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Pizza Gurl - Essi (Official Video)
Music & concept by Essi Videography & sunflower earrings by StarSunflower Thank you to my mom for inspiring this song (she IS the pizza gurl!) Thank you to Starsunflower for holgin' it down with the camera Thank YOU for watching! Pizza Gurl is available on all platforms, please stream every time you have pizza.. any other time works as well(: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/essi1/pizza-gurl Become a Patron! You could get art from my heart sent to you, guitar lessons, and more!: https://www.patreon.com/essisings?fan_landing=true Keep up with Essi: EssiSings.com Instagram.com/essisingss
Essi Original: O Mwenge-Nyaga
This song is about traditional indigenous Gikuyu religion. I wrote, produced, and performed this for my World Religions final project with Professor J. Trent at Wake Tech Community College. The objective was to imagine the reaction of people from the religion of my choice to COVID-19/a pandemic based on facts that I have researched. Thesis: In the face of COVID-19, I think that people who practice indigenous African Religions would perform rituals for the land, pray, and continue to show respect for their ancestors so that God would help them get through the pandemic. I will specifically be talking about the Gikuyu (Kikuyu) people who were mentioned in chapter two of the textbook, Invitation to World Religions. The Gikuyu would pray during a pandemic because "the Kikuyu were monotheists, believing in a unique and omnipotent God whom they called Ngai" (Finke). I believe the Gikuyu would continue to respect their ancestors through pandemic because "The Gikuyu believe that if the spirits of the dead are neglected, they can harm the living..." (Little, p. 69). Rituals such as sacrifices in a time of pandemic would be performed because the Gikuyu also perform sacrifices "on great occasions, such as...at the ceremony of purifying a village after an epidemic" (Finke). Song Analysis: "O Mwene-Nyaga" is a phrase people who practice traditional indigenous Gikuyu religion use when they pray to their supreme god, Mwene-Nyaga. People who practice traditional indigenous Gikuyu religion yell and scream instead of crying when they grieve the dead, and they sing Gikuyu burial songs and dance at their funerals. Ugo is the word Gikuyu people use for medicine -- there is not any (reliable) ugo yet for COVID-19. People who practice Indigenous Gikuyu religion put their tribe members who were sick in a sacred forest. The person who was sick was given a string that they pulled on to let the village know that they were still alive. Mwene-Nyaga is thought to live on Mt. Kenya or Kere-Nyaga. Ngai is another name for Mwene-Nyaga, the supreme being. Sacrifices are made at high places to be closer to Mwene-Nyaga. Most desirably sacrifices will be done under a mugumo tree, a fig tree that is a traditional symbol of Gikuyu society, religious ceremony, and ancestral spirits. Gikuyu people are traditionally buried facing Kere-Nyaga and traditional indigenous Gikuyu people's homes were built to face Kere-Nyaga. Kere-Nyaga is very important in many ways. People who practice traditional indigenous Gikuyu religion believe that their ancestor, Gikuyu, was told by god to raise his hands towards Kere-Nyaga after every sacrifice he made. "Thaai thathaiya Ngai thaai." is a Gikuyu saying that means "may peace prevail between God and man." Work Cited “Chapter 2: Indigenous African Religions.” Invitation to World Religions, by Jeffrey Brodd et al., Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 63–87. Finke, Jens. “Kikuyu Religion and Beliefs - Traditional Music & Cultures of Kenya.” Blue Gecko, www.bluegecko.org/kenya/tribes/kikuyu/beliefs.htm. Goldane, Jenny. “Cultural Spotlight: Kikuyu People of Kenya Funeral Traditions.” Frazer Consultants, 17 Aug. 2020, frazerconsultants.com/2019/08/cultural-spotlight-kikuyu-people-of-kenya-funeral-traditions/. “The Kikuyu Tribe.” Kenya Advisor – The Independent Kenya Travel Guide, www.kenya-advisor.com/kikuyu-tribe.html. Lyrics: O Mwene-Nyaga, the greatest elder supreme being. You hear us yell and scream when we see our family sick and dying of disease. COVID-19 Still we sing and dance in our best dress, we still will not touch our dead. There is no ugo yet Our tribe is dying in the sacred forest. O Mwene-Nyaga, who dwelleth on Kere-Nyaga You will give us strength to fight for what you gave us. Ngai who resides on Mt. Kenya O Mwene-Nyaga the greatest elder supreme. Sacrifices under the mugumo tree At a high place where you can see me Thaai thathaiya Ngai thaai. Hands raised to the mountain Heads face the mountain Homes welcome the mountain O Mwene-Nyaga, the greatest elder supreme being. Thaai thathaiga Ngai thaai Thaai thathaiga Ngai thaai Keep up with Essi: EssiSings.com Instagram.com/EssiSingss Patreon.com/EssiSings
Essi also samples and remixes her favorite songs! Essings is her producer name. Below are those remixes.