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.
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
Here is a story of two talented artists; Linex and Diamond. Their lives’ crossroads meets when one goes to school with a beautiful young lady. He falls in love but like the best striker who fails to score, his team comes short. She moves on. Life can take anyone anywhere.
Years later as he can’t get over her, he go into a mission searching for her. He is doing better with his life in the city. His money [though not much] is his weapon. He also hopes to cultivate from the little moments he spent with her around books and pens. As they say, you can put anything into a salad.
He is late. The lady is now married. He is in shock and disappointment. She is still as beautiful as she was. He sings about her [Salima]
A great song…from Linex Feat. Diamond Platinumz. Here are audio and video.
Somewhere up the hill you probably saw this coming. However, to put records straight, earlier today he made it official. He will be running for office to represent the people of Mikumi-Morogoro as their next Member of Parliament. He will run under Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo [CHADEMA] flagship. He will run to oust incumbent MP, Abdulsalaam Suleiman Ameir [CCM]
I have known Professor Jay [real name Joseph Haule] for years. We grew up together. I have therefore known all along that a shot at public office was never a matter of if but when. If all goes well for him, he will join artists who switched tables to become politicians. One good example is Joseph Mbilinyi [Mr. II] who is currently representing people of Mbeya at the Legislature. He will also be running again.
Joseph Haule has wit, directness and intelligence. Throughout his career as an artist, he has carried a common man’s message. He has carried their struggles with him through his music. He never changed his mind. It was natural for him to join the “opposition” sometimes last year. As an obsessively devoted individual, he just couldn’t join the same system he has literally being singing against for years.
Professor is a well-respected artist among his peers and across streets and hoods. He is daring and innovative and a toasty-warm human being. He is now taking that stance to Mikumi-his hometown. I personally wish him all the best.
Karibu Cultural Promotions Organization in collaboration with Legendary Music Entertainment and Promotions Company Limited are organizing the 2nd edition of the “Karibu Music Festival”, an annual Three (03) Days International cultural event aiming at African Culture Promotion to the world, as well as introducing other countries’ culture to Africa, and building up friendship/collaboration opportunities among all participants.
In the aspects of music, dance, paintings, theater, crafts, and many others, all artists who can share our passion and goal together, you are welcomed to participate in this event to present your great talents and promote yourself!
The festival involves International artists from Africa, Europe, America, and Asia who will perform at the main stage and conduct their unique Workshop classes. This will be 100% LIVE performance among 3 days!! It will also feature Musicians selling and showcasing their CDs (Albums), craftsmen and artisans selling unique products, cultural food and drink vendors, Also a Cinema and graffiti venues for more art adventures. The big Live performance stage with the high quality sound system from Legendary Music will be set nearby the College of Arts and Culture Bagamoyo-TASUBA, from 6th(Fri) to 8th (Sun) of November 2015.
Let us share the wonderful moment on the stage!!!
APPLICATIONS ONLINE www.karibumusic.org
AY is without a doubt one of the smartest “kids on the block” as far as music in Tanzania is concerned. Of course he is not a “kid” but a grown up man who knows how to set the stage and have people dancing to the tune. You can read all about his journey to where he is in this article that I also used to revisit and re-release one of the best stuff from him.
After releasing a collaborative song Touch Me with one of global superstars, Kingston, towards the end of last year [You can watch the video here], AY is now putting his best jump suit and asking you to get ready for yet another race. His latest single will be released on 2nd February. That means, the fire is already burning and you are asked to be ready. Mark that day…2nd February. That is my mother’s birthday by the way if I can also make the date personal…can I? Did I tell you the name of the new single? It’s Zigo!
I am not sure how relevant he remains, but we can all agree [or even disagree] that Mrisho Mpoto is hell of an artist. He also took spoken word artistry to the next level when he wrote a famous letter to his “Uncle”-Mjomba which was translated [at least in the streets] to be a jab to political leaders for doing less over less in a country full of resources.
We know that his stance has since then changed. He has publicly supported the ruling party with a recent publicly available call for support of Edward Lowassa who is widely expected to vie presidential candidacy via ruling party CCM.
All said and done, everyone is free to air their political opinions. What you don’t want [especially if you are an artist] is to be remembered for your political affiliations than your works of art. That would hurt anyone with common sense pillars attached to his/her forehead.
When we want to breath, Mrisho Mpoto is here once again to prove his authority to poems and spoken word. The title Njoo Uchukue [Come Take It]. This is what he does best. Listen
Kwa miaka nenda rudi, wasanii wa kitanzania walikuwa na kilio kinachofanana. Ungekaa pembeni bila kuwaona, ungedhani kutokana na mwangwi wa kilio chao, anayelia ni mmoja. Hapana. Wote walikuwa [na pengine bado wanaendelea kulia] kutokana na kunyonywa “jasho lao”.
Kimsingi “jasho” wanalolilia limekuwa ni soko na usambazaji. Kipaji unacho na watu wanakubali kazi zako. Tatizo utaifikishaje kazi yako kwa mashabiki zako? Ni wazi kwamba unahitaji msaada wa kimasoko na usambazaji. Kusema utaweza kufanya kila kitu peke yako ni kujidanganya.Nani? Yupo wapi na utampa kazi zako kwa thamani gani? Kilio chao kilianzia hapo. Wengine wakaamua kuachana na muziki [wengine muziki umewaacha wao] kutokana na ukosefu wa soko la uhakika na kuona kadhaa ya kupanga foleni ukisubiri “hela yako”.
