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New year, new version of Uwanje! We are excited to introduce “Uwanje” by Artist Young Spit of Era257. Back in 2019, we covered a story on his traditional hit song “Iwacu” —a soft Afro-fusion jam. It is no secret that Young Spit is extremely passionate about his Burundian roots…the song titles are loud and clear. February 15th of 2021, a new and improved version of this hot cake “Uwanje” surfaced the net on different platforms including YouTube. Uwanje is a single on Spit’s Album Era257—but 2021, the stylish gentleman with a mature vintage voice renovated Uwanje with some electric guitars, heavy bouncy beats and a fresh African aesthetic. We peeped he even added new lyrics towards the end of the song. We wanted the usual, and he gave us more than the usual. Well, we are here for it! We admire the efforts and dedication that brought this video to life. This video was shot by 21Gproductions, edited by Eazy.Cuts and produced by Mb_jax1 & Era257.
If you is a real one and you’ve been following Young Spit’s musical journey, then you know very well that musical curiosity ain’t new on this side. He played with many different sounds in his album Era257 available on Apple Music, Spotify and all platforms. One dope track on this bad boy was “Parami” feat Tobiali. Throughout this track, we enjoyed linguistic flavors of Kirundi, English and Spanish. “Slow on Me” feat. AB Nabil was another underrated banger with sweet instrumentals. Are we ever gonna get a video for “Slow on Me” though? Nabil, one of the best in the game, jumped on the track and killed his verse. The overall collaboration was delicious to our ear drums. Let’s hope they make it happen and that’s on “Let ‘Em Know!” If you know, you know! Anyways, y’all..Let’s take a moment of silence and just appreciate the details of this beautifully —well put together creation. A breath of fresh air.
Now, when it comes to lyrics, Spit always experiments with his bilingual skills of Kirundi and English. However, this time, he turned it up a notch by daring to mix old school Afrocentrism with a hint of modern Afro-pop. The original version of “Uwanje” was okay, but something was definitely missing. This new upgrade was like adding an extra lemon to our tequila, aight? There’s tremendous growth in his vision but the authenticity remains obvious and true. Y’all peep the Afro-pop vibe, electric guitars and drums in the mix? It looks like we got Master Muzik & Fig the beat maker pon dis joint. Creative juices are intentionally activated! We we’re truly surprised to hear legendary Hugh Masekela inspired trumpets on the background. The Trumpets were definitely a huge risk for a record like this- but complimented his voice quite well. Spit is different and eccentric. It’s difficult to compare his unique, crazy Rockstar mannerism to any other artist. We love the rare authenticity, and that is why we gonna be screaming, “Warabutanze, Baby Wanje” all 2021!
The African prints, Louis Vuitton scarfs, African beauties and good Ol’ vibes are exactly what we needed. It’s impressive. Simplicity meets expensive taste—issa whole mood. We give it three R’s—Raw, Rare and Real. MKALI is totally feeling this new version of Uwanje with the extra Burundian spices.
One can never go wrong with waterfalls, blue skies and green forests! Nature brought balance and complimented the creative directions, sounds, wardrobe and lyrics. Although this tune gave us a semi club feel, Spit challenged our minds by taking the beat into the woods. We love Spit’s imagination and creative directions. The hidden location magnified the instrumentals— truly felt as if the surrounding trees & nature we’re dancing along— now that’s what I call the power of nature and music combined. Feel the adrenaline? We are in the moment and we are enjoying this spark. Check out Young Spit’s new version of “Uwanje”, available now on YouTube! It’s click worthy. Don’t forget, MKALI MAGAZINE told y’all first.