JOPANGO single is OUT
As we approach the Festive season, here is a treat from Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno with his new single JOPANGO out on the 30th of November 2022.
Rapasa's sound is anchored in traditional East African music and storytelling. JOPANGO is a teaser from the Album bearing the same name which is inspired by the Benga genre from his childhood and which will be released at the end of 2023. In this Christmas piece, he tells the story of JOPANGO. Christmas is a wonderful time. Yet, for Jopango, it is not always the easiest time. Who is Jopango? In Dholuo language, the word jopango is derived from pango. It means one who lives in the city. The song highlights the difficulties that city dwellers are facing when running projects in the village remotely. The prices always seem to go up just because you are a Japango. Going home “dala”can also be challenging as expectation runs high, it can be especially daunting ahead of the Christmas season. This difficult scene is balanced by the rich, light and joyful melody.
“I was lucky with the music this week in terms of me seeking to play more clearly African inspired and rooted music”
Debbie Golt Resonance FM - Nov 2022