Jah Prayzah’s mother, Shelly, was a society “tete”, a Family Planning Officer who was responsible for distributing and training on contraception in the community. She rode her bicycle to work, and was popular for waving at her neighbours in the hood and shouting out “Handichatsaukire ndasiya mhuri yangu!”(I shall not pass by your house, I am rushing to my kids back home!) In a typical rural setting, one greets and acknowledges everyone along the way, usually stopping over for a few minutes for a brief chat. But Shelly rarely has time for these stopovers, so she waves and excuses herself instead.
The song is a dedication to his mother, where he thanks her for the struggles she went through, the tears she shed, the sleepless nights she had, and for being there for the family, taking care to their needs. A totem-themed emotional but upbeat song, it pays tribute also to his mother’s clan, the Seke Mutema clan; he acknowledges his maternal uncles who are referred to by their first names and playfully, their nicknames and totems, as well as his whole maternal family.