This is the Life (translation)
Translation provided by Smallz
also, check out the Skobo Fugee Collection, for more of Skobo’s music.
Vas 1, Smallz Mshamba Mwenza:
Me hukuona natoka Soo ndio mwaa nikukiss baby/pia nataka kukuona daily, iko on air kile umeseti / sikuskizi kama uko shady
Nikistand out weh umeketi / nikiblak out weh ni mlevi, ju unaown 16bars ..wanahop kukill verse instead ya kukip it live kwa chapter, na ukihook food 4 thought hii jeshi inaimanga vifaster
Always nikinyesha weh unameza hii flow, me ni smallz weh ndio HIPHOP, unafaa makofi ya Kilo, juu nimeshiba weh ndio mwiko sa nameditate thru hii product ya kiko..
Vile weh ni m’fat Jo na techniques za Puerto Rico, umefanyianga the people, wengine off stereo, hawa majaba chai, wanasmile na mimi ju imewadia ile time, switnes in its prime, addicted ka ghetto crime..
Umenifunza kutema maswala, kujiexpress vile mawaza, kubaki REAL kwa LEAGUE, Kikazi kutenga mafala
Pia nastick hapa nitek teachngs ka Lession, wameinsist kuwaplease kutek teachings kwa Lesso, hawakugusi leo ju unasound mKesho, the Future,the promises, the proccess of being, MUSIC itself. kama ni Hiphop niko safe, hizi zingine siskizi, speakers gon dizzy..the more unaget closer hapa the more naget feelings..
-[in refferance to HIPHOP,] evrytime i hear a hiphop sound, its time to rush n embrace it,.whatever it has to offer is on air, i aint gon listen if it’s shady,
– sum artists just want to ‘kill’ it in a verse instead of teaching, entertain..keep it live in that chapter..n also Hiphop is never lame,it got ’16 bars’evrytime even when am high..
HIPHOP does evrythng, i only meditate on what it brings onto the table..n i meditate on this product of the pipe..when i spit, Hiphop swallows my words thru the instrumental.
HIPHOP gives a FAT beat, comparing it to Fat Joe of Latino bakground.. Other artists go off it at times tho..the beat kills the artists’ works if they dont DELIVER.. Its now my time, switnes in its prime.. Hiphop got me addicted lyk GHETTO CRIME.
It gave me a perfect way of how to express my thoughts n feelings.. Now am able to remain, stay top and REAL,just like Real Madrid on their League ..and with my works, not to work with fools.
I promise to stick to Hiphop 4ever.. to take teachngs like in a class lession..other artists choose to take teachings from a ‘leso’, [swahili word for the clothng women wear with teachngs written at the bottom of it.]. So if its HIPHOP Then am safe, aint gving it up 4 other genres ..stickn to it’s promises for the future..
Translation provided by Judge BlackDuo and Lness
vas 2 – Flamez Mshamba Mwenza –
…..what i feel i will write wether is wrong or wright though not a sent i will cast the first rym on the mic. First flow no track cash flow no works less more chase more i acknowledge its a fact. I am giving you knowledge in dozes u can call me a doctor. I AM FEEDING MASSES with vases u can call me a padry. If there is a bad situation to be broke is a sin without a job its very dangerous. hastling is not fare. Stil camping with the boyz like the brazilian coach and this mascles are ready to full fil my jorney. my talent is a free gift thats why i dont pay douwary ..If its earning u are giving then you are dresing and feeding nations. I am not doing music coz of fame its the love in every instru ..after math is a birth worht words coz this vas has mo teaching than you can find in school MWEMBEEMBE sound like empty debez so lets make noise as we bowll is the focus
…the wispers of wind this are the voices in my mind guardian angle is with me i mean selasi nasi. it Genessis book of the bible and kuran words still runing teach one bless one is to earn..in the hood is acardemy where we learn. how to go through love is a must like a fog[blunt]. I am day dreaming at night sleep walking listen i street talk the word. Remember the streets is where sir Jah lives early bird on the sun remember God when thingz are sah and it will be ok. This is the extra muzikah focus in Afrikah. Pleasure dont mix with biz bro u cant manage to fix this is the son of man on the crussifix THUNDER all over suden there was dark SCOBO FACE NEVER FADEZ U KNOW
Translation provided by Mohjay:
