“Faith” is more of a gospel but without religious bounds. This song is a special dedication to all those going through hard times in their lives”-Mad Ice
Love scenes have drastically changed…unfortunately. There is no truth, respect and certainly it is hard to see it and call it love. It is materialistic. Whatever happened or is happening, researchers are gonna take a long time to reach conclusions [if they ever do].
Mh.Temba and Kassim Mganga collaborates in this hit titled Lover Lover. An exposure of today’s love scenes. Love from Instagram and Twitter. A double life of lovers. Classic examples of “ongoing movies and scripts”. Here is another production from Burn Records
After enjoying a massive success from the remix of Diamond Platinumz’s Number One, it seems Nigerian artist, Davido, is not about to let go of East Africa. After Tanzania, Uganda is next. On March 28th, as announced by Chameleone [Uganda's King Kong of music right now], a new single titled All Di Girls, collaboration between him and Davido will be released.
The above is the first cover of the single. Given the respect and talent that Chameleone has proved to be throughout the years, I am patiently and eagerly waiting to hear All Di Girls. Staying tuned.
Whenever I struggle with Tanzanian music identity issue, OffSide Trick is one of the Tanzanian duo that I listen to and settle with a broad idea that we actually have “Muziki wa Tanzania”. We probably just need to promote that fleva more. Almost run a global campaign about it through festivals and online radios etc.
Anyway, Offside Trick are based in Zanzibar mostly. Here is their newest Single titled Talaka [Divorce]. Ever witnessed a situation where someone asks for a divorce and just few weeks or months after it is granted they come back running, begging to be forgiven? Listen Up
A few years ago, Professor Jay and I accompanied with his young brother Kolihombi [who backs him up on stage in many performances] and Kibabu[ Rasta]- one of his close buddies who wouldn’t let anyone mess with Professor, were traveling to Iringa for a couple of scheduled shows in Makambako and Mafinga. I remember we left Dar-es-salaam at the wee hours[around 3am] straight from MJ Records where he was recording KamiliGado with Marco Chali.
We needed to get in Iringa early. The promoters had insisted and we had agreed that Professor will be there early enough to make it for a scheduled radio interview at Ebony FM before midday and later on for PA city/town Tour. Apparently, it is a rule of the game in most of the regional shows that people won’t show up for the show if they aren’t sure that the performing artist is in town. Professor and I were the drivers. The only best way to assure them is to get the artist on a car[usually a cargo carrying type of a car] and have him tour the city or town, have some of his songs playing, get the PA announcer busy and an artist waving his hands and smiling to fans like he knows all their first and last names.
I,for one, isn’t a fan of traveling at night let alone driving. On this journey circumstances were different. I was the first one to take the sterling as we departed Dar-es-salaam. To stay awake I asked everyone to stay awake, bring in stories,laughters and cheers. Kolihombi and Kibabu couldn’t handle the darkest hours. They fell asleep. Professor and I stayed awake and kept listening to music and conversing.
I took that opportunity to pop a question to Professor about his future plans as an artist. He had enjoyed fame, has recorded some of the biggest classics hits and had seen almost every part of Tanzania and big chunk of the world because and through his music. What is next in his master plan? Him and I had had that conversation before but probably not in a serious tone like on this early morning hours as we are rolling and exchanging lanes with big trucks coming and going off Morogoro Road.
I remember Professor struggled a bit to answer my question. He is a deep thinker and whenever he senses that this is a serious question, he has a good tendency of giving himself a minute or two before answering. He took his minutes and firmly detailed his idea of opening a studio and mentoring young and upcoming artists. By that time he had just moved to his mansion in Mbezi. With a big plot and a space for studio, Professor’s plans were set. As we kept going, we rumbled through and about this idea for hours. He told me how is planning to do it and literally poured his dreams on me in a way that he had never done before. I agreed with him, offered my support and encouraged him with all my heart.
Fast forward to 2014, I am happy that his dream has finally matured or come to reality. Mwanalizombe Studio is now officially open. But instead of locating it in Mbezi [as he had initially planned] he has decided to first settle somewhere near the city[ probably he has calculated the unending traffic jams of Dar as well]. To start, he has hired one of the very promising young producers called Villy. The studio is located towards the end of Msasani Peninsula close to Capetown Fish Market.
With the experience, witty and industry understanding of Professor Jay, it is almost guaranteed that Mwanalizombe Studios is here to uplift the Tanzanian music industry to a newer level. You can contact Mwanalizombe Studio at +255757919192 and emails firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You can’t deny [without being baptized a "hater"] that Diamond Platnumz and Professor Jay are two among top artists in our land right now. While Diamond has emerged as one of the best in recent years, Professor Jay is already considered to be the “legend”. His journey started when parents and elders still had a different attitude to what was coming up as “music for the newer generation”. They would only listen as spies trying to figure out what is going on in their kids’ minds. His hit first single, Chemsha Bongo, changed that stand off between parents and children [youth] It opened doors and minds. The rest is history.
