Kenya has over 40 different language groups (tribes). There are some Kenyans who can spot another Kenyan’s language group just by looking at him or her. I have never been any good at this. Not wanting to feel left out I devised my own little game. It doesn’t have a name but if it did it would be called Mtu Wetu” . Loosely translated it means ‘our person’ .
The game is very simple; When I see a non Kenyan black celebrity I try to imagine if they were Kenyan, what tribe they would belong to. An example, Jill Scott – she looks like could pass for a Kikuyu. Call her Muthoni and no one would know the difference.
There are some celebrities I have been unable to place. Usher was one such celebrity, until I heard Pop Your Collar .
Way back in the day there was a Kiswahili song called Vidonge whose chorus lyrics were:
Wape wale vidonge vyao.
In Pop You Collar Usher says this:
You perpetrators, I got something to say
You can eat it or throw it away
My conclusion: Usher is mtu wetu – 100% Coastarian.
Vidonge’s Kiswahili-English translation
Give them their medicine/pills.
If they swallow it or spit it out
That is their problem.