One challenge of being an artist is to remain an artist. To circumvent that trap, creativity must be at high gear-Always. It’s hard out there. Diamond Platinumz, seems to understand that challenge perfectly. He is prepared to even tap into often forgotten fan base.
I found myself rhyming with thoughts and vibes after watching Diamond’s new song collaborating with one and only Khadija Omar Kopa. This genre or type of music was first known as Taarab before getting so many other names including “Mipasho”. The genre is famous among the people living on the coasts of East African cities. It’s a tell-it-like it is. You are mean; I am going to tell you exactly that. Of course the “at your face” confrontational jabs will not be delivered at your doorsteps but through music.
Nasema Nawe is a reminder of an artist who stays on top through innovation…at least in the way he builds new audience. Here is the video.
Here is one thing I probably have never said before. When I heard that Vanessa Mdee was taking a leap of faith to jump from being a VJ and stuff like that to a full-swing artist, I had doubts. Even when I interviewed her, something on my mind was telling me otherwise. By then, if I am not mistaken, I had heard only few of her songs and they all sounded to be “made from machines” than from a natural talented singer. I didn’t want to air my opinion and sound like I am teaching one’s grandmother to suck eggs. I kept quiet.
I gotta admit; I was wrong. I think I had allowed myself to be naïve towards the direction the music world was/is taking. In almost the twinkling of an eye, she had turned out to be The Artist to watch, listen and admire. Her career has evolved and now all I can do is to wonder how far can she go. She has close to perfect strategies for an artist’s career.
Latest from her is this collaboration with South African artist K.O. The name of the song is Nobody But Me [NBM] produced jointly by Tanzanian Nahreel and South African producer, Lunatic who also produced KO’s song Cara Cara. Another popular producer, Master A, added flavor to this tune.
Listen and download here and then watch the video below.
Before entering into the world of politics, the best advice anyone can get is to be clear on his goals and ambitions. That means you have to first identify them and then set your master plan on how to reach and even surpass those goals. One politician who seems to have taken that advice to his heart [whether by virtue or accident] is MP Zitto Zuberi Kabwe. You can always tell he is a man on a mission, an eager beaver of some sort.
It therefore come as no surprise that among many occurrences of Tanzania’s politics within past two weeks, nobody caught people’s attention than him. He reminded all of us why as soon as he entered in the parliament, he got nicknamed “Mbunge Machachari”. Lucky for him, this isn’t the first time he grabbed national attention and I bet it won’t be his last.
First, CHADEMA, the party he joined as early as when he was only 16 years old, officially ousted him. It was the rough but expected end of their long, hard, sweaty, bloody, odd and complicated relationship. Zitto who is now 38 has represented people of Kigoma North constituency for almost a decade under the flagship of CHADEMA. They had come a long way.
As I mentioned above, his ejection from his party was expected. It wasn’t a sudden death. There was no longer a reason for him and the party to keep leading each other on a merry chase. The moment had arrived. Through their “genius” lawyer, Tundu Lissu, they killed the chase. Done. The big question that followed the statement was his future as a politician. What’s next for Zitto? A lot of guesses and theories were put forward.
What was hidden from the public at large, except his close confidants and advisers is that he had a piece from his “master plan” that had remained intact. He screwed up his courage and took a flight to Kigoma North where it all started. He was going to say goodbye and leave CHADEMA holding a bag.
As it was expected, Kigoma was waiting. As soon as he set foot in there, it was a historical hero’s homecoming celebration. His supporters and well wishers lined up, chanted, sang praises. They also carried him. They love their man. CHADEMA had turned out to be the most hated political party in Northern Kigoma. I’m sure for the first time he had thrown them for a loop.
He had a lot to tell his people. He did. He reminded them about his achievements as their representative. He didn’t shy away from his disappointments. With quiet an air of authority, and yet of rare warmth, they patiently listened to their “homeboy”. At the end, they reluctantly agreed with his idea of “stepping down”. Kigoma’s chapter had come to an end…so it seemed.
Then came a bombshell. He wasn’t done. Far away from being done actually. He was joining a relatively new political party, ACT-Wazalendo. The political engines were now running on eight cylinders. It was game on. That piece of a puzzle about his next move was finally solved. He had reminded all of us that the doors of opportunities in Tanzania’s political arena are unbelievably wide. ACT-Wazalendo, the party that promises to bring back the ideologies and philosophies of Tanzania’s founding father, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, is where he now wants to have a fighting chance. He is probably carrying with him Azimio La Arusha booklet. Remember what Nyerere said about that book? Yes, he used to carry it [and bible] wherever he went.
By joining ACT Zitto believes he has finally found a proper alternative for himself and all those who are fed up with CCM’s business as usual mentality and CHADEMA’s lack of respect to what they preach.
