Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua has endorsed the viral Kikuyu song dubbed Firirinda.
The song was released by veteran Kikuyu musician Dick Munyonyi in 1986 but only became a hit recently after it was shared on social media by journalist Jeff Kuria, winning the heart of many Kenyans.
It has taken the internet by storm, with Kenyans inventing Firirinda dance challenge. Murang’a MCAs danced to the song after passing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Mutua termed Firirinda as a traditional song that depicts the warmth and joy of welcoming visitors, adding that it is fit for consumption by people of all ages.
“FIRIRINDA (Free rinda) is the kind of content we want. It's a nice traditional song based on Kenya's culture. The song is approved by KFCB for consumption by people of all ages. It depicts the warmth and joy of welcoming visitors!” Mutua wrote on Facebook.
“It’s derived from “free rinda” one of the dance moves by women where the dress moves freely. It’s one of the ways Kikuyu women used to show off to visitors. The “soloist” calls out “tumonie firirinda!” Mutua added.
Munyonyi, who began his career in 1971, has been battling tuberculosis and now plays the guitar when his son, who took after him musically, performs.