Kile nafeel na write, whether ni wrong or write, though not a saint, I’ll curse [cast?] the first rhymes kwa m.i.c., fast slow, no track, cash flow, no works, works, less more, chase more, naku-acknowledge in fact, nawapa knowledge in doses, unaeza niita dokte, nalisha mases verses uneza thani ni padri, ka kuna hali ya hatari kukosa mali ni dhambi, kukosa kazi ni hatari juu hustle si halali, nimedunga kambi na wachezaji ka ule coach wa brazil, na hizi muscles huwa tayari, tena ready ku-influence safari, kipaji ni free tayari na hatufiki bei ya mahari, ka ni riziki unanipa unanilisha unanivisha, sifanyi mziki juu ya sifa uwa ni mapenzi kwa kila instru, aftermath uwanga birth otherwise juu verse, imehold more teaching uwezi pata shuleni, mbwembe mbwembe empty debe, uwa ni kelele kwa wingi vigelegele, sherehe ndio twa focus aiisee
What I feel I write, whether it’s wrong or right, though not a saint, I’ll curse [cast?] the first rhymes on the mic, fast slow, no track, cash flow, no works, less more, chase more, I acknowledge in fact, I give knowledge in doses, you can call me a doctor, I feed the masses verses you might think it’s a priest, if there is a dangerous situation then if I don’t have wealth it’s a sin, lacking a job is dangerous because hustling is illegal, I’m in the camp with the players like the coach of Brazil, and this muscles are always ready, and they are ready to influence the journey, talent is free and I can’t even pay the dowry, if it’s my right then remember you are not the one who gives me my earning and you don’t feed me nor clothe me, am not doing music because of fame, it’s always love in every instrument, aftermath it’s always birth otherwise because the verse, has held more teachings you can’t find in school, talking, talking empty shit, is always a lot of noise like applause, celebrating is what we focus, I say
Mawhispers za wind, hizi ndio voices kwa mind, Guardian angel yuko name, I mean, sela Selassie ni Genesis, somo la Bible na Quran word, kwa mouth inazidi run, teach one, bless one, ndio earn, mtaani academy, tunazidi learn, jinsi ya kuishi, upendo lazima ka moshi, na-daydream, usiku na-sleepwalk, listen niki-street talk neno, kumbuka, izi mitaa ndio sir Jah ukaa, early bird kwa saa ndio sasa, kumbuka, Rabuka, kukipambazuka, mambo itakua mzuka, hii ni extra musika, makinika kiafrica, pleasure usimix na biz bro, huwes mek kunifix mwana adam kwa crucifix, blunder, thunder, mara giza jinx, skobo paints, never failes [fades?] you know,
Whispers of the wind, those are the voices of the mind, the guardian angel is with me, I mean, sela Selassie is the Genesis, reading of the Bible and the Quran word, in my mouth it continues to run, teach one, bless one, then earn, the streets academy, we continue to learn, in ways we live, love is a must like the smoke, I day dream, tonight, I sleepwalk, I listen as I street talk the word, remember this streets is where sir Jah lives, the time of the early bird is now, remember God when the sun rises, African pleasure, don’t mix with business, bro, you can’t make it to fix me, the son of Adam, to crucify, blunder, thunder, or even darkness, skobo paints, never fails [fades?], you know
Skobo Fugee, (aka Skobo Jesuit Kusini, aka Skobo Fuu, aka Bosco ) was an emcee who lived in Mombasa and Dandora. Despite severe obstacles thruout his life, he managed to put together a catalogue of impressive music that pushed hip hop forward, and brought positive vibes to the people around him. He will be sorely missed, and fondly remembered by everyone who had the opportunity to meet him and his music. Pole sana
Also, I think it’s important to say, the generations of economic war that mababis have waged on villagers, including people forced to grow up rough like Skobo, must be resisted by anyone who claims hip hop. This tragedy did not need to happen. Skobo was too young. We must do better.
Below is a collection of some of Skobo’s music:
This Is The Life – Ananda, Skobo, Flamez Mshamba Mwenza, Smallz Lethal ( Washamba Wenza , A-World )
Careless Whispers – Frankwest Mshamba Mwenza, Skobo
Amefall Na G – Ananda, Young Bob ( aka Bosco Baya ), Skobo, Kaktus Kusini ( A-World, Audio Kusini )
Unga Unga – Kidis, Ekori, Skobo, Kaktus ( Audio Kusini )
Tumechoka – Kidis, Silver, Skobo, Ekori Turkana, Gas Fyatu, Edu Doo Mambo, Kevlexicon, Kaktus ( Okoa Hip Hop Project, Audio Kusini )
Living It, Loving It – Skobo, Silver, Liqweed, Ekori Turkana, Kevlexicon, Kaktus Kusini
Kitu ni ka hio – 32 Records
Sahaulika – Ekori Turkana, Skobo, Gas Fyatu, Blackfella, Edu Doo Mambo, Kaktus, Kevlexicon ( Audio Kusini )
Flamez Mshamba Mwenza is a member of the hip hop duo, Washamba Wenza, hailed as “the next K-shaka.” Washamba Wenza are based in Dandora, recording with G’Ganji records in rongai. His music can be found on reverbnation and youtube.