To make matters even hotter, in the year that we just finished  Professor made it clear that he still got what it takes to remain Professor. From sharing the stage with Nigeria’s duo P-Square to a country-wide tour with Kili stars to collaboration with Lady JayDee [ Joto Hasira] etc, he still mean business. Diamond, on the other hand, had the year that is probably every artist’s dream. From hit singles such as Number One to international collaboration etc, Diamond gave fans and music lovers a run for their money and time.
Now,when you hear that these two are in studio for a collaboration, you are assured of something unique; talents smoothed up with experience. As if that is not enough, they are in studio with legendary producer,P-Funk Majani at Bongo Records. P-Funk is one of the producers I truly love and respect. Over the past and present years, mee and him have spent hours and hours at his studio strategizing, listening to music,watching music etc.
Sometimes,I would just sit quiet and watch him with admiration how he does his work with passion and rare professionalism among many producers I have had a chance to meet and watch them at work. Majani loves music and he takes Bongo Fleva/Hip Hop to his heart. He dreams and fight to see the day whereby all artists [him included] will truly benefit from the hard work and long hours they put in the studios and stages.
Back to Professor Jay and Diamond: They are working for Prof’s upcoming single titled Kipi Sijasikia. Professor, after almost 15 years plus in as a performing artist must have seen and heard a lot. You can’t argue much with experience. No wonder we are always reminded to respect our elders. He is now ready to share his thoughts about “You Heard and Ya Seen” Majani shared the below clip.Stay tuned.
The year 2013 was definitely one of the best for Lady JayDee. Not only did she bounce back superbly in music , but she also ventured in television where she now have a reality show Diary Ya Lady JayDee. After 13 years in the industry, such highlights are important. When you are expected to be slowing down, a new day has just began. Songs like Yahaya and Joto Hasira became a street and corporate anthem. I’m sure it was a much needed breather for her career.
Even though she also faced major challenges including lawsuits, 2013 will probably go down the “history” lane as the year that defined Lady JayDee. She became an Anaconda. She embraced the name and image and fans accepted. Now it is time to live the image she has created for herself and juggle life as it happens.
When that fire hasn’t settled, here she is again with a brand new single Historia. In this song Jide poses a challenge and probably a question that I have personally struggled with for years. When I kick the bucket, who will remember me and most importantly how will I be remembered? Of course I don’t let such questions change any game plan for life but it matters to keep ourselves checked.
Here is Historia from Lady JayDee
Love can be scary. That simply means it can also be dangerous. A movie I was watching the other day suggested that falling in love and out of love can be as deep as a first cut and quite devastating. Then what do you do when you realize you are falling in love or someone is trying to tell you that they want you to fall in love?
A simple plan would be to conquer fear. Let the other part relax and worry not. You got it and you are in control. At least that is what everyone hopes and wishes. It is the love theme from Stereo Feat. Ben Pol in a song titled Usione Hatari. Listen…
Each household has a mirror [ or at least should have]. It is probably the most used asset of yours before or after cellphones [ I am told people nowadays spend 70% of their time during a day holding cellphones]. When I look at mirrors, they sometimes reminds me of Shaka Zulu movies. When whites invaded his land, they gave him a small piece of mirror as a gift. The mirror fascinated Shaka Zulu who was then a feared and powerful soldier and ruler of his people. He couldn’t believe his eyes. He smiled and his very white teeth reflected back at him. It was the best thing he had ever seen.
Years later and far away, MJ(King of Pop) once put all of us at task with his Man In The Mirror. What do you see when you look at the mirror? Do you like what you see? What does it say back to you? Do you wanna change? Be the change or else…
Now Jaguar, a flamboyant artist from Kenya is juggling in the same direction in his new song Kioo. Jaguar who became a household name in East Africa when he released his first hit single Kigeugeu, is still flying in almost same beats and style in this one. Here is the official video
I am not very sure about the details of their hook up or first meeting. What I know is that when the news broke that Diamond was back in studio to do a remix of his hit single Number One with one of Nigerian’s music star, Davido, we all paid attention and patiently waited. By that time, Number One was number one. It was a song to dance to in almost every party- like gathering. It was a street anthem as well. Kids were dancing and singing number one as if they real knew or had their number ones. Well…when you are a kid, your number ones are your parents. Diamond had done it again and his fans were not shy of standing and dancing to the tune.
The same rollacoaster saw Diamond in Nigeria where he also attended P-Square’s Peter wedding. Then ya’all remember the East Africa Michael Jackson tweets. He later made fun of that stint on his IG account. Him mingling with Nigerian stars[ he also met soccer star Adebayor] didn’t go unnoticed. He was/is elevating his music to another level and Nigeria was his first pit stop.
Then here we are. The wait is over and Number One Remix is out and what people like me are eagerly waiting is to see how Ngololo and Skelewu will top Ngololo by itself[ meaning original Number One Vs Remix]. Here are audio and video for Number One Remix