In the celebrities studded thrilling event over the weekend, Professor Jay launched double videos for his latest singles, Kipi Sijasikia and Tatu Chafu. The place was parked and everyone was excited to see what has been keeping the Heavy Weight MC busy. The excitement could be compared to the faces of kids at the morning opening of a new Toys R Us store. Here are the videos
The Heavy Weight MC, Professor Jay, seems to have found extra energy on everything. If I was to put him against a Duracell’s Bunny, I am sure the Bunny will quit in first round. It’s back to back for him.
This weekend, Saturday 13th September 2014 at Ten Lounge [formerly known as Letasi Lounge] located at Business Park Victoria, Prof. will be launching not one but TWO videos for his recent hit singles, Kipi Sijasikia and Tatu Chafu. Prof…of course will perform Live alongside other surprise performance and celebrities appearances. You gotta be G!
If you keep up with your calendar like how E channels keeps up with The Kardashians, you probably know that its the same day TBE Floyd “Money” Mayweather will be defending his title[s] against Argentinian Maidana. You will also be able to watch that fight from the same venue! That gotta be an awesome event.
In 1992, the historical UDASA Hall at The University Of Dar-es-salaam, witnessed the beginning of the revolution. A young and skinny man approached the microphones with a quiet air of authority, and yet of rare warmth. He introduced himself as Nigga Jay. It was his first live performance on stage before a “live” audience.
Fortunately or unfortunately for him, his first live audience comprised of scholars. While they could be tolerant as Jesus, given a reason, hell could easily break loose. I bet you “Mr.Punch” was in attendance. It could easily turn to be a date with King Kong!
Even though scholars are known to be in the “know” for almost everything, that evening was different. Only Nigga Jay and his friend Killa B knew that hidden piece of the puzzle. Nigga Jay was making a debut. In the eyes of a curious and “let’s wait and see” audience, he carried himself with confidence of a healthy young man who has never been hurt. He had the confidence level of a lion although deep inside, he was nervous like a pre-teen fella who just woke up in the morning to find his bed sheets wet!
He was an upcoming artist with unbelievable talent. He was an underground artist with a vividly inventive mind. On that stage at UDASA, when the microphones were turned on, he proved to be the new wizard of “tongue twist” the style he had adopted from US based Rap/Hip Hop groups such as Run DMC and Public Enemy.
Few seconds after he started, there was no movement, not even the whisper of a sound. It was amazing. At such a young age, he was like a teacher you don’t often get to see. When you see him, it’s going down. When the show ended, scholars with curious minds, satisfied and overly excited approached him. He was their new “subject”. How in the world do you manage to do that? He was climbing the ladder directing to big-players club.
If everything started at the “Hill”, where academic achievements can earn you additional letters before your name [Dr.Prof etc], its no big surprise that years later he earned himself the stage name; Professor Jay. His title, however, came didn’t come from the “hill”. His came from his fans after seeing his vividly inventive mind and natural given talent as a lyrical genius.
Before he adapted “Professorship” title, he was, as I mentioned earlier, Nigga Jay. Then his fans [and himself] gave him “street baptism” with names such as Jay Wa Mitulinga, Mti Mkavu, Heavy Weight MC, Daddy, Mchawi Wa Rhymes, MC Shupavu, Mr.President, Jiizeh, Mr.Red Carpet, Tough Wallet, Jay Tunakuzimia, Sauti ya Hela…the list goes on and on.
All those names followed the name his parents [Mzee Leonard Steven Haule and Late Mama Rose Majanjara] gave him when he was born on 29th December 1975. They called him Joseph Leonard Haule. He was to be educated at Ukonga Primary School, Kigurunyembe Secondary School [Morogoro] and Lutengano High School [Mbeya].
At all levels of school, Professor Jay was a friend everyone wanted to have in their circles. He had [and still has] a striking exotic quality people were attracted to. He would make people laugh and smile. In fact, a lot of people thought he was going to be a stand-up comedian. He gives credits to his schooling years as places where he honed his writing and rapping skills. According to him, school gave him sheer organizational muscles especially on power of words. A typical success type.
After school, Professor Jay [still Nigga Jay] knew he wanted to be an artist [a musician]. Back to the city, utterly likable and utterly competent, he thought of starting the “movement” with a winning team. Drums sounds better in pairs.
Between late 1994 and early1995, with his easy style and collegial, he joined Hard Blasterz Crew [HBC] the hip-hop group based in East Upanga [a well to do neighborhood then]. It occurred that Professor joined HBC at the right time. Three of original members of HBC [Frank Korassa,Ngida and Tough Jam] had left the group for US for further studies [and life]. HBC was left with Big Willy and Terry [Fanani]. They needed someone to energize the group that was already known to be one of the best in East Africa. Nigga Jay was the right choice.
