Mahatma & Pande Zote Mbili: My Affiliation | November 28, 2008

He might not be very known to you. I personally think he is either lazy or opts to lie so low that when an envelope drops, he lies deep down below it. He is Mahatma. The first time I heard of him was around 2003 December he had just done this song called “Pande Zote Mbili” Here is the video.

I came to like this song because at the time it was released, I had just dropped out of college. I had not impregnated anybody’s daughter but with the troubles I was going through at the time, I was dead broke, no job, the jobs that came through were car washing, delivery of heavy Kenya Postel directories that involved walking long distances in hot sun on heavy timbs, then javing in a KBS jioni, there after loosing the small pay I got to either the police or the hood extortionists. I remember hitting on a certain chik and she turned out to be a kiawa’s (Mungiki) chik. You dont want to imagine what I went through for that. Those not in the know, javing was my hood’s sheng for shiki-li-a-ing that chuma in the middle of those KBS buses or a kawaida matatu in an overload situation like you are javelin participant. Hence javing.

Listening to Mahatma, I felt I wasnt the only one going through troubles. We shared shida milioni. But it never stopped me. Some of my problems back then may have been sorted out now, but this didnt stoping me loving the song. I hope some of Mahatma’s problems were ironed out too.

The next time I heard of him, he was in a track with Nonini (few months before he left Calif) and Jua Cali. This time the song was Labda, Si Wageni, Mtu Saba. The collabo is a whole post all together. You might not have heard it but it was a deadly hit to those who have followed Jua Cali & Nonini’s career. He also provided some mumbles to the hit song Keroro by Nonini. Mahatma then did the chorus for Jua Cali on the song Bidii Yangu. “Nataka tu heshima yako, nataka tu furaha yakoo…….” Thats all I have heard from Mahatma. Three songs in the last 5 years. May be Calif Records has more from him, but thats all I know and judging from this, I feel him and I rate him highly.  Hope he wakes up from his deep slumber.



  1. fisties….
    Well, Mahatma has been way tooooo silent. I liked him the first time i heard the line “miaka ishirini na tatu, bado naishi kwetu” – i really needed to move out of my paroz. He really must wake up.

    Comment by mboiz — November 30, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  2. word. i like this.

    i am looking forward to more articles Gream.

    Comment by 31337 — December 3, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  3. I am not familiar with any of his songs… but I liked the collabo with nonini and his soulful reprise in bidii yangu is great.

    Comment by KK — December 8, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

  4. I was still hanging out in your old digz.

    Comment by bomseh — December 10, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

  5. Hey

    You’ve got to love Kenyan hip hop…& Twitter (that’s how I found you 🙂 )

    Mahatma!!! The dude needs to make an appearance soon…loved him in Labda…

    Keep it Kenyan..

    Comment by theshaboozle — October 15, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

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