Where are you from, What was it like growing up?
am from Nairobi kenya grew up in dandora estate which was mostly known for violence and drug abuse. growing up was kind of tricky trying to avoid the violence and drugs and still maintain the hood respect from fellow peers.
nimetoka jiji la nai kenya. nika grow esto yenye i likuaga na vurugu and mihadarati.kukua kwangu ilikua nakshy kujaribu to lenga mizozo na mihadarati na bado ku imarisha heshima kwa marika zangu
What kind of hustles were people involved in?
the normal 8 to 5 jobs, touting, drug peddling stealing and various uncalled for hustles.
kama kawa works kutoka 8am to 5pm kurandaranda, kuuza mihadarati,uizi na mengine mengi licha ya kutafuta..
What does hip hop mean to you, What made you get involved in Hip Hop?
hip hop to me is an intelligent movement aimed at inspiring and uplifting people
through real life experience found in the deep lyrics and that’s basically why am involved.
Hip hop kwangu ni movement ina iam ku inspire na ku-uplift wathii kwa realife expression kupatikana kwenye mistari ya undani na ndio manan najuhusisha na Hiphop.
What do the words ‘kazi’, ‘vijana’ and ‘mshamba’ mean to you?
kazi is occupation one does in order to earn a living.
vijana is the youth who are the majority
mashamba is a hardworking individual who doesn’t have limits..
kazi ni ni jobo yenye msee udunga ndio ajiokole maisha.
Vijana ni mayouths ambao ndio wengi kazika inchi
mshamba ni yule msee hua na bidii na hana mipaka
What is ‘politicking’?
politricking is the nonsense that the politicians keep blubbering about and actually doesn’t help anyone but themselves in particular.
politricking ni upuzi ya wanasiasa ambao wana jichochacha ilhali haisaidi yoyote bali hao wenyewe.
What is “mental slavery?”
it’s the state where someone has locked himself in some kind of mentality based on either lies or some foolish ideologies that he/she is fed or has been learning.
ni hali ya akili ambapo unapata mtu amefungwa na utumwa kwenye akili,iko based kwa udwanzi na ujinga ambozo tumejazwa kichwani ama kusoma.
Can you say anything about the youth drug problems in Kenya?
it is becoming worse as the days go by since the people responsible for stopping are the ones dealing behind the scenes.
haliinazidi kuzoroteka an kua mbovu zaidi masiku zinvo enda na wale ambao wanahusika kustopisha wengine ndio wawe kwa scene.
Who/What is promoting violence, who/what has lessened violence?
promoting —- / —- lessened violence
unemploment — kukosa kazi —- peace forum—mikakati za amani
drugs —kutumia mihadarati —- hood to hood campaign–mita kwa mita kampaini
politicians — wanasiasa —- music—mziki
insecurity — usalama —- non govermental organization–ma N.G.Os
lack of information/education– kuto soma
How are hiphop artists making money from their music today?
basically from shows, selling CDs and coming up with clothing lines as a way of branding yourself and also advertisement.
How do politics and your own personal values impact your work?
am always going against negative politics in my line of work so as i inform/educate my fans about the evil this guys can bring if you allow them to
Besides rappers, who else do you see “doing” hip hop, other artists, dancers, graffiti artists, activists, hustlas, etc. ?
everyone seems to be doing HipHop in one way or another from the streets hawkers, the fans, the pirates, bloggers, social sites and no forgetting the haters am just grateful for the love.
Name your favorite musical artists, who are you listening to sasa ?
Kendrick lamar, sue timon, mohjay, emc, kambi halali, Kalamashaka, Nafsi huru, anga zetu
What are some obstacles you have encountered during your involvement in the hip hop scene(s)?
lack of airplay from major media houses, false promises from promoters when they call you for a performance, lack of proper management, financial issues among many more.
Why do you think there aren’t as many femcees?
they lack proper guidance since male rappers are always trying to take advantage of them, and also due to the belief that male is superior to female, the case of inferiority complex.
How have women contributed to hip hop in East Africa?
majorly, since every hiphop artist came from a woman, as they say, behind every successful hiphopper there are women involved. Though there are not so many femecees the role they play behind the scenes is way bigger than one can imagine
What can you say about the Mau Mau kambi, are there any similar community hip hop projects helping young people today?
I got my inspiration from the senior members of the camp when i started, later became a member, learned a lot from my peers and the seniors, something that still happens till now. The other project so far i know of MAONO TRUST in December and slum sanaa in HURUMA.
