Chama Chama

 

Our eight-person team from the University Church of Christ in Malibu recently spent two weeks in Kenya on a mission trip and experienced the full spectrum of emotions, which most definitely included gut-busting laughter. One of the chief causes of hilarity was a popular Swahili song titled, Chama Chama (translated, Party, Party). It is unbelievably long (fourteen minutes) and the cheesiest kind of romantic, which is even funnier when the sultry voice transitions from Swahili to broken English, e.g., “I can’t get off my eyes from your photos.”

One day we were touring Mathare Valley, a famed slum in Nairobi, and were crammed into a tiny shanty when surprisingly Chama Chama blasted across a neighbor’s radio. Our host was confused by our initial reaction and then burst into laughter when we burst into song.

I took pictures and video clips from our trip and assembled a video to chronicle our trip—the sessions with the graduates, the home and work visits, the safari, and the friendships, both old and new. Of course the video is fourteen minutes long, and of course Chama Chama is the soundtrack. I doubt anyone beyond the eight of us who were there really want to watch, but it might be worth it just to join the Chama Chama phenomenon that is now sweeping Southern California.

4 responses to “Chama Chama

  1. Sandy Ross Smith

    Now I have Chama Chama running through my head!! Loved your story and loved your video.

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  2. garymoore1@aol.com

    Quite and experience, Al. Thanks. –Gary =======

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  3. Patricia Jean

    I thought it fitting that “Party Party” was playing and Hallelujah was being sung when the young man was baptized!! I could envision a party taking place in Heaven at that moment. The ingenuity of those attempting to pass through the rectangle was delightful. Loved seeing the whole thing! Thanks for sharing.

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