There are certain things in life whose sheer beauty, the genius behind their creation, and their very existence is at best a reminder of a divine Being who controls the universe.
Elechi Amadi’s Concubine was an absolute work of pure magic. You couldn’t make it better or in anyway improve it: prosewise, plotwise,stylewise….
Mpongo Love’s 1975 classic Rumba song Ndaya was 100 per cent.
So was Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick-goal against Manchester City a few years ago.
For hip-hop lovers, Warren G and Nate Dogg’s 1994 monster hit Regulate will remain forever fresh, if it were released today, it will be a monster hit. Ditto Keith Sweat’s Twisted
Ditto Men of Vizion’s Break Me Off. Ditto Outcast’s Hey yeah…And of course Kelly Rowland’s Lay it on Me.
Back to football, Van Persie’s volley against Everton following that killer cross from Alexander Song (there was a second replica goal with Liverpool same season) was pure class.
Back to music. Some people release only one song that will define their entire career. That one song is worth all their contribution to the world. Culture Club’s Karma chameleon comes to mind. Peter Andre’s Mysterious Girl too. And of course Bobby Mapesa’s verse in Nonini’s Mtoto Mzuri is the greatest verse ever written in Kenya. Klepto’s Tuendelee will never be matched
Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in 2008 was one such thing. Nelson Mandela’s autobiography 100%. Chinua Achebe’s The Trouble with Nigeria is everlasting. Strange how 34 years, Nigeria is still so messed up.
Sidney Sheldon’s novels,save for one or two were incredible thrillers.
Albert Einstein summarised the universe.
Closer home…that Nyambane dance as Moi to Extra Musica’s Etat Major was a defining point in our country’s commedy. If anything, everything Redyukulas(sp) did was epochal.
Madilu System was an unusually gifted singer. His signature laughter and career after Franco died is something we should be thankful for Julinana Kanyomozi and Bushoke’s Usiende Mbali will make you fall in live with a tree.
Avocados and lemons are the best foods in the world. Imagine life without avocados and lemons? what about Kenyan politics WITHOUT Raila?
I can go on. But you get the drift.
Lastly,for reggae lovers, Captain TT, Lord Laro, I Jah Man Levi, Lerroy Sibles, Klear View and Harmonix, Israel Vibrations and Bunny Wailer did give us some really memorable tunes.