When I entered a talent search competition in 2015, we were asked to present our own compositions as part of one of the rounds. This is how ‘Vachataura Vanhu’ was born. The title and opening line were inspired by Bongo Muffin’s ‘The Way Kungakona’, a song I absolutely loved while growing up, and still do to this day. I asked my friend to send me a beat, and he recommended Jdot. He sent me a powerful house beat, and I started to sing along to it almost immediately. I had no idea that I would have the honour of creating a whole EP with Jdot at this point, and I had no subject for the song in the beginning. As I listened to the music more and more, I began to reminisce about my childhood, specifically songs we used to sing as we played.

I had never written a party song prior to “Vachataura vanhu” because I’ve never been much of a party person (though I love to dance), but the initial name of the beat was related to dancing, so I think I subconsciously decided this song would be a dance track. In the end, this song would be about a group of people who in essence are the life of the party, as suggested by the opening line:

Kana tasvika pano
Vachataura vanhu

Which means “When we arrive, people will talk.” This song makes use of references from Shona nursery rhymes and games like ‘Keya Keya Don’t Keya’ and ‘Kachembere Kegudo’, which brought joy to our young hearts, although we didn’t understand their true or implied meanings as kids. The adapted lines are as follows:

Derived from ‘Keya, Keya’

Iwe pinda
Rova staira
’pana wako
Bata musoro
Bata musana

Derived from ‘Kachembere Kegudo’

Kana vaneta
Vaguta kutamba
Tapakura mumhazi
Yuhwi (x3)