East African Artistes 'Unofficially Break' Guinness World Record


242 East African musicians came together at the Ongea Music Summit in Nairobi to make an attempt in breaking the Guinness World record record for the longest officially released song. The result has been released and it was an impressive 4 hours, 4 minutes and 2 seconds beating the last record - 3:01:50. According to Guinness World Records, the longest officially released song is ‘In the Garden’ sung by US choir PC III.11.

The song titled "One People" drew upcoming artistes, aspiring musicians and the established lot like Kenya’s H_Art the Band, Winyo, Nina Ogot, Phy Ng’etich and Chris Adwar. The Kenyan artistes were joined by Munyakazi Deo and Angel Mutoni from Rwanda, Jeff Mduma and Lambson from Tanzania and from Cameroon Macase Band.

Get the song on Mdundo

So here's how it all happened - Artville Studios set up a makeshift studio on location at the ONGEA Music Summit where at first up to 151 musicians managed to get into the studio showing interest to participate. Joe Masterkeyz, Artville’s creative producer, was tasked with recording, editing and mastering the song - a tedious task but in the end a job well done. He said it was quite a challenge to create the concept and bring the vision together but having the opportunity to work with artistes from different backgrounds and genres was quite exciting.

Phy at ONGEA

Martin Nielsen the CEO of Mdundo says, "We are thrilled to see our artists coming together, not for money or fame but to do something big. Our industry is often criticized for not doing that." Head of Music at Mdundo Shyqo Koinange adds, “It’s a thing of beauty that we managed to do by recording a 4:04:02 long song with a great message. This is one for for the history books."

Congrats to all the artistes and Mdundo/ONGEA for the great project!