As you can imagine, sometimes I receive too many songs for review and publication. While some weeks can go almost “dry”,some weeks are busier than all blue Mondays combined. Every artist wants to release their new materials. In the music business [it applies in many other industries too] timing is crucial. You want to release your stuff when you are almost guaranteed to grab people’s attention. That goes along with a silent prayer like the one you give or should give the moment you take a seat at church. In your silent prayer you should ask for calmness into the world. No calamity or no one famous than you passes away or create anything more sensational than your new music. Therefore, I understand [and not complaining] why some weeks are heavier than others.
One of the new releases I received last week and I couldn’t post [You know I have a 9-5 equation] came from Anna Peter [stage name Anapita], a radio presenter who has tapped stage performance and doing some excellent work. In her new song, Garasa, Anna Peter decided to work with Barnaba one of the best vocalists in the country. Barnaba is also a good song writer and arranger.
The song Garasa is another love themed song. Its different though…Take A Listen
His known “dark” side is being violent. However, you can hardly deny the fact that he has a unique flow and mastery to the art of Hip-Hop. I am talking about Chid Benz [Mtoto wa Ilala]. From the days when he shot to fame with Dar Stand Up, Chid has remained one of the artists who rarely make a turn into wrong hood.
Here is his new track titled Mpaka Kuchee featuring Diamond Platinumz and AY who I recently chatted with him and released one of the songs from his early days. Listen Up…
Bushoke is one of the most naturally gifted vocalist of this generation [in Tanzania and East Africa-good to be specific]. Even with such a gifted voice and coming from a family of artists [his Dad is Max Bushoke-one of the earlier generation great vocalists] he can’t claim to have been very lucky. His career so far has had twists and turns. There was success that came from his hit song Barua. Then he fell off…drifted like a bus meandering through mountains in deep Chile. Substance Abuse became part of his ordeal.
I am therefore glad to see him bouncing back. His voice is definitely one thing of which music fans across the nation have missed. The new song is titled Bwagamoyo. For some of you not familiar with Tanzania, Bagamoyo is a small town about 75 Kilometres from Dar-es-salaam on the coast of Indian Ocean. It is said, Bagamoyo is a place where you can go relax and put your mind to rest. The song connects the place and image of love where Bushoke announces to rest his mind[love] on someone. Listen
The last time these two collaborated in a hit song [ to the best of my knowledge] is when they remixed Mzee Wa Busara. That work followed long time rumors that these two didn’t see eye to eye. They had a “beef” for a while. It became almost a street war for these two popular artists hailing from Temeke in Dar-es-salaam, the neighborhood that is known to be “tough land”. Mzee Wa Busara collaboration settled whatever “beef” they had. They proved to be grown ups who wouldn’t depend or live with grudges forever.
Years later, these two are back in studio-together. They are actually rumored to be making a collaborative album. I can’t confirm that. However, if those rumors have truth element in it, the proof could be from this single. It is titled Mungu Ndio Anapanga produced by Duppy at Uprise Music.
Listen Up and share. There is a good feeling in sharing. If you feel down[hey we all have fading days]…send someone this song. It’s a good song and a good message. Enjoy
Last week we made a promise that we have to honor. Dayna Nyange was dropping a video for her latest single, I Do. The video features Tanzania’s rep in the Big Brother Africa. Call him Nando. Here is the video
As the world was welcoming the new millennium with illusion global threat of Y2K, the east African nation of Tanzania was also going through its own share of changes. The scene resembled of a man standing in the middle of a burning lake of himself, unable to escape with time running out faster than a rocket.
The country had lost her founding father, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere a year earlier. Everyone was devastated and worried. The future of the nation without him was certain but doubtful. It seemed like the engines for the country had suddenly gone off. Darkness had fallen! Dar-es-salaam, in particular, was then a city under a smutty darkness.
Five years earlier , the first multi-party elections had taken place. The seasoned journalist and diplomat, Benjamin William Mkapa had taken the oath with muted promises of changing the economical gateways. He asked everyone to tighten his or her belt. He had a daunting task of changing the sickening sensation of life plunging downward that had occupied the minds of millions of Tanzanians.
Benjamin Mkapa’s economical policies [under the wings of his party-CCM] were not clearly understood. Few people, to this date, have grasped well what he wanted to do. All I know is; he wanted the country to be self-reliant. Mkapa thought [and I agree with him] that for a country as wealthy as Tanzania to be like a poor and lonesome global peddler is ridiculous.
People who had lots of money during the tenure of the second President of the United Republic, Ali Hassan Mwinyi [Mzee Ruksa], suddenly were broke. Money was simply not available and jobs weren’t visible. They were trying times that got nicknamed “ukapa”. People who had felt delicious and were able to laugh at practically anything during the Mzee Ruksa era were no longer laughing. Their living quarters suddenly had somber moments close to funeral homes.
In the midst of all that, a young man with a wide boyish smile had taken a journey from the nearby city of Morogoro to Dar-es-salaam. Unlike his many trips to the “big city” before in the 90s, this time he wasn’t going to visit. He was determined like a brave soldier to realize his dreams. He wanted to conquer the city [and the nation] not just an artist but also a great artist. From the distance, he had formed a vision to become a pioneer in how Tanzania’s music can be business mixed with pleasure. That boy with a boyish smile and charm is whom we know today as AY although he still answers to his real name, Ambwene Yessayah.
Before he boarded those fast moving mini-buses [Toyota Coasters] to Dar-es-salaam, he had all signs of fears and anxiety. You could understand him. Dar is a big city. It’s the city that thrives on its rough-edged traditions. No wonder it first adopted the nickname “Bongo” before the whole country became known for the same name. He had decided to conquer the fear of the unknown head-on.
Apart from few relatives in Dar-es-salaam, he personally knew and was in close contacts with very few people. Lucky for him, he had lived in many cities and towns in Tanzania. His parents were civil servants and according to Nyerere’s Ujamaa na Kujitegemea policies, people were moved from coast to coast in the name of efficiency and integration. Him having lived in many regions of Tanzania would become an “asset” for him in years to come. He found himself able to relate well with anyone across the nation. Lots of regions can claim him being their “homeboy”.
In Dar he had maintained close contact with two friends whom he had gone to school with in central and midlands Tanzania. These were Snare and Buff G with whom later they would form one of the most talented music “gang”; The East Coast Team. That is where he met Hamisi Mwinjuma [MwanaFA] who would become his best friend and music collaborator todate.
These friends officially welcomed him in the city that had engines in its blood. As he later on watched trains chuffed out in their clouds of smoke and steam, he became more confident that his dreams wouldn’t disappear as a smoke. He firstly settled in Upanga, the neighborhood that was known to harbor the wealthy and famous. By then, Upanga was one of the most desirable “hoods” in the city.
For AY and his friends, Upanga was just like any other “hood”. They were broke. The statutes and concrete benches meant nothing than decorations. Daring to be unique was in their vocabularies but it was muted.
If you thought Ali Kiba’s silence for over two years would throw him out of the game, it’s about time you dare to think differently. That is also applies if your first reaction after was something like, “Ooh Yeah He Is Back”. Like a dream attacked by common sense, I want to remind you something; he hadn’t gone anywhere!!
His silence, therefore, can now be interpreted as someone who didn’t want to be just sure but rather solidly sure. As the enthusiasm was building among his fans [the most important commodity any artist could have] he was counting hours in studio with Man Water perfecting what you are about to hear. That went with anxious search for the meaning behind words to make sensible lyrics.
During recording and rehearsal breaks, he was also developing his game plan. He wanted not to just survive as an artist but rather thrive! He didn’t want to succumb to the industry’s pressure of releasing songs back to back hoping somewhere in the middle one track goes “viral” in clubs etc
Like any other business out there, music industry has had to adapt to the rapidly changing world. As an artist, when fans are waiting [and even add a bit of pressure on you] it is easy to succumb and push out what might end up being your “career suicide”. You have to learn to make music that offers both immediate enjoyment and long-term pleasure. That is how legends are made.
As they say, stay in touch and you’ll stay in business. Kiba did that. He kept his fans alive and active through social networks accounts he maintains. In the world of fastest information sharing tools such as social networks, Kiba was also aware that he has tough head-to-head competition. African music is changing.
He heard it all. The purported “beef” with other artists. The disses. He, however, decided to remain professional and let his music reign and hope that history will judge him according to his artistic works and not how many times the tabloids used his name and story to dull the cutting edge of other folks’ loneliness. Instead of be like someone like a loaded dueling pistol with a hair-trigger temper, he remained cool as a judge.
On the other hand, he knew his talent means one important thing; the door of opportunity is unbelievably wide. But since, it takes two to tango, he is hereby releasing not one but two brand new tracks. They are titled Mwana & Kimasomaso. I am hereby presenting them. Now, don’t be like a decent man in the wrong job. Be social. Share the news. Therse releases are powered and brought to you through www.mkito.com[ The more humane way of sharing music in Tanzania]. Preview and Download! Now before you can download, you will be asked to create an account. Please do. Your favorite artists gets paid when you support their music by downloading their songs. It can’t be better than that. FREE for you and SUPPORT YOUR ARTISTS. Let’s Go!
Here is the Song Mwana
Here is the song Kimasomaso...great re-make from Legend Tanzanian artist,The Late Issa Matona
Connect with Ali Kiba on social networks as you see on the photo below!
In life you can either choose to be neutral in nothing or stand up and claim your position. Of course, you have heard it before; a man who stands for nothing can falls for anything. That echoes the importance of standing for something. However, before you decide to stand for something it’s a good idea to make sure you have a confidence level of a lion. Stones and jabs will be thrown to you.
Talking about standing for something, at times when the battles of Bongo Fleva Vs Bongo Hip-Hop might make you want to choose sides. Who is more like a person with a political talent with natural charm and the gift of persuasion and who is is nothing but a fake? Who has a quiet air of authority?
For a while[ and probably forever] these two sides have battled on stages and narrow streets of the land from Zanzibar to the outskirts of Mbeya. Now, before you get your mind twisted, these battles[its good to know] that they are just mere battles and nothing violent has occured [with few exceptions that can't be directly tied to Bongo Fleva Vs Hip Hop]
Here is one examples of the battles crafted in a musical argument between Rappers Stamina and Ney Wa Mitego. Are they sending a jab to Bongo Fleva artists who are arguably doing better than their “rivals”? The song is titled Kwenu Vipi [Literally Translation; How /What About Your Side]
We all have headaches, those of us with who have heads. One of the causes for probably bigger shares of headaches as far as Bongo Hip Hop is concerned is a young rapper known as Young Killer. Okay may be it’s not a King Kong headache….and allow me to defend him. He ain’t other human beings killer but rather a hip-hop battles “killer”.
I don’t remember to have written anything about Young Killer. Therefore, allow me to say I admire his talent. At such a young age, he came out with a tone, style and swagga. It’s like he was born to do what he does. I am still struggling to have a deeper understanding of his lyrics. When I listen to him, at the end I am not left with one clear idea or concept of what he is rapping about. To me, that is a challenge and a problem somehow. You could have a lot of “punch lines” and make no sense.
Young Killer or Msodoki’s age could come to his defense and hope that as he grows, his lyrics will grow too. He will make more sense to folks like me who aren’t easily shattered with confidence alone.
Here is his newest video for his song My Power. Watch
Shaa has done it again! That is what I thought after listening to her new single Subira [which I am about to present to you below]. Before mumbling further let me say this; I like what Shaa is doing to Tanzanian music. From her single Sugua Gaga and now Subira [Patience], Shaa is reminding everyone about authentic music from Tanzania. Whoever thinks we can’t have our own identity as far as music/genre are concerned is making cheap jabs or is just uninterested and brainwashed.
Subira [Patience] is about real life…marriage to be particular. Shaa uses the name/word Subira creatively. Subira can be a noun or verb. She addresses the bride. Go out there and be careful. The world is rough. Do more and speak less. Hold it tight. Don’t let him(or her) easily skid away. Animals [people] are pretty darned smart. I kinda smiled at the part ” Akienda bafuni, akienda kazini akuage”. You could be telling a joke to your friend and hear someone else laughing about it. Your stalker.
Here is Subira…Enjoy and Be sociable.Share and support our local artists.