Even before joining HBC, Professor had written a lot of songs. HBC wanted to make an album. So his written materials came handy. But do they start writing new stuff or tap into what Professor Jay had it on paper? The logical answer was almost obvious. They could use some of his materials.
The idea of using Professor’s written materials, however, wasn’t easily accepted. The argument was, how could a newcomer become almost the “king” of verses? The strangeness was, therefore, somehow threatening. You have to know by that time, HBC was regarded as the best Hip-Hop group in Tanzania and beyond. That title and emblem stayed on for years and got even better when Professor came aboard.
They settled to include some of the songs he had written. These were likes of Mamsap, Eeh Mola, Kubwa Kuliko and Chemsha Bongo. The album was given the title, Funga Kazi. A young producer, Prof. Ludigo, who had just come back home from Philadelphia, was to take charge of their first album. He played a big role in convincing Big Willy and Fanani to use or include some verses that Professor Jay had written. Ludigo saw something unique in Nigga Jay. We know now, he was right
In the process, they managed to take out some of his original written verses in most other songs. However, they couldn’t alter Chemsha Bongo because it was one man’s tale of his rise and fall. It was, therefore, decided that Chemsha Bongo would make it in the album and Professor will get to do it almost as a solo career.
That decision to let allow Nigga Jay to record Chemsha Bongo was a game changer. The revolution started from there. It brought fame and money to HBC but also acted as a breakthrough bridge between the older generation that had regarded Rap/Hip-Hop songs and artists as part of hooliganism and gangsters of new generation.
Within few days after Chemsha Bongo went on air through radio stations, the perception of new generation music changed. Finally, there was a song from younger generation that could make sense. Families could listen together without anyone’s heart racing faster waiting for “bleep” moment or letting an elephant in the room. The times when parents and their kids looked at each warily like condemned criminals were coming to an end.
Professor Jay doesn’t remember very well when he started writing Chemsha Bongo. It could be 1997. However, he remembers very well where he was when writing the third verse. After daily hustles in the city, Prof was en-route home direction Kimara in a DalaDala. For him hard work and thinking was a 24/7 business. His thoughts were like gliding clouds, fading in and out of the heavens. When the announcement was made they had arrived in Kimara [the outskirts of Dar-es-salaam where his family lived at that time], Chemsha Bongo was now complete.
Jokingly he teases that at that time if he was to be robed, robbers would find no cash but lots of pieces of papers. If anything, they would have found tons of verses. They could turn from being robbers to become performing artists…. May be. During our chitchat for this review and re-release, Professor reminded me [and you] that those paper clips is what brought the revolution that today’s generation is enjoying [and sometimes taking it for granted]
Back to Funga Kazi album project, there was a problem. Even though Prof.Ludigo had come home with lots of beats, he didn’t have a recording studio. Lucky for them and him, Master J welcomed them at MJ Records without a slight or watchful hesitation or misty doubt.
The album Funga Kazi was officially introduced at Summer Jam Festival at Slipway in summer of 1998. The place was parked. There was no way the place could host all the fans who wanted to see HBC. When police tried to turn them away, they revolted. Police and security didn’t stand a chance. Fans pushed the fence in. Hell almost broke loose. Chaos. The love for Hard Blasterz Crew had sturdy genuiness.
As the new millennium was approaching, Chemsha Bongo had revolutionized the “new generation music” industry. Parents started allowing their kids with fewer rules to pursue their dreams of becoming performing artists. Other artists also saw the importance of writing lyrics/songs that made sense across generations. In 1995/1996 HBC won awards including The Best Hip-Hop Group in Tanzania.
With success of Chemsha Bongo and Funga Kazi, Nigga Jay decided to pursue a solo career which started in 2001 with his first solo career album, Machozi, Jasho na Damu. Today, he is regarded as a pioneering Hip-Hop artist who changed the game. Here is the song that started it all like a breeze from a new direction; Chemsha Bongo
Listen And Download Chemsha Bongo here.
Professor Jay will be launching two videos for his latest songs Kipi Sijasikia And Tatu Chafu this weekend. Below are the details. You can follow Professor Jay on Twitter @ProfessorJayTz And Instagram @professorjaytz. You can also visit his official website at www.profesajay.com
You have a good idea why this photo is spreading online right now. It’s a hip over hop. A well calculated move to put hands on machines that need to work. Tall and straight, lithe and supple. Powerful. Ready to face the challenge and critics. Built for action. I know what is in your mind. When you are over 60 and no one has ever seen almost “private” photos of you burning the calories, may be it’s about time. Obama does it all the time. Nah?
We gonna see a lot. I mean a lot. I am now working with my science major friends to bring out the tablets that will make any physical monument to the terminal quality of youth. We have a deadline. 2015.
Come 27th September 2014, you don’t want to miss out this event. Mark your calendar right away. One of the most anticipated events of the year round. Come mingle and network with people people who make the city move. Guaranteed.
