Song 6: Bhano Motaana Yesu
This song explains what happens to people who don't have Jesus. It's trying to convince people to believe in Jesus by mentioning all the bad things that happen to people who don't have Jesus. All of the things listed here could realistically happen in communities in Tanzania. Some of them are things that people usually go to witches and witch doctors to fix. Some of the lyrics at the end imply that there is some kind of connection to circumcision ceremonies (rites of passage into adulthood) and/or celebrations. I don't know much about those, but this would be a sort of repurposing of that kind of music, and even those sorts of events for Jesus.
Roughly translated, Steve says the reason we produced these songs is to show people here that we can, and it's good to worship God in local, traditional languages and music styles with traditional acoustic instruments. We also want to encourage other musicians that doing this is possible, and desirable. In his closing comments, Steve also wants to welcome prayer for the ministry we are doing here. To his comments, I'll add that songs like the Kuria songs on this album are extremely rare, and their value not well understood by the typical Tanzanian, or even Kuria Christian. From what I understand also, Kuria people are not likely to support "Kuria things" just because they're Kuria. The songs are being well received, but it's still an unfamiliar combination in long established Tanzanian Christian culture, as it were. Christian songs in the Kuria language do exist, but Steve's are different in their use of traditional, live instruments and not an arranger keyboard. For these reasons, getting support from the surrounding community is difficult.
We are releasing the video for the Kuria songs and two of the Swahili songs here in TZ in two concerts, one on April 25th and the other on May 30th. The videos for these songs specifically are not available online just now, but will likely eventually appear on Steve's YouTube Channel, here.
Please be in prayer for Steven as he continues in the ministry the Lord has given him and for the Lord's provision to be evident in it. Pray that the Lord will grow his ministry and raise up others like it in Tanzania!