Poetess Berry Heart has released a new song, ‘Kenya’, as a dedication to the Kenyan Community living in both Botswana and Kenya. The album is expected to be officially released on October 26 during Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s birthday.
The song is dedicated to a orphanage – Mama Fatuma Children’s home – which Heart fell in love with during her first visit to the country in 2013. Mama Fatuma Children’s Home was established by the Kenyan Women’s Organisation as an education and training facility which later converted into a home for orphans and vulnerable children.
The single is a metaphor that compares Kenya to a child that needs to be loved. Through the Botswana Embassy, Berry Heart visited the orphanage as part of her visit as she was scheduled to perform for the orphans. Being touched by the poverty coating those innocent orphans, she made a plea to aid the orphanage annually.
The album was endorsed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who agreed to feature on the cover of the album side by side with Berry Heart. Berry Heart also stated that Kenyatta agreed to support her with recording and all proceeds will be channeled to the Mama Fatuma Foundation to help the children.
Commenting on the new single, she said “Of all the albums I’ve worked on, I feel this one here is my debut, it is close to me and speaks to the masses and most of all honors a child. The single was released on the 23rd of September and the album is to follow on the 26th of October which will be President Uhuru Kenyatta’s birthday. Kenyans have been so hospitable for me and my band since we first visited Kenya. Despite what international media publicize about Kenya, through this album and single, I want to publicize the love and beauty I saw in Kenya as a country,” she said, adding that there is more to talk about Kenya (tourism and hospitality) than disasters that has happened to Kenya in the past.