Get on your feet
Everybody
It’s time to move
Let the music
Take control
As it resonates inside your soul

Feel the beat all over you
Let it move your body now
Let it move your body now
Let it move your body now

Kwese kwatinoenda
Vanhu vanotitsvaga
Hanzi kana masvika pano
Vanhu vese votamba
Hamuzivi here kuti
Isu toda kufara
Pese pese
Pese pese
Pese pese

Got to do some dancing
‘Cause this life is a blessing
If I had wings I would fly
Reach way up and touch
The sky
Got to do some dancing
‘Cause this life is a blessing

(Pese Pese main lyrics)

Pese Pese is the title track off of my very first EP that was released in 2018. Similar to my debut single Vachataura Vanhu, this song explores the theme of a group of people who always become the life of the party, the centre of attention anywhere they end up. The term “pese pese” loosely translated can man “any place”. I have always loved dancing, and have been blessed to have a number of dancers in my circle of friends. This song reminds me of them, and their ability to capture the room wherever they are, on stage or off stage. Many of them have an aura, a kind of inexplicable swagger about them, and once they start to dance, it all makes sense.

Dance has always been a huge part of celebrations all over the world, and more so in the African context. From traditional to modern dance, all the way into the fusion of different styles, dance is an art form that requires one to engage their whole body to create something beautiful, and this makes dance both very taxing and very special. In this song, I wanted to present a group of people who aren’t afraid to celebrate life through dance, and don’t mind being the centre of attention, in fact, they’re now used to being sought after wherever they go. The song embodies the kind of people who bring joy to an occasion. They remind us that although there are a lot things to cry about in life, there is a lot to celebrate as well. When we come to this realisation, we can then take the opportunity to find the joy in life, and hopefully take it with us any place we may go. So, the song isn’t just an invitation to dance, but it’s also an invitation to gratitude for the life we have.

The title of this song is the title of the EP, as my manager at the time suggested that “Pese Pese” would be the most relatable track for fans back at home. The name grew on me as I realised that the name of the track also embodied the variety of songs on this offering. Each song lends itself to different feelings and scenarios, from finding love, losing love and even celebrating love and life in general.