Ugandan rapper based in the US, GNL Zamba(Ernest Nsimbi) has explained how he came up with his hit song “soda” which was popularly known as “soda jinjaale”, which trended in the 2000s.
On September 30, 2022, singer Iryn Namubiru put up a post, requesting clarification on the ” soda jinjaale” phrase in a traditional cultural song.
“BANANGE! I need your help if you know Luganda well and remember a certain folk song; mulungi munange ehhh, mulungi munange obulidde ewal’who(soda jinjaale), atambul’agenda. Is it sooda jinjaale OR soda Ginger Ale?” She asked.
In reply to her, Zamba explained that the word is “Soda Ginger Ale” but was picked up by Baganda and made it sound like it is a Luganda word.
“It is a Ginger Ale, it only became jinjaale the same way Bakuli was derived from Barclay, the colonial officer of that area!,” he wrote and added, “when I sampled the sound for my album I was seeking songs to bridge the gap between generations, that is how we discovered an old recording of a soda advert done by a bakisimba troupe.”
Zamba added that using the cultural theme, he managed to come up with more songs in the same line like “koyi koyi” and several others.
“They lugandarized the soda ginger ale to soda jinjaale. The theme for my maiden album was tradition meeting urban, the folk song was a perfect fit for koyi koyi,” he said.
GNL Zamba is perceived by many as the grandfather of hip-hop in Uganda. He inspired the coming of rappers such as; Gravity Omutujju, Feffe Busi, Da Agent, Kian Banks, and several more. He is known for hit songs; Uganda Yaffe, ani yali amanyi, kikankane, dear hip-hop, sesetula, story ya luka, and several more.