May be it’s a classic adage; shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you will land in some stars. May be it’s the only solid reality in a shifting world/country. It’s like the second coming of nature. Or may be it’s a multiplicity of relationships in an avenue of growth.
Whatever the case may be, Dr.Hamis Kigwangwala thought his time has come. After less than 4 years of representing people of Nzega-Tabora, he believes he has a political talent, natural charm, experience and the gift of persuasion to pursue something more! It’s now or later [politicians never say never].
He is intending to jump into the pool of candidates who are eyeing and smelling power. Unlike January Makamba, his decision-making barometer is not at 90%. It is 100%. He wants to be the next man canvassing [panhandling] all over the world with an entourage in the name of “looking for investors”. Or may be he will be different. May be he is more than any other politician whose first prayer every morning is more knowledge for sweet words, zero action. Who knows?
Dr.Kigwangwala, a medical doctor by profession, declared his intention earlier today before reporters and journalists in Dar-es-salaam. Before wasting much time, he made it clear that the hard decision is his and his alone. Now, if you know how politics are steered, you probably know right there, he isn’t expressing the naked truth. His truth has a black suit on. Presidential campaigns [even at parties level] are serious matters. He needs people. Political machinery. You need the organizational genius of a field marshal to become “the candidate”. Presidency [even campaigns], after all, is an institution. Team efforts is a foundation.
If the statement of being a man who can and is standing alone does him any good, it separates him from #TeamSoAndSo politics that has engulfed the country. He seeks presidency to lead and not to become a payback deacon. He is confident about that as one who has come into money. Unlike his potential opponents, the source of his campaigning funds will be Wananchi driven and not businesses under names of the deceased and unexplainable wealthy smiling only behind dark curtains.
His decision-announcing speech was impressive. Of course speeches aren’t realities. They are, however, important tools for mobilization and broadening ideas. I’ Il give him a B. Like many of us, he seems to understand what needs to be done and what is so wrong with our current political and economical systems where only the strong survives even though their survival is an illusion. Understanding is one thing. Making it happen is almost a miracle. 3 men have so far failed even though Mr. Current says he has attained 80%!
He credits his humble beginnings as the source of his understanding of status quo. That is where he acquired lots of control and competent ways of handling himself hoping the same can be used to handle the country as her Commander-in-Chief. He promises his leadership to be more sensible and of practical nature. He promises to be a more dynamic leader. The canniest politician in Tanzania. Hold on a second, don’t we have experience with someone from humble beginnings?
We now have to ask ourselves, did he break the party rules by announcing getting into “business” this early? If he did, he will burn soon. Sooner than later, chairs at that old house in Dodoma will be cleaned and someone will be punished, warned or tossed out altogether. In politics, whoever throws the last punch wins and become a social lion.
If not, he has a mountain to climb. Tanzania’s party politics could be tricky. No one has forgotten, for example, Mkapa wasn’t supposed to become President before Jakaya Kikwete. Dodoma’s wind and dusty cow dang can sometimes be a heavy tinted glass. Those who are in can see what’s happening outside and not vice-versa.
As we wait [and carefully monitor] the elections temperature to keep on rising, I have to congratulate Dr.Hamisi Kigwangwala for exercising his constitutional given rights. Anyone of legal age can run for any office. As young as he is, he probably joins many in echoing the message that “muda wa wazee” has come to an end. They have no new tactics and probably it’s about time we declare exceptions in experience being the best teacher. Let’s see!
Whether we like it or not, our world has an online presence than ever before. People nowadays meet online, fall in love online and you guessed it right, they also break-up online. Some never even get to meet in real-life. It therefore, makes a lot of sense when everyone [to little or extreme ding dongs] to have a strong online presence.
Professor Jay [real name Joseph Haule] has a new home online. Click on the photo above to take a virtual tour of his new home. You can Click Here as well.
The British GQ Magazine named her the Woman Of The Year. To honor them and celebrate the “womanhood”, Kim Kardashian went fully naked. She stripped down everything and showed off what she can claim to be her “assets”
Here are the photos from that shooting which is now dubbed as “sexiest ever” from her. Now before you Click More to see them, do me a favor. Check the calendars and make sure you are 18+ years. If you are not sure, call your parents and ask. If you are still not sure, just skip this post.Okay?
Marital problems are part of the solid reality in a shifting world. Jay Z and Beyonce have been rumored to be going through some…Yes…some. However, lately it looks like Jigga and B have decided to prove the paparazzo world wrong. Earlier today, the Brooklyn native posted a tribute video in honor of his wife’s 33rd birthday.
The video highlights special moments from their On The Run Tour which was a successful tour between him and Beyonce. The video is 33 seconds long which technically means one second for each year of Mrs Carter’s life.
Watch it below