Exray

Musician Tony Kinyanjui, popularly known as Exray, who composed the song 'Sipangwingwi'. 

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Of cultural planning and the new language of ‘Sipangwingi’

What you need to know:

  • Historical Linguistics suggests that languages are always undergoing transformation.
  • Systems that keep too tight a grip on formal, “standard” usage end up stagnating.

Matters musical, planning and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are on my mind. The main stimulants of my thoughts are the Sipangwingi craze that hit me on my recent brief visit to Nairobi, and the admission of the DRC to the East African Community. Can you read significant connections among these developments?

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