Muthoni Drummer Queen – ‘Power’

Power Muthoni 2Power Muthoni 1Power Muthoni 3

Today, the world celebrates ‘International Women’s Day‘, a constant and sad reminder that humanity still needs to remember itself about gender equality. Kenyan rap artist Muthoni Drummer Queen just provided us with a proper anthem for the day. Her new title ‘Power‘ is a feminist manifesto that denunciates patriachial societies and likewise portrays female strenght. As the artist puts it at the end of the video, her song is dedicated to “the many women who organise and resist oppression, break molds and defy stereotypes, forge paths and occupy space”. As the puissant line “Getting Loud. Getting Louder” resonates throughout the song, the kenyan singer insists on the fact that women themselves should determine their fate.

“Yeah we’ve always been great, for a long time now

But you always debate, for a long time now

What a woman should make, what a woman should take

But you never ask a woman, what a basic mistake?

… This is for the women who came before for us

Who build the world for us, who made it work for us

The video – directed by Swiss filmmaker Mei Fa Tangives credit to strong Kenyan women in past and present. It shows female Boxing champion Judy Waguthii, who won the WBC Silver Super Lightweight championship in 2018. It also remembers women who protested in Uhuru Park in Nairobi in 1992 for the release of political prisoners. According to the Global Nonviolent Action Database the women (aged 60-70) faced brutal police violence but still continued their protest:

“On March 3, the Moi government decided to forcibly disperse the demonstrators. Government police forces beat protesters with batons, fired gunshots into the air, and hurled tear-gas into the tent where protesters were gathered. To ward off the police, three of the protesting mothers stripped their clothing, shook their breasts, and shouted, “What kind of government is this that beats women! Kill us! Kill us now! We shall die with our children!” The police forces responded by turning away and leaving the scene.”

Pictures: Screenshots, Youtube video

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s