REVIEW: Lily Kadima cries out for love on ‘Otandiza’


It’s many a musician’s dream to have their single pumping up on dance floors allover, doing rotation on airwaves and generally being appreciated by a good number of people. If that’s what Lily Kadima set out to get, she definitely gets that on Otandiza, her 2019 single.

Premiered on Monday 18th March 2019, Otandiza is a lovey-dovey song delivered on a heavy syncopated dancehall beat and, to keep true to her fusionist background, dressed in 5 languages; French, Lusoga, Luganda, English and Swahili.

On Otandiza, Lusoga for ‘Don’t make me cry’, Lily Kadima cries out to this guy to believe she wants him bad and as thus should not just walk away. She paints all visual pictures to get him to best believe her cry. “Sirina njawulo na kagabi akutubidde mu katera nga kalajaana…” Luganda to mean she’s not different from a deer that’s trapped and bleating for help. You need to catch the delivery of emotions on this 3 minutes 38 seconds song.

For the visuals, NG Films (Nolton & Goerge) scores not too well on many fronts but for a plus, they employ a duo-tone coloring concept which we are bound to see more of this year. With or without this video, the audio, produced by Ricky Expendable, nonetheless sounds better and maintains all aspects of a nice song.

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Get your Otandiza fix below.


Do not get it twisted that Lily Kadima, born Lillian Nazziwa, is just recently getting relevance, no. Lily Kadima has over the years curved herself out as a fusion artiste (she calls herself a fusionist) and has benefited from merging different music genres to have an unexplainable uniqueness to her music. Otandiza takes on a rather different concept.

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I personally love Lily Kadina all the way but ‘Otandiza’ is bond to thrust her int the space of ‘everyday music consumers’ and that is a good thing if you ask me. Commercially, the song makes Lily Kadina more bookable given its rich appeal to multiple audiences. The video lacks in a lot of aspects but I still love the per delivered by the audio.

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Ian Kiryowa

Born and bred in Jinja, Ian is a full-time content creator at Skizar. When not held up at Skizar, Ian is a creative with interests in graphics and web design.
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