Throughout his political career so far, he has managed to be known as a fighter for the common man. His record indicates that he cares. Of course this can be argued from 360 degrees points of view. No one can deny the other fact that he is utterly likable and utterly competent. And this is not to suggest he is anywhere near perfection. No. As he once told me during an interview I did with him years ago, politics is second nature to him. Given the political talent he seems to have with natural charm and the gift of persuasion, I would be stupid to blindly disagree.
The above attributes didn’t mend well with CHADEMA…at least not with the top leadership of the 22 years old party. They came to see him as a threat than a treat. You can only understand that theory if you believe in the shadows CHADEMA walks under by being labeled a one-man show party or one clan and region party. Zitto is believed to have challenged that status quo.
The “war” with CHADEMA, came with its own amount of political burden. Some, especially from his now former party have come to regard him as a “traitor” and someone who shouldn’t be trusted. They have whole lot of theories [and some facts] on why they’d label him “Judas”. He formed a party within a party, so they claim. They are convinced that ACT-Wazalendo has scratched the bottom of the barrel-a left over.
All said and done, he is now seeking out what’s new and different. For once, according to his own suggestions, he is daring to dream of total political success. He is not just sure about that, but solidly sure. He is dreaming of Nyerere, Nkrumah, Mandela, Tom Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, Che Guevara and other heroes at once.
However, since he entered the world of politics at a tender age of 16, a lot has changed. I’m pretty sure he appreciates that. He will need to master newer political tricks. Even with a solid foundation of popularity, youthfulness, understanding how our political system and machinery works, political talent and likability, he is almost starting at the bottom.
The usual politics wouldn’t take him to his promised land. If, for example, the label of a “traitor” has some elements of truth in it, that needs to change immediately. Him and his entourage need to think deeper and differently more than how Steve Jobs thought when he revolutionized personal computer business. They need to move up in the world. He should also not be the kind of man who never accepts second best in anything. Ambitions are fine. Unguided ambitions can be poisonous. Anywhere.
On top of another mountain, one thing that remained unchanged. He is a politician. Nowadays they come with a label written “Handle With Care And Proceed With Caution”. Depending on how you view politicians, you can choose to judge him/them accordingly. We must watch because he can either rise and fall or rise and rise. Or rise and then remain flat. That is how the world of politics works. And he is ready to throw down the gauntlet. But it’s wananchi now who can lower the boom on him, if they want to.
If at times you fail to understand or follow what exactly does Jokate do, you probably not alone. She is one of those multi-talented people that can literally dare touch even the devil and have him just smile.
Whether it’s just a God-given gift or it’s something she pursue with purpose and intent, you can’t easily tell. All you can appreciate is that she gives it all.
To mark her birthday[ about 4 days ago], she released a single titled Leo Leo Feat. Nigerian star Ice Prince. It’s Aloname and Tudd Thomas production. Listen And Download it below.
When Afande Sele went on stage on this particular day, he probably didn’t have much to loose. All he wanted was to entertain and rock his fans. He was after all the reigning “Mfalme Wa Rhymes”. He was on top of his game. He probably had the confidence level of a lion.
I doubt whether it crossed his mind that one day he would want to be a musician turned into a politician. Those days are long gone. The “iconic” photo is now haunting him and his career. That day, on that stage, has ended up being a no trip to Harvard.
No matter what Afande Sele puts on today, to lots of people they still see him with his pants on his ankles, one of his hand holding his private areas and another hand holding a microphone, bare chested. It’s a ghost. It’s a haunting feeling that even a PR machinery of Olivia Pope [main character on TV series-Scandal] would have a hard time managing.
The photo you see above, got its groove back this week when, Afande Sele, alongside MP Zitto Kabwe announced before flashing cameras and microphones that he had joined ACT-Wazalendo from CHADEMA. Unlike Zitto, he decided to join ACT on his own accord. He wasn’t pushed aside. This time, however, it wasn’t CCM’s supporters and cadres that were throwing the jabs. It was people from CHADEMA. They wished him well…”Go…we didn’t like you anyway”
Whenever I look at the above photo or whenever I see comments and jokes made about it, I remember what I hear Mwalimu Julius Nyerere told a group of Canadians/Tanzanians in Ottawa when they asked him about dual citizenship. It was then a topic just as it is today. That was a couple of years before he passed away.
With his witty looks and smile, he told them, “no problem, go ahead…as long as you are not planning to run for office when you return to Tanzania. That will come up.” Nyerere knew what Afande Sele had no clue about when he allowed his emotions to take full control of him on that stage. Politics is a dirty game. It gets dirtier once you get in to “dance”.
You probably know by now that Professor Jay has set his target into becoming another artist turned into a politician and a Member of the next Parliament. He wants to represent the people of Mikumi Constituency in Morogoro, the place where his father still resides and where most of his ancestors are buried.