Mabadiliko ya masoko ya kazi za wasanii duniani kutoka kwenye mifumo ya ki-analojia kwenda kwenye dijitali na pia kutoka katika mifumo ya vitu kama CD mpaka kwenda kwenye matumizi ya simu na vikabrasha vingine vya mikononi, kulimaanisha kwamba soko la wasanii wa kitanzania [na Afrika kwa upana wake] lilikuwa linazidi kufifia. Hakuna tena shabiki anayetaka kubeba furushi la CD. Inakuwaje?
Hapo ndipo baadhi ya vijana wakaona fursa kuthibitisha kwamba penye tatizo ndipo pa kukimbilia.Fursa ni kama dhahabu au almasi.Huwezi kuiokota kando ya bahari ikiwa imetupwa ufukweni na mawimbi ya bahari. Wazo la fursa likazaa Mkito.Com mahali ambapo wasanii sasa wanapumua na huku changamoto pekee ni kuwashawishi mashabiki kupakua kazi zao kutoka Mkito.Com. Kila mara shabiki anapofanya hivyo, msanii ananufaika na kupata nguvu zaidi ya kuingia tena studio kunogesha mambo. It’s a win win situation.
Sune Mushendwa [pichani juu] ni mwanzilishi-mwenza wa Mkito.Com. Kujua mengi zaidi nilimtafuta na kupiga naye story kidogo. Ameelezea mengi. Nakukaribisha usome mahojiano yangu naye ili ujue yote ambayo umekuwa ukitaka kuyajua kuhusu Mkito.Com .Twende pamoja;
BC: Sune karibu sana ndani ya BongoCelebrity. Hii ni mara yako ya kwanza hapa na bila shaka wasomaji wangependa kupata japo kwa kifupi tu historia yako. Ulizaliwa wapi,ukakulia wapi na kusomea wapi na mambo kama hayo?
SM: Asante sana kwa kunikaribisha. Mimi nimekulia Arusha na ndipo niliposoma pia. Baada ya sekondari nilienda kusoma chuo kikuu nchini Finland ambako mama yangu ndipo anapotokea.
BC: Wajasiriamali wengi ambao nimewahi kufanya nao mahojiano huniambia kwamba waliamua kufanya wanachokifanya baada ya kukosa au kubughudhiwa na kitu fulani.Huwa kuna kisa au mkasa nyuma ya pazia. Kwa upande wa Mkito kuna kisa au mkasa wowote? Ilikuwaje mpaka ukasema Aha…Mkito ikaanza? Na hili jina lilikuja namna gani?
SM: Baada ya kutoka masomoni nilianzisha studio ya muziki Arusha.Lakini tatizo kubwa lililoonekana moja kwa moja ni kwamba wasanii pamoja na studio zinapata tabu sana katika kusambaza na kuuza kazi zao. Niliona tunahitajika njia ya kuweza kusambaza muziki kirahisi na pia kuingiza kipato kwa msanii. Baada ya research na maandalizi ya zaidi ya miaka 4 ndipo Mkito.com ilipozaliwa tarehe 30 April 2014.
BC: Mpaka sasa Mkito imefanikiwa kuwa na wasanii wangapi? Nini masharti ya msanii kujiunga au kuweka kazi zake katika Mkito?
SM: Kuna wasanii takriban 600 waliojiunga mpaka sasa na wanaongezeka kila siku. Masharti ya kujiunga ni marahisi, uwe umerekodi wimbo anghalau mmoja wenye ubora. Baada ya hapo msanii anaweza kujitengenezea akaunti yake kupitia tovuti www.mkito.com na kupakia[upload] nyimbo zake mwenyewe. Msanii baada ya hapo anaweza kufuatilia mauzo yake mwenyewe kupitia akaunti yake aliyoitengeneza.
BC: Bado nikiwa katika swali au maswali ya wasanii. Msanii akishaingia katika mkataba au makubaliano na ninyi, bado anakuwa na haki na uhuru wa kuendelea kusambaza kazi zake katika platforms zingine kama vile iTunes,Spotify,Google Play nk?
Prezzo is Kenyan. However, he has so much love for Tanzania in such a way that in a number of times he is confused [by music fans] to be the kid from Jakaya’s home. It works well for him. An artist shouldn’t have boundaries.
It’s no surprise; therefore, he is launching his latest single on a Tanzanian based digital music selling platform, Mkito. To him, Tanzania is home. He once almost found love in the land of peace and harmony before the dramatic scandals fueled by misuses of social media.
Enough stories. Here is his latest single Bila Mundai [I have no clue what Mundai means]. Listen,download and tell your friend to get it as well.
For a little while, Diamond Platinumz is what we’ll be talking about. Over the weekend, in Johannesburg-South Africa he broke the record for becoming the first East African artists to win 3 Channel O Music Awards in one night. He deserves it. He is presently running the show with hit songs and the kind of music that makes people feel good. They are the kind of songs that helps him enjoy the maximum shares of the African music market at the moment.
But as much as we talk about Diamond, we shouldn’t forget the folks that help him learn and appreciate the art of learning how to survive and succeed. I am talking about his management; as seen in the photo above. I have been lucky enough to deal with all of them while coordinating one of his international tours. Diamond is managed by multiple personalities. He has closed doors advisers that I am aware of but wouldn’t want to name them here.
It therefore didn’t surprise to hear him thanking his management over and over again during his award receiving speeches and even in his social media accounts. These fellas work hard behind him. They sometimes pushes the buttons too hard but as long as they get the work done, they deserve acknowledgement and praises. There is no way Diamond would have done what he has managed to do so far without having a team behind.
From left it is Salam, Babu Tale and Mkubwa Fella who announced recently that he is joining political party politics under CCM wing. Therefore, as you congratulate Diamond, don’t forget these fellas who works just as hard to push forward not only Diamond’s music but rather generation X’s music to the global stage.