Juliana calls love a sickness of the heart. It is a tragic plague that makes the heart hurt ever so badly, and yet you cannot even swallow a pill to ease the pain. Not even Panadol.
So, if you have fallen in love before, if you have spent sleepless nights thinking, wondering
whether the individual on whom you have bestowed your whole testament of affection, feels
the same way as you do, you will relate with all the emotional Armageddon that Juliana sings about here.
This is the stuff our lives are made of, that every normal human being grows up to develop
and nurture feelings of warmth towards another. It is also the story of our lives that often, this love is not returned, is taken for granted, or is simply ignored, leaving you with a sick heart, drifting into a long slow process of putrefaction.
Juliana can bank on the fact that she was preaching to a full church in this song. And that is
without forgetting that she delivers the song in that pop-Whitney-Houston-like dosage, where
her vocals climb to soaring heights.
The next time you fall in love, the next time your heart chooses to betray you and brings all
your systems crashing to a virtual standstill when it melts into the self-destructive mode of
cancerous infatuation, you will need a soundtrack to see you through it. Juliana’s Omutima
Oguluma is that kind of sound track.