The Unwritten With: KIDUM – AS A REFUGEE, MUSIC WAS MY ANSWER

Kidum, the quintessential African musician. He sings in Kirundi and Swahili. His songs cut across ethnicity, languages and countries. They are songs whose tunes are expressive. Simple but seductive. Colorful but subtle. And the lyrics…woven together by a veteran of the art.

I once watched him perform at Le Palanka in Lavington. Seeing as this is Africa, there were the usual late comers. Someone must have whispered to a group of seemingly upwardly-mobile ladies that Kidum and his Boda Boda band play at Le Palanka on Thursdays, and, out of their  FOMO, they must have somehow Ubered their way through the Nairobi night to catch about three of his last performances.

With a glass of wine and a friend, we watched as a lady walked up to the stage, said something to him, made him blush and managed to convince him to sing two other songs. These were signature songs that had already been performed, but this was Kidum, and no one in the audience had an objection.

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