Coke Studio Africa – The Sexy Red Song

By on October 31, 2015

There are very many songs that have reference to the colour red so much that along the way one can easily lose track of which is the better one. Right from ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ by Paul Wing With Russ Case And His Orchestra all the way back in 1948 up until today, there has been a whole lot of musical redness.

I love the colour Red so I am keen to keep track of songs that have the mention of the word Red in the title or lyrics.

The ‘Red’ songs that come to mind real quick include ‘A Juicy Red Apple’ by Skin Up in 1992, ‘Red Light Special’ by TLC in 1995, ‘Runnin’ For The Red Light (I Gotta Life)’ by Meat Loaf in 1996, ‘Ol’ red’ by Black Shelton in 2002. ‘Red Rag Top’ by Tim McGraw in 2002, ‘Red Morning Light’ by Kings of Leon in 2003,’ Red Carpet’ by R. Kelly in 2004, ‘Redneck’ by Lamb of God in 2006, ‘Red Nation’ by The Game and Lil Wayne in 2011, ‘Wrapped in Red’ by Kelly Clarkson in 2013 among others.

When I first listened to ‘Nakupenda’ by Juliana Kanyomozi & Flavour the other day, the first thing that crossed my mind was ‘Ok Here is another Red song’, but why isn’t it called ‘Red’?. Anyone who understands Swahili knows that ‘Nakupenda’ is a word that has nothing to do with colour – unless its the colour of love. Even with my rather half baked swahili, I can understand that it simply means ‘I Love You’.

However, the song starts off with the lines “Your favourite colour is Red …”. Right in that moment I thought to myself that the song was made for me. I mean, not too many males have Red as their favourite colour. As a matter of fact, it is quite possible that no man except myself loves Red as much.

When I first heard that Julianna and Flavour were doing a mash-up called ‘Nakupenda’ quite naturally I was keen to find out how these two contrasting individuals would match up with each other.

When Julianna starts the song off with the Red line, I look around the room to make sure that I am all by myself so I can rightfully claim the damn song before we go any further.

And then I realise I am all by myself. Cool. Let us proceed.

Somewhere along the way, my mind is lost in the song because not only does Julianna mention ‘…the colour of love…’, there is mention of singing and dancing. I am not so sure who wrote Julianna’s lines but whoever they are, I think I like them a little more. Singing and dancing are my two favourite things – after making love and playing PS. So naturally, I am already in heaven before the song is halfway.

The three girls backing Julianna up are like mermaids – innocently and passionately swaying to the music and making it seem like they just walked out of a recording session at Mo-Town Records. Between the mermaids’ finger snapping, the mellow guitar riffs and the dominant saxophone in the background, there is a lot of love in the air.

GirlsI need me one of these mermaids!

I have never quite paid too much attention to Flavour and his music mostly because girls are always all over him and as a guy who can’t sing I feel somewhat threatened. I mean, the guy can sing, he is a looker and he’s got a unique hair style – just the things women love. Also, he is from West Africa so, we are not necessarily the best of buddies.

But with this song, it feels like his charm and poise match Julianna’s nearly all the way. By the time his lines come on, I can almost hear myself think ‘Flavour dude, is there anything wrong you are going to do? Ever?’ The fella is so prim and proper with his music.

At this point, I am keen to listen to his lines and judge him as harshly as I possibly can.

No one deserves to have Julianna look at them like that. No one!

When Flavour starts to sing, I slowly recline in my seat because it appears this fella has Julianna in the palm of his hands and she has him in hers. He isn’t just singing with her, he is singing to her. Goodness!

SongWhat a perfect fit!

Turns out Flavour is a fine singer. So fine that even if he sang in my native language Ateso, he would probably sound a thousand times better than many musicians I know. This guy’s lines come on and not only does he sound like a disguised Professor of English from Oxford, he sounds like a fella who is wooing your woman for the night.

Somewhere along the way, Flavour says “….You are my rainbow, you are my sunshine …” lines that I believe should not be used without intention of marriage. This guy looks at Julianna, stretches his hand and says those words.

And then I think to myself – He wants to marry her!

By the time they join each other on the vocals, it is almost quite clear that they are going to ‘do the sex’ right after the song. So much desire and passion in each other’s eyes. It does not help that Julianna looks straight into Flavour’s eyes, raises her right hand to his shoulder and leans in for what I suppose should have been a kiss but turns out to be nothing more than just two musicians putting their heads together – literally.


When you put two musical heads together you can be sure there will be perfection

If they did walk away from each other, then God help me because it appears I am perverted.

Red has been, still is and will continue to be my favourite colour. If you think I am the only one who sees the awesome sexiness of this song, go over to YouTube and look at the comments on the song.

What a song!

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