After the success of his 2010 debut album Misubbaawa, which saw him winning the Radio France International (rfi) Discoveries Music Award, Maurice Kirya releases a great video. It’s titled-Don’t Wanna Fight, the first video off of his yet untitled sophomore album.
It’s in this video that the mwoyo(soul) singer unveils his new image to his fans; a clean shaven head, and a pair of ray ban shades. An image I prefer to call the fried-sausage look. I guess the high picture contrast in the video is to blame partly, because Maurice looks just like that– a freshly fried sausage.
The joke a side! Maurice Kirya actually tries to adopt playful yet timeless themes in this video. It has him standing in the street with fireworks blasting off in the background, and eventually drifts off to show clips of him and some white folks trying to light and release flying ‘Rapunzel’ lanterns.
Unlike most Kirya videos, were he sits there plucking the guitar for the greatest part, I’m glad he makes an effort to dance in this one.
The song’s chorus,
“Bwonobakub’emigo Olinga Ekyenyanja (x4)
I don’t wanna fight, I just want to sing,”
Though toneless, it is fairly catchy. Maurice tries to resurrect his childhood memories, with the olinga ekyenyanja line, which is the sung version of a popular Jamaican beat from the 90’s. Something that every 90’s baby understands and relates to.
With this new direction that Maurice Kirya is taking, I’m certain a lot of new fans will want to get on board, but it will be tough keeping the ones who had been around and fallen in love with his previous guitar embellished tracks like ‘Misubaawa’, and ‘I Will Sing’.