There’s been an overwhelming volume of Covid-19 themed releases by artists all over the world. It’s a practically easy PSI message to pass, right? This genre-range places value on the message, sometimes sacrificing creativity in the process.
Well, not always.
A new release, My Country Kenya by gospel artist, Terri T, stirs the crowded pool differently.
The pandemic season’s newest release walks the thin line between gospel, and patriotic songs. It’s not an easy balance to strike.
Terri T is a gifted artist who has reigned supreme in gospel music circles with various hits. She’s known mostly for her inspiring hit, Mwathani, and Jesu Mwathani – a dance-able, joyful track sang beautifully in her native language – Meru – albeit all with subtitles.
My Country Kenya is a beautifully written and choreographed track that pays homage to the indefatigable efforts of the government in slaying the ravaging pandemic. The video shows a montage of the country’s most iconic moments and influential figures in recent history.
Hello, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, you’ve been artistically immortalized in an iconic gospel video!
The video doesn’t do enough justice to Terri T’s absolute grip on fashion – she rocks an elegant white gown, bordered with striking national colors. A fashionista would insist on more lingering scenes of the artist, and less of political shots. It’s a win, though.
While the discerning listener may sway towards the track’s patriotic vibe, the spiritual and the prayerful will easily dig into the soulful mood it creates. It’s undoubtedly a deep prayer for the republic…….and which other time has the nation faced a more malicious enemy?
While the uncertain Covid-19 season will pass, as they surely will, Terri T’s production – My Country Kenya – will largely remain relevant. This is a track that will feature in the future of the country in times national unity is at stake.
A combination of prayerful times, and a subtle call for national unity. And, strength.
Aside: There’s a gospel collabo I’d like to happen, it’s to pair Terri T with Christina Shusho. Their combined acappella, imposing stage presence and a mutual spiritual grounding would produce a timeless gospel work of art.
If you wrongly thought the Meru cannot sing to save their hides, listen to this and re-think that perception: