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Edward Lowassa

 

His official announcement has not been made public. Not yet. However, the solid reality of the shifting world tells a different story. As an old adage says; actions speak louder than words. In the balance, his actions have spoken (and continues to speak) louder than his words). It’s a fundamental appreciation of reality.

 

Before we got where we are, life on the last lane almost became real. It was campaign mood almost two years early. His political bosses and watchdogs saw it. The movie wasn’t a silent one even though it was black and white. Him and fellow ambitious politicians were dubbing it too fast. They were all called to the capital Dodoma and received “warnings”. They came out smiling. No big deal.

 

I am sure that “warning” let out long exhalation of relief among his opponents who almost saw him trying to win an election before time. But I am not sure if that warning did anything good. I think it made room for a rough, schoolyard element of justice kind of scenario. We have seen and heard even more.

 

With all signs written on the walls and all things considered, there is hardly any doubt [apart from the non-existing official announcement] that Comrade Edward Lowassa, will likely vie to be the nominee for Presidency race in 2015. He will seek to be the candidate and break out of the lineup that is getting longer day after day.

 

I know you are not surprised. You know, we know; it’s true. He is determined and he clearly seems to understand there’s no substitute for a competitive edge. He has been trying to outmaneuver the competition by taking strategic steps of a veteran politician. Today, we are all aware of the hunger in him. If anything strange, you probably are stunned by intensity of his vibes. He is everywhere!

 

With #ElectionsTZ2015 tag closing in, names, rough drafts of policies, etc keeps popping up like mushrooms in the early mornings of the summer. You can feel the pressure and few crocuses of hope or hopelessness poking through the surface as you listen or read the drafts. The strange drug of calm that had become part of you suddenly takes a flight as you start thinking about your country after October 2015.

 

So far, we know some names (party cadres) that have declared their intention to vie nomination in their party circles. Some of them are already unbelievably loud. It’s like they have a black belt in mouth karate. They all hope that come October 2015, their name and image [probably with a bubbling smile of re-assurance] will be in every campaigning material. XX For President. Chagua YYY etc. That, will define the difference between looking good and looking great…in the mind of a politician.

 

In that growing list, Lowassa is silently watching. He believes in the good political campaign strategy focusing on events, events and more events. You clearly remember or have heard the story of David and Goliath, right? Who won that fight? You just said David. But what were they fighting for? Anyone? I bet not unless if Pope is about to call you to Vatican for a mock-up test before he appoints you Minister Of Know-How. Lowassa and his team have an idea. It’s like he is seeking freedom from a crass civilization.

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AY, Sean Kingston, Ms Triniti

AY shooting with Sean Kingston and Ms Triniti-Photos Credit Bongo 5

Be humble, but with an enormous, positive ego. Follow the rules for the survival of the richest. Never stop dreaming and going after your goals no matter how tall or far they seems to be.

Those were my thoughts after I hanged up the phone from a recent conversation with AY. I had got in touch with him for a briefing about his on-going projects in the US. Now if you have been following the East African news trends, you not only knew that T.I was in Dar-es-salaam for Serengeti Fiesta over the weekend but you must have also heard about AY’s being busy shooting videos in LA with Sean Kingston and Ms Triniti  among other things…

For almost a year or so, AY has been talking about his international goals with US based artists. He talked about it to the point; some people thought may be it was a wishful thinking. No, it wasn’t. AY is without a doubt deserving credits for showing a way to fellow artists that crossing oceans isn’t just attainable by marines but also ideas, works and initiatives. So when talking about “projects”, he not only means it, he also knows what he is talking about.

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In the past week, AY has been canvassing the streets of Los Angeles, California shooting those two videos mostly done in the Hollywood Hills area. The first video is for the song “It’s Going Down” feat Ms Triniti & Lamyia that was released one month ago. You can listen or get the song here if you never got it.

According to AY, these videos are set for release in November. However, AY likes a little surprise for his fans. He asked me to keep the name of the project with Sean Kingston in the books for now.

While in the US, AY is also trying to establish links with other artists including hip-hop group YMCMB, led by rapper Rick Ross, to continue probably what was left two years ago when the two shared a stage during the annual Serengeti Fiesta Concert. The sky is the limit…keep going man!

 

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MwanaFA Feat Ali Kiba-Kiboko Yako

Kiboko Yako-MwanaFA Feat.Ali Kiba

I know…this kind of news might have stopped the laughter in some people as if someone has turned a valve in their chest. You’d understand them though, right? It is one collaboration that few saw it coming but now that the news is on the carpet, everyone is wondering why this didn’t happen sooner. Lucky, some of you don’t gonna weep. All you need to do is to spend the next few days in a state of controlled excitement because MwanaFA is coming up with Ali Kiba in Kiboko Yako.

Since the release of #Mfalme, MwanaFA sat back and enjoyed the success of that single by touring across the land. He recently confirmed with me that he was busy. That business, as it turns out, included hours at MJ Records with Marco Chali cooking something with Ali Kiba who is also accelerating from where he paused with Mwana and Kimasomaso.

What makes this project even more interesting is Marco Chali. There is a reason they now prefer to call him Dr. He knows his stuff. You are waiting…aren’t you? Wait..did you see the artwork? You know what time it is,right? Legendary cartoonist, Masoud Kipanya, reminds us why he is still seating on top. I loved this work.

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T.I

 

After covering thousands of miles with a journey that began with one step, The 2014 Serengeti Fiesta festivals are set to end in Dar at the Leadesr club this weekend.

T.I –USA, Waje-Nigeria, Ash Hamman-Dubai and Victoria Kimani-Kenya are the international artists expected to land at the Julius Nyerere International airport today for the 2014 Serengeti Fiesta finals this Saturday.

A Swahili saying that says “Hayawi hayawi mwisho huwa” will be justified today as thousands of fans in Tanzania get set to be full at the Mwl. Julius Nyerere International airport to welcome T.I and other international artists that will rock the stage of Serengeti Fiesta finals this year.

The 2014 Serengeti Fiesta finals are set to be even more colourful whereby some of the local artists expected to accompany T.I include the likes of: – Diamond Platnumz, Ya Moto Band, TMK Wanaume Family, Weusi, Tip Top Connection, Ommy Dimpoz, Alikiba, Mwana Fa, Shaa, Vanessa Mdee, Recho, Linah, Barnaba, Mr. Blue, Young Killa, Ney wa Mitego and Stamina all set to define and prove indeed The 2014 Serengeti Fiesta “Ni Sheeedah” that day.

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Victoria Kimani

Speaking to journalists a day before the main show was Serengeti Premium Lager’s Brand Manager Mr. Rugambo Rodney who said… “We were eagerly looking forward to this day and indeed everything is working according to plan….Tomorrow is the D-day and mine is to assure our fans that SBL together with prime promotions will deliver one of the best shows of the 2014 Serengeti Fiesta and this is proved by the number of International and local artists on the list”.

As the 2014 Serengeti Fiesta’s D-day on the horizon, there have been a number of pre-activities also taking place in Dar. First, Dance la Fiesta a dancing competition that took place at San Siro Sinza gave judges a headache as who was the best amongst the groups that had come to compete but at last it was “Wazawa” who walked away with 3million Tsh after great performances that satisfied the judges, then came the Super Nyota Divas competition Dar region where “Hellen George” from Dar will face off 16 contestants from other regions for the year’s Serengeti Super Nyota Diva competition.

Serengeti Fiesta has toured more than 15 regions in Tanzania this year. Fiesta has empowered local citizens in the regions visited and has also received great recognition in regions that festivals have happened for the first time such as Kahama, Bukoba and Songea.

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YANGA MPYA 2014

Young Africans Sports Club-Yanga

In Tanzania, whether you are a soccer fan or not, you most likely know about Yanga [Young Africans S.C] and Simba SC. These are two biggest soccer clubs in the country. They are big in terms of fans base, resources and you name it. At clubs level, they are, by far, the face of Tanzania. I have met friends from all over the world [especially Africa] that easily recognize these two teams.

When Yanga and Simba are playing, you will feel it. These two giants are meeting this Saturday for a Premier League encounter in the first round of the league sponsored by Vodacom Tanzania. The clash will be at the National Stadium in Dar-es-salaam.

Apart from knowing Yanga and Simba, most Tanzanians have their favorite team among these. You are either Yanga or Simba. Yanga with their traditional yellow and green colors is believed to have more fans across the land than their rival Simba who are traditionally wearing Red and White jerseys.

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Simba Sports Club

By club locations, these two teams could be considered “neighbors”. Yanga, also known as Watoto Wa Jangwani, have their headquarters at Jangwani Street just few miles away from Simba “Watoto Wa Msimbazi” at Msimbazi Street. The area can be called Greater Kariakoo Area[GKA]

When Yanga and Simba meet, a lot are at stake. Players knows that a missed opportunity against the rival, would mean your days are numbered at the club. Coaches are almost guaranteed contract renewal with a win. Anything less than a win simply means, you can wake up the next day to the worst national newspaper headline; Yanga/Simba Fires Their Coach.

For the record, I am Yanga. I therefore wishes them a win[ if you are Simba, I know you wish them a win too]. Let’s meet at the stadium.

 

 

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For many years, Kenya has suffered political and social tensions originating from simple things such as tribalism. I call them “simple” because in Tanzania asking someone about their tribe is still to a large extent taken as a crime. You are Tanzanian, period. It doesn’t matter where my deeper roots are.

Things are changing in Kenya [at least that is what outsiders like me are convinced to believe]. One person responsible for uniting Kenyans right now is their President, Uhuru Kenyatta. He is regarded as cool, uncomplicated and well… man of the people including the underdogs, street folks. He is fashionable and from time to time likes to portray what Kenya is or what it can become. Here are few photos of President Kenyatta in full combat. These photos are trending right now for good reasons. Need me say more?

Photos Credit: Nairobi Wire

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For a moment forget about the sweats, tears and emotions going on in Big Brother Africa 2014 Hotshots. You probably know by now that to win Big Brother Africa, someone needs not only be real but have a nation of fans behind him/her. That is what makes a difference between winning and loosing.

As another weekend approaches, and before IK’s announcement takes someone home, I thought I have to remind you that Tanzania is at stake. Laveda is up for eviction if we just sit and wait. We are competitive people, aren’t we? I know we are. Save Laveda now. Let’s hang in there till the end. Here is how

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Don’t forget there are lots of stuff to see and do on www.bigbrotherafrica.com as well as DStv.com

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WAKAZI na JIDE

Time flies. Time changes. Nothing remains the same. If it does, you should be scared. It’s unusual. That is life. Next time someone moves your cheese, please don’t scream. Just calmly look for it [and you will find it] then act like someone brand new.

 

For Lady Jaydee, 2014 could be another year for injecting changes. It could be a business strategy. Or it could be what gossip cops are hanging into it; love that isn’t love no more. Whatever the case, she has decided to “move on”. She has a new manager. His name is Webiro N. Wassira populary known as Wakazi.

 

Wakazi is an artist. He comes along as someone who has seen both worlds. A fella who grew up in Ukonga Dar-es-salaam before moving to US and discovered deeper his music roots and inspiration in Chicago [windy city and mecca of black race], he definitely carries in his cabinet something to offer. After all, music management is all about understanding how the industry works and high negotiation skills. He has been into it, he is into it and from what I know, he ain’t planning into going anywhere else anytime soon. His candidacy can be sealed with his eagerness to work hard [and play hard]. Everyone needs a manager who can balance that.

 

Before tapping Wakazi as her Manager, Lady JayDee aka Komando was managed for years by Gardner G. Habash, her husband of 9 years. Lately, there has been countless of rumors and reports that the two are no longer together. So far, none of them have been ready and available to confirm or dispute the rumors.

 

On management side, Wakazi’s first task will be to bring Lady JayDee back on stage in full swing as she is set to re-open what was formerly known as Nyumbani Lounge. It will now be called M.O.G Bar & Restaurant on 31st October 2014.

 

You can follow Wakazi on Twitter using @Wakazi and Lady JayDee @JideJayDee

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These two have collaborated before. French Montana was in Ashanti’s 2012 single No One Greater and Ashanti did her thing in French Montana’s R&B Bitches. It was about time they did something together again.

What kind of things do you do in the early morning hours? What comes in your mind when you think…well…it’s early in the morning and you are or supposed to be wide awake? See if you can get some answers in this steamy video.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 30, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced through a post on Facebook on Oct. 14 that they are donating $25 million to help combat the deadly disease that has already infected almost a million people.

Here is a full statement from Mark and Priscilla

Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.
The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.
We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.
Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.
We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.
To learn more about the fight against Ebola: http://www.cdcfoundation.org/ebola-outbreak

 

 

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