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Samba Sings For Obama
Published October 14, 2008

New video and vocal remix honors Presidential candidate.

Samba Mapangala, East Africa's most beloved singer, recognizing how much Africans love Barack Obama and how proud Kenyans are of Obama's Presidential candidacy, has released a song in his honor: "Obama Ubarikiwe," or, “Obama Be Blessed.”

The original recording was made in Chicago in September at Delmark's Riverside Studio and produced by Nathaniel Braddock of the Occidental Brothers and Old Town School of Folk Music. The vocal remix adds harmony vocals by Jonal Buya Lutete, formerly with OK Jazz, with encouraging new Swahili lyrics that declare: “There's a new leader in America. Let's applaud him. We wish you long life. Do a good job for us. Viva Obama!” The song continues: “Obama, leadership is a gift from God, and you have it. Please help to bring peace, change and hope to all Americans and all the world. We love you!”

The video which accompanies the song features 14-year-old Kenyan rapper Fanaka Ndege and portrays how Obama's candidacy brings people of different generations and backgrounds together. It was produced and directed by Jose Shalita and Robin Berry, assisted by George Ndege.

Samba Mapangala's latest album, African Classics, was released in June 2008 by Sheer Sounds.


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