In the western world, the lights are already glowing and shining. In the shopping malls,Santa has already taken his usual position to create those lasting memories for kids. The radios’ playlists reflects the Christmas mood with songs that reminds us that it’s about time to go home for Christmas. It is that time of the year.
A huge difference between how Christmas is celebrated in the western world and how the same goes down in Africa,is the level of noises and lights.In Africa,lights don’t matter that much even though growing up I remember seeing a Christmas tree at my grandpa’s living room with cotton pieces indicating “snow”. Without lights though…it was noisy. In North America,for example, Christmas goes very quiet. Streets are usually empty. If you walk around you can only hear distant sounds of music coming from basements.
Things are changing though. Africa is getting quiet and the western hemisphere is learning to have “fun”. To kick start the season, Lameck Ditto has released a Christmas song titled Heri Ya Christmas. Listen and Download it below.
If her career into music was a computerized chart for economists, it’d look like one of those stocks where no one ever stop smiling. It keeps shooting up and the few glitches don’t last overnight. Since she decided to add performing artist title in her resume, Vanessa Mdee hasn’t let us down. Her dedication, creativity and free soul spirit could be credited for her success so far.
Okay, I don’t want to talk about her career that much but rather for her later single with Barnaba out of which the images you see below came from. Aren’t they awesome? They are for the single titled “Siri” which came out earlier today and you can download it from www.mkito.com.
Here is their new single titled Siri (Click On The Link To Download)
I am still not very sure where to place Julio Batalia as far as Bongo Fleva/Hip-Hop music goes. What I can say for now is he is slowly finding his place. It could be the same thing that Pitbull does for American music or it could be something else.He is part of the changing scenario of TZ Music. When you finish watching the video I am about to present you may understand better where does my distant comparison with Pitbull is coming from.
Here is the video for Special For You a party party song featuring Chege. It’s Tudd Thomas’ production.
It’s Wednesday 22nd October 2014. It’s another day for you to feel excited and blessed. Music runs through our blood. Good music can make a worse, horrible, terrible day to be great day. Wouldn’t you agree?
I wrote a little bit about this collaboration between MwanaFA and Ali Kiba. One is considered “Classic” in almost everything he does while the other is arguably the king of Bongo Fleva. You may duck the tapes and argue, but there is always someone standing as tall as a giraffe.The producer is Marco Chali at MJ Records
Here is the link for Kiboko Yangu. CLICK HERE
Chris Wamarya aka Shine Star is without a doubt one hell of a talented singer. You might have heard him and you may have never. It all comes from a fact that talent got be mixed up well with hard work, right management and of course a sheer of luck. That is how you stay ahead. It is one sure way of indicating to your competitors that you are passing and you need a way.
At the bottom line,however, you have to keep doing what you are best at; sing. That is where Cheusi Mangala comes in. It’s a new single from Chris which borrows the theme from OTTU Jazz’s song Cheusi Mangala. But instead of just covering the old dance hit, Chris decided to show what he can do with vocals and words.
After weeks of anticipation and intense expectation, Triple MG front-line artiste, Iyanya, releases the video to his banging hit track “Mr Oreo”.One of the tracks off the Triple MG album, “Mr Oreo” was produced in-house by Selebobo the official MMMG producer. The video, directed by Mega Boi, is a compilation of pictures with a seductive, flirty feel to it, just as the song itself describes.With a flurry of pretty, classy girls, flirting and swaying with Mr Oreo himself, the video is definitely worth the hype.
My grandpa once told me better late than never. I took his advise to heart. In most cases it has worked for me and in some isolated incidents mixed with other minor factor,it back fired. I like to take my time. Yes..sometimes too much to the point my “enemies”[I have very few by the way-not worth it] forgets I am awake even when I am not directly observing. They end up running in shame and disgust.
I took time to post Show You Off from The Mith. I hadn’t heard much about him or his music. I had to take a walk around the bath tub and imagine its the Pacific. It turns out The Mith is something worth listening to. He is a jewel somewhere on the East Coast Of Africa. He has been around…Yes
“Show You Off” is the 3rd official single of THE MITH’s highly anticipated sophomore album titled “Destination: AFRICA”. The song was produced by Samurae from Talent Africa, and features the vocal contributions of Abaasa “The Drummer Boy”
THE MITH, who is known for delivering some of the strongest songs for the ladies, delivers another one off the top shelf. With a beat that is inspired by the traditional sound from western Uganda, and/or Rwanda, THE MITH flows effortlessly over this beat, talking about the Lady in his life.
Here are the details. The germ is below
THE MITH ft. Abaasa
Show You Off (#ShowYouOff)
Prod by Samurae
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
Africa’s best music duo, P-Square have so far proved that with great music,connections and daring collaboration across countries and culture is possible and dope. After all, when you take a deep look, its a win win situation. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country [which explains the market] and US is well…the HQ of almost everything [I know,you may not like that fact]
Few days ago, P-Square released a video for song Ejeajo Featuring Atlanta born and raised rapper T.I [incidentally, he is my first son’s favorite Rapper]. While I know you may have seen this video already, I just thought I should post it because BC ain’t about yesterday or today only. It is the future. Here is Ejeajo
Rumor has it P-Square might soon drop something they have done with Usher. Can you imagine how that is gonna be?
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