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Eldoret-Based Gospel Singer Behind Controversial Song ‘Yesu Ninyandue’ Breaks Silence After Huge Criticism

by Paul Nyongesa
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Eldoret-based Gospel singer William Getumbe has found himself embroiled in a firestorm of controversy with the release of his latest song, “Yesu Ninyandue.”

The contentious lyrics of the song have ignited a fierce debate among Kenyans, dividing opinion on its appropriateness within the realm of Christian music.

The uproar stems from specific phrases within the song, such as “Yesu ninyandue, yesu ninyandue, nipate mimba ya imani,” which have been deemed by some as vulgar and blasphemous.

Critics argue that the song’s lyrics trivialize sacred Christian beliefs and traditions, portraying Jesus in a manner that they find disrespectful and irreverent.

In response to the backlash, Getumbe has defended his creative expression, asserting that the word “nyandua” carries multiple meanings and interpretations.

“Nyandua has many meanings. It is slang, but Kenyans have sexualised its connotation. Music often employs indirect language as a form of creativity. In my song, I was petitioning God for elevation. Even Jesus, in his teachings, didn’t reveal everything openly.”

However, critics remain unconvinced, accusing Getumbe of crossing the line between artistic expression and sacrilege.

They argue that certain themes and language have no place in Gospel music and should be approached with reverence and sensitivity.

In his defense, Getumbe has called out what he perceives as hypocrisy within the Christian community. He points to the prevalence of behaviors such as watching pornography among self-professed Christians while condemning his music as inconsistent and contradictory.

“If they deem my song inappropriate, why do they engage in such activities? Why do they contribute to the popularity of secular artists like Diamond? It’s ironic that these same Christians fail to support gospel musicians,” he lamented.

Despite the backlash, Getumbe remains steadfast in his convictions, expressing a willingness to perform the song in church if invited.

“I know Kenyans are not happy about my song and it has elicited various reactions. You expect different reactions from people. Insults have been plentiful, but I’m not affected by them. Kenya is 80% Christian, so if they disagree with my song, then there’s no need for insults,” he remarked.

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