What type of community organizations, informal or formal are helping vijana in East Africa leo?
MAONOO TRUST-based in dandora is basically helping every type of talent from football, acting, singing, instrument, rapper,etc and its free to join. SLUM SANAA based in Huruma and also does the same thing. SARAKASI TRUST based in ngara helps artist trough workshops and giving them the platform to showcase their talent.
Could you describe some positive things you have seen hip hop communities doing? Whether it is artists sharing resources, a place to stay, getting linked with work
a lot from teaching young upcoming rappers, sharing links with producers promoters etc. offering people a place to stay when moving from town to town during hustle, uplifting and changing young talented streets kids (CHOKORA) and many more.
What hustles are you working on now? is there such a thing as hip hop jobs? ama only hustling? (Talk about any of your projects, musical or otherwise)
event organizing apart from the recording which i almost do daily since i have several albums that are to be done by the end of this year. merchandizing from cds to t-shirts just to get the extra cash.
What are some of the obstacles/problems facing young people in Kenya today (zote, Lodwar to Dando to Westi?)
unemployment, lack of proper education(illiteracy), poverty, misguiding by political leaders
How are you interacting with artists across the globe and also particularly in East Afrika?
mainly through the internet, social media, and emails. some come visit and i make contact. share and download forums
What sort of positive things do you see happening with young people in Kenya?
the youth are becoming more aware of themselves and their worth. guys are taking on projects and supporting each other in their endeavors.
How can people learn more about your work, music, performances and projects you are involved in?
through the internet and media houses
song title: man eat man society
Ayo…siwezi stroll gizani juu ya wasi wasi haijuani
ka si patrol nashuku napza gongan na thegi
tafauti yao ni merit kawaida wo hutapeli
unyanyasaji maarufu na unakaki wa undugu
napo jaribu jimudu nasulubishwa na uchungu
matanga daily hakukosi kuna biashara kwa coffins
wanakeshanga na moshi ketepa ganja na coffee
kuchange mkwanja hawachoki wamedosika na ngomvi
robberies na gunshots orbutuaries kiabo
motutuares ni busy pia ni habital ya inzi
ni hard hi task si passy ma vigilant ndwio sisi
kile nachunga silence na kwa shida zangu ni petty
lately5 murders ni plenty so niko rada na jeshi
ile ni close ya mbali na ile sielewi kwa jumla
ni paranoia nadhani so msijali i say forever
charity and burning na hawa mati hatutaki.
song: title sigh
me ni source ya mizani misdtari skiza wasia
me ni force the third reason hope kwa kila missionw
me ni hiphop si utani iki check
frsh nai bless
za mic takes si waste lazima food for thought
me ni melodwwy remedy cure ya troubles
tragedy pia ni me uki walk na utalk evil
saouti ya my people na si ati fight ni sample
me ni symbol of streanth role model to many
they say the best are chosen na kumature ni process
ever ready kutake out any type ya misfit
as miss feet six deep fu ali miscount the physics
double double ka discount ndio hizi samples huibuka
me ni ile era erro hukuland kwa terror msela
na vile era area main occupation ni terror
ju ya hela wera bambanya mshamba hachoki ngangana
mahory hodi bishanga maoni ukihoji hutishanga
song title do you see
ni never too late ever serching sipotezangi
wakati daily running mwanaspoti na kile nacheza si kati
kama ni party politricking fikra zao sifuati
na burn ubinafsi na wa sanif ka ketepa kwa umati
the parable of wheat and takes ma snitch na soare
kubonga ka ni truth ni dare ni crystal clear
fighter me wa kila evil brighter days ndo future niko
lighter burdens better life focus iko far from prison
reasons ni a better season ni ati kuna meal kwa jiko
shelter clothing basically pia ni get kufeed the needy
juu ni wa greddy wana speedy kisa ni taki ya usherati
kuna traffic ya hawa wanafiki reason haki haipatikani
kidonda ni ndugu unchungu hua tamaa ya kupona
uhuru lazima ushuru ju hawa mandugu vinyonge
ni ukoloni mambo leo na ati kaburu ni jirani
ama your honey ni ngumu kwa mnyonge kuprosper
flames mshamba mwenza ia a hardcore hiphop rapper
mainly focusing on an inspirational and uplifting music.
born in october 1986 was raised in mainly in dandora nairobi
and abit in mombasa during the early childhood stages.
started his music career back in high school and late
after school teamed up with sue timon did a couple of songs
and then later together with smallz lethal formed washamba
wenza which are currently considered as the next kalamashaka
the future for flamez and washamba wenza looks bright
for its passion motivation from real life issues and the
determination to show a better world that drives him.
Interview conducted by Mohjay. Questions by Kevlexicon.