Band on the rise: Webuye International after splitting with JuaKali Band
Written by Rosemary Wachiye
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Pius Wafula of Webuye International band from Webuye area in Bungoma East District formerly of the famous Webuye Juakali band tells his story from dust the platform of musical career in western province.
Born in 1983 at Lugulu village in Bungoma East District, Pius schooled at Lugulu Day Primary School, and then joined Sipala Secondary School after which he started his musical career by joining musical bands as a backup singer and vocalist.
In unity, they formed Webuye Juakali band in 2005 a band that was commonly known in Western more so Bungoma county for its local talent.
It first hit the market with its second album mama mzazi others commonly know it as mayi lingangule in Bukusu language to mean a lady who indulged in prostitution being criticized as a bad moral in the society.
The group later on fell apart on October 2011 after releasing several hit songs in unison in the Bukusu language among them, My Dear, Ambamutalia and many others following group wrangles that led to division between them and forming two groups one led by Pius Wafula formerly a backup singer and another by David Barasa who was the lead singer.
During his live interview at West Fm radio during ZA KIKWETU Program on Saturday 17th March 2012, Wafula spoke of his new band, Webuye International as a new fountain to greater possibilities and greater heights and terms the separation as just but a move to broaden the former group even more.
“We might have fallen apart in the music industry but Barasa and I are still good friends and we can even perform on the same podium though we now do our music recordings and productions separately,” said Wafula.
Wafula praised Webuye International, of its fast move to release most recent songs like, Ngongo, Mukoye, Silimungubo, Liloba, Nmabwa, Bubwami and Ekombe.
He stated that Mukoye, the lead song in that album passes the message of unity among the Luhya community in all developmental issues as well as producing a leader of ages from the community.
The song cites examples of the leaders from luhya community who did get much chance to see the light, Masinde Muliro and Wamalwa Kijana and hence calls for the people to carry on the tradition of tying a rope on your waist whenever bereaved as a way of remembering the leaders who passed on and hence work together for the better of the community.
“Mukoye Munda appeals to all the luyha communities to work together, the youths, the women and the men so that the community will one day shine against through a leader of their own,” said Wafula.
He criticized musicians who sang in praise of specific politicians terming it musical suicide because not all audiences may like the politician being praised and that may lead to some of them in turn rejecting the music produced.