Where is Bamba and why did President Uhuru break his speech to sing 'Safari Ya Bamba ni Machero'

One road is however on everybody’s lips, the Mariakani – Bamba road after Uhuru specifically mentioned it in his speech and even break into a song to celebrate his achievement.

 

He particularly emphasised on infrastructure especially the road network stating his administration had undertaken the most aggressive road construction program ever seen in Kenya. With 1,950 kilometres of new roads completed, and another 7000 kilometres under different phases of construction.

One road is however on everybody’s lips, the Mariakani – Bamba road after Uhuru specifically mentioned it  in his speech and even break into a song to celebrate his achievement.

"In Kilifi, the construction of the 51 kilometre Mariakani-Bamba road means that the famous song Safari Ya Bamba ni Machero needs to be recomposed to Safari Ya Bamba ni Rero” Uhuru said before doing justice to the famous song which lead to MPs standing up and applauding him.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday launched the construction of the 2.1 billion famous Mariakani-Bamba road in Kilifi County.

The 45km road will be the first tarmacked road in Ganze Constituency when completed this year.

Before the road was impassable especially during rainy season while during warm season it was a hot bowl of dust.

13km of the 45km road has already been tarmacked, with 20km graveled in readiness for tarmacking.

Once completed the road is expected to open up the area to investors and enhance business for residents.

About the song, 'Safari Ya Bamba' it is a Giriama folk song and was supposedly written and composed by George Acogny, a famous hollywood composer. Over the years it has evolved to be a classical song and several international choirs have performed it including Muungano National Choir and Safaricom Youth Orchestra (SYO).

Here is a video of the timeless classic song featured in the Ghost and the Darkness (1996) movie.

The soundtrack was all performed by the World Beaters.

The Ghost And The Darkness Soundtrack - 15.Safari ya Bamba The Ghost And The Darkness Soundtrack - 15.Safari ya Bamba

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