand against abuse in relationships.
Sirudi, which features their fellow Kenyan powerhouse Jaguar, is a powerful and stirring depiction on physical and emotional abuse, an unfortunate reality that often goes unmentioned in many relationships.
The group was recently in Uganda for a media tour that aimed at widening their fan base to this part of the east. Unbeknownst to them, the fans were already aware. After a series of media trips, the group was requested by musical critiques in Uganda to perform at East Africa’s biggest music festival, the Bayimba Festival of the arts. That they have released a new song thus, should be recieved as good news for Elani’s fans in Uganda.
“There are certain matters that go unspoken, but still need to be addressed. That’s what we chose to do here. Any kind of abuse, physical, emotional – from indifference to infidelity to violence… these are issues of concern, and it is part of our responsibility to identify and speak out against such.” – Wambui Ngugi
“Through the lyrics of the song, and more evidently through the video, we show the importance of treating your loved one well. And more that that, we would like to show those going through any kind of abuse that you do not have to take it. There is always an option.” – Maureen Kunga
“To see and hear this come to life has been a great thing. Music is a tool for change – and the fact that we as musicians have the power to see a problem such as this and address it through song is a blessing.” – Bryan Chweya
“I first listened to Elani’s music when I was in the car with Enos Olik, and he was playing their album. As soon as I heard them, I said, ‘Please tell me who these guys are – I want to work with them!’ So when this project came up, I loved the idea from the very beginning, also because I solidly stand against any form of abuse in any relationship. So I immediately agreed, and I’m remember saying to him, excited to see this powerful song as the result.” – Jaguar.
Sirudi was produced by Philip Makanda of MainSwitch Studios. The official video was directed by X Antonio, and produced by International Texture Production.