He recently got interviewed by Harakati Za Bongo [HZB] pals and had few things to say about his decision and what is shaping in his mind. Have a look
Sometimes politics can be above rocket-science. You need to eat, remain seated in order to properly understand it. You need to know very well how to survive and succeed. You need to be gifted.
Over the weekend, a bunch of students from University Of Dodoma, ditched their books and made their way to former Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa’s residence in Dodoma. The reason for their “surprise visit” was to “convince” him to be their next Messiah. Okay probably not a Messiah but next President. The feeling of happiness is rising inside these students [and many others] just from the mention of his name and the IDEA. It’s like a beer-commercial joviality. They should just not forget that ideas die away for lack of anything to hang them on.
Whether we like it or not, Lowassa is believed to be vying for the post. He needs it badly. His actions speak louder than words. From what we know or have seen so far, there are strategic steps being taken to outmaneuver any competition out there. That, of course, is to run against the current of his party’s political traditions. He has been warned before [alongside other hopefuls]. I think his party understands that a person who has complete power over others becomes wicked.
But according to his own confessions, he needs to be “convinced”. I know, as if someone who is born a leader or sees the importance of leading actually needs conviction. I thought that should be an outright call. Well…we see things differently. In democracy we even see things in completely different spectrums. And that is okay.
While this kind of marches and conviction agendas are seemingly okay, we also have to be aware of a couple of things. Our awareness hunger could be just out of curiosity or to feel in the historical gaps. Can you just get up and decide to pay the former PM a “surprise visit”? How would you know he is home and in Dodoma? I’m not even going to mention the prepared seats, tents etc. That could actually be just the way his residence is set-up. He is, after all, former PM who is apparently covering news than the sitting president. Guests are expected-anytime, right?
Then my infuriating question; what do these students from UofD know that we probably don’t? If he were going to actually succumb to their conviction [and from others as it goes] and decide to run, what would be his platform? Unfortunately, if you don’t know and you actually marched, Malcolm X would have called you an “Uncle Tom”. Seriously!
Of course I have heard about Education, Education, Education. That’s good. How though? I thought students should be the ones to educate the masses especially in villages where people believe Nyerere is still alive and still the President. Students shouldn’t only march. They should march with questions-real questions. They should march to demand serious answers and not just historical facts that no one can actually substantiate. That is if we all agree that when it comes to national elections, we should all forget about middle-of-the-road philosophy. Simama uhesabiwe.
In my opinion, seeking serious answers, clear and workable policies will increase the effectiveness of not only the electoral process but will enable the students to actually play a more important and meaningful role in nation-building processes. The banners shouldn’t be about praising alone. Many should bear questions. When you graduate who will employ you? Anyone? Don’t allow yourself to be like an animal in a cage that, even if the door opened, wouldn’t dare move.
Youth, go ahead and march. Convince whoever you deem fit for the office to run. It’s one good way of participating in democracy. However, don’t just march. Ask Serious Questions And Demand Serious Answers. Don’t just be thoroughly enjoying the danger-excitement. Be aware of everything. Don’t live in a silent movie.
Ask any seasoned blogger or online content developer you know about his/her innermost desire after putting together a post and hit “publish” button. His/her answer in most cases will reflect “to get thousands (if not millions) of people to read it and of course share it with their friends, colleagues etc.
That is how you become an authority in your niche. That is how you start the tough but achievable journey of making six-figure income basing on your online activities and presence.
Unfortunately, that is not the case among many of us. Your post isn’t read out of the “loyal” friends and readers. Even your Mom passes it. It sucks? May be, or may be not. That sends bad signal. If you are not as determined as a charging bull in Spain, it could be the end to your six-figure income dream. But is there a way or technique you can use to achieve unimaginable success? The answer is YES. This infographic by Krishnan, could help
DJ Choka is a DJ than an artist. However, art is something inside every mind that excels or can excel in anything that requires creativity. Therefore, his piece of being an “artist” pushes him into the booth once in a while. Lucky for him, his experience on the microphone hyping crowds and fans, always comes handy when he jumps into the closed doors with only see through mirrors.
He is back on it again and this time he says “Nitalala Uzeeni”. He is given company by Young Lunya, Country Boy, Deddy, Climax Bibo & Bgway. The young don’t need to sleep. They need to hustle, hustle hard. Their time to sleep will come. Here is Nitalala Uzeeni.
She was the victim of a death-hoax this week. Rumors spread like a wildfire that she has passed away. It was untrue. She isn’t even sick. Someone had just decided to “kill” her. Well…she came out with a usual beautiful smile and assured Tanzanians through reporters that she is fine and kicking.
We wish her a Long Life. Long Live Mama Maria Nyerere.