Ben Githae Releases Raila, Karua Campaign Song

  • Musician Ben Githae holsing a book during aan event in October 2018..jpg
    Musician Ben Githae holding a book during an event in October 2018.
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  • Renowned gospel musician Ben Githae on Monday, May 16, released a campaign song for Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua upon her unveiling at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Githae revealed that he recorded the song studio on Monday, May 15, purely led by the conviction that she would be named as the prospective deputy president in the Azimio government

    He added that the song celebrated the two leaders pitting them as the better leaders to take over the leadership mantle from President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.

    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga together with Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua at a past rally.
    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga together with Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua at a past Azimio rally.
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    "I composed the song yesterday and recorded it in the studio. It is about Karua and the former Prime Minister and I am calling it 'We are safe with Baba na Mother Karua'," Githae stated.

    Questioned on whether he had prior knowledge of the announcement that the former Gichugu MP would be picked by the running mate, he insisted that he received the news from the press conference - just like most Kenyans.

    However, he admitted that he had always been vouching for Karua, whom he deemed the best placed to partner with Odinga. In addition, his conviction led him to write the song and his dream came true on Monday afternoon. The song also references the two as RauKa duo - swahili for rise. 

    "I am pro-Karua from the word go and somehow I felt that this is the right person, so I composed the song with a conviction that she will get the ticket," he noted.

    The song comes barely a week after he featured in a campaign tune for Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who is eyeing the Kiambu County gubernatorial seat on a Chama Cha Kazi ticket - a party of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance. 

    Popular for composing campaign hits, he was notably left out by Raila, who partnered with Ben Musindi for the  'leo ni leo' tune. This despite him hinting at writing a praise song for the former Premier dubbed Baba Tosha.

    Githae, who hails from the Mount Kenya region has numerously received backlash from his kinsmen over his support for President Uhuru Kenyatta's handshake partner.

    "After giving that short tease, those in my community began asking which mountain I was talking about and if there were two mountains. They also asked me why I had appointed myself as their spokesperson," Githae added.

    Notably, the composer noted that his music was independent of his political stand and he was just trying to make ends meet as any of them would.  The songs have earned him a good paycheck -as he revealed in April 2021. 

    An image from Ben Githae's 'Tano Tena' video released in 2017
    An image from Ben Githae's 'Tano Tena' video released in 2017
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