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You Need to Watch This Girl Sing Kenyan Oldies Over ‘Controlla’

Youtuber Michelle Bisonga effortlessly weaves Drake’s “Controlla” with a slew of popular Kenyan hits that have us feeling nostalgic.

Youtuber Michelle Bisonga effortlessly weaves Drake’s “Controlla” with a slew of popular Kenyan hits that have us feeling nostalgic.


In her Youtube video, Bisonga covers all of your fave Kenyan classics, including songs by E-sir, Swahili Nation, Nameless, Jua Cali, Amani, Wyre, Sauti Sol and more, over Drizzy’s beat. The singing starts about :27 seconds in.

Bisonga decided to record the fun rendition after seeing someone else do covers over “Controlla,” opting to only feature Kenyan oldies instead.

In an e-mail to Okayafrica she mentions : “I have loved music since I was young and I grew up listening to [these] songs. Whenever they would come on the radio I would simply lose my mind. Back then artists had so much drive and originality. We had music that would define us as a country. That's why I didn't cover ‘today's’ music.”

The memorable medley includes: “Mpenzi,” “Boomba,” “Bad Boy,” “Mos Mos,” “Lazizi,” “Kiasi,” “Bless My Room,” “Furahiday,” and ends with the actual “Controlla.”

Bisonga is working her way back into the music business after her previous band, Enzi, disbanded.

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Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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