WATCH: Capetonian driver’s Uber theme song lights up the Mother City

2017-12-21 09:20
Capetonian Uber-driver Evington Mushanyuri in the recording studio. (Supplied)

Capetonian Uber-driver Evington Mushanyuri in the recording studio. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - "I like Uber. I love Uber. I will use Uber for good," sings Capetonian Uber driver, Evington Mushanyuri, who has composed an Uber theme song that is taking the Mother City by storm.

"All my customers love it ninety-five percent are obsessed with it," Mushanyuri, 32, told News24.

"The tourists, they keep asking me to replay it. They call it star worthy."

Released in November, the three-minute song explains that the international taxi service is convenient.

With piano and drums playing in the background, Mushanyuri, who also goes by the name Big Master, sings: "One, it's convenient. Two, it's reliable. Three, you know who is your driver. Four, you know which car is coming for you."

At one point, Mushanyuri says, when people think they are smart they "order Uber black". 

"When I’m drunk, I don’t really care. When I’m far from home, I don’t worry because Uber is there for me."

"Mister Uber, please come take me home," the lyrics continue.

Mushanyuri, originally from Zimbabwe, says he was inspired to create a song to help create marketing material for the service. 

He has been an Uber driver for the past three years.

"I thought, if I make the song the Uber marketing teams [will] give me money and buy the song for an ad or something. My customers keep telling me Uber should buy it," Mushanyuri said as he smiled.

"You know it just has a good vibe."

When approached for comment, Uber sub- Saharan Africa’s General Manager Alon Lits called the song "creative and celebratory" and said it was just "in time for the festive season". 

"We are honoured that there are so many talented and diverse driver-partners that use the Uber app across South Africa," Lits said. 

Mushanyuri, also a part-time actor, said his interest in music started while he was working as a bouncer at clubs in Cape Town.

"I was a bouncer and security for over eight years and the people kept coming, making music. One day I realised I can sing better than these people… that’s how I started making songs, beat by beat."

In the upcoming year, Mushanyuri hopes to release several other songs, accompanied by music videos. 

"I’ve realised you need a music video when you make a song. People respond to things visually," Mushanyuri says. 

"I am going to work harder in 2018 and hopefully make songs full time. People will hear my name."

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