Lucy Musa features Mwai Kibaki's 'Kubaff' in new video

A collage of Lucy Musa and former President Mwai Kibaki.

Australian-based Kenyan star Lucy Musa has released a new music video, Kubaff. This is yet another project that is likely to stir controversy and debate following her January Uwiii.

The Uwii release trended for weeks thanks to its theme in which Lucy Musa hinted on a real life scam story where her former lover swindled her. Coincidentally, the Kubaff song is a follow-up release where she refers this man as “kubaff” as she escapes from their house in their estranged love relationship. In the video, she is seen packing her clothes and leaving the man asleep in bed, that before hitting the road following their break-up.

The song uses former President Mwai Kibaki’s popular ‘Kubaff’ (kumbafu) diss phrase, one that loosely translates as stupid. It features two TV clips, the most memorable ones in Kibaki’s era.

“I am going away and I won’t come back. You are (just) kubaff,” Lucy sings repetitively, a catchy refrain embedded on an afro-fusion tune.

“This particular song has been inspired by Kenyans and their culture. Kenyans are easy people who usually go with the flow. They easily pick trends like they did the “Kubaff” trend and make social fun out of it for social relieve without necessarily focusing on the hardships that they face and have to deal with. In Kenya, people can fuse out any storm and make fun out of every calamity,” Lucy says.

“This is why the songs ends up on a positive tone like most social media trends in Kenya do. This is something anyone can relate with. It’s just never that serious,” she says.

In her music comeback move four months ago, she lit up the internet with her Forex Trader skit that went viral. In the skit, popular comedian DJ Shiti is heard 'scamming' the diaspora-based Lucy Musa to release finances for an investment project back at home.

In an interview with Pulse, the star said this was based on a real personal experience and true story. She however refrained from naming the culprit only insinuating that it is someone in public limelight.

Lucy Musa is expected in Nairobi soon where she is working on a number of music projects and is involved in upcoming concert.


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