Johanias Kiunya RIP / by Cyrus Moussavi

RIP Johanias Kiunya
Nov 1947 - March 2018

I met Johanias and his son while filming in western Kenya in 2016. A soft spoken and gentle man, he came over to Shem Tube's house and performed this track after we had finished recording with Shem. It was late afternoon, between thunderstorms. He'll be buried tomorrow, March 17.

Sending condolences to his family and friends, and remembering his lovely music today.

Lyrics:

Johanias Kiunya
Mungu Nisaidie (God Help Me)

I have experienced many problems
And now I am really crying
Friends and family you better pray for me

My neighbors, I am tired of your daily noises
I admit I am wrong, but go tell the elders
Personally, I don’t hate anybody
Even wrong doings I cannot revenge

May God himself help me
Until the time of my death

My neighbors surround me with evil
Even my good deeds, they have now rejected
Now I better pray to Almighty God
Even if they do evil, it’s upon them

Personally, I don’t hate anybody
Even wrong doings I cannot revenge
May God himself help me
Until the time of my death.

Translation: Hanningtone Steven
Video and Edit: Cyrus Moussavi
Special Thanks: Naman Obuyi

 Johanias and son

Johanias and son

 Shem Tube, Johanias, Naman Obuyi

Shem Tube, Johanias, Naman Obuyi

 Shem's yard, where we made this recording between thunderstorms

Shem's yard, where we made this recording between thunderstorms