After an on and off lengthy illness, Tanzanian veteran musician,Maalim ,Gurumo passed away yesterday in Dar es Salaam. Maalim Gurumo died at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) where he was admitted.
He will be remembered as one of the top and talented musicians to have ever emerged from Tanzania. He was one of the greatest songwriter with almost all his songs telling a tale of caution towards life and how we view the world. Gurumo, an ardent Simba Sports Club fan, was a member of the Msondo Ngoma Music Band for over ten years.
May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Amen
I am not sure whether Millian has a recollection of what I am about to write here. I have known him since late 90s. We first met when I used to work for DHL in Dar-es-salaam. He was one of my good customers sending and receiving parcels from United States. He’d pop in the office at Peugeot House and even before I take care of his parcels, we’d have a chat about music,life and other things. By then he was more into gospel music. I wasn’t sure where I stood between secular music vs gospel music.
One thing was clear. He had talent and love for music. Fast forward years later, he is now bringing his talent to the bigger stage. Here is one of his latest singles titled Lisa Love. Take a listen and hear the talent in him. I am sure there are more to come from Millian. All the best pal.
Z-Anto anasema Ukipendwa Ringa. Eti ni kweli? Utajuaje unapendwa?Mmmh well…Z-Anto anasema ruksa “kujishebedua” mtoto wa kike ukipendwa.Msikilize
The release I am about to present came with the fine written notes that I have found no need to alter.
The latest joint “You Are My Star” by Reggae and Dancehall legend Malfred is finest Reggae with a fresh Caribbean flavour that brings a new flavour to the East African music scene. Featuring the Zambian-German vocalist Yvonne Mwale with her soulful voice makes this refreshing love tune a jewel that will make the speakers of your stereo rejoice!
The collaboration of both artists is not a surprise: Not only are both musical friends for some years, they also share their deep love for Reggae music. Malfred made waves in Tanzania when participating at Bongo Star Search some years ago where he originally was discovered. Some of his hits are “Poyoyo”, “Asante Mama”, “Mrembo”, “Kudadeki” and “My Desire”. His latest album “Hizia Zangu” was released 2012 by Maisha Music.
Yvonne Mwale is currently one of the most promising Afro-Jazz talents. Her songs like “Kalamatila” and “Familia Yangu” got wide attention and played on radio stations all over the world. With “Sihitaji Marafiki”, a collaboration with Fid Q, she reached also in Tanzania a wide audience. Her new album will be released on 28th June this year with a big concert in Frankfurt (Germany). Later this year she is scheduled to participate at the Afrika-Festival Stuttgart and the Master Jam Jazz Festival.
Here is the joint
“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
Huwa nasikia faraja ya aina yake ninaposikia nyimbo mpya kutoka kwa wasanii ambao kwa utaratibu na heshima yao tunawaita “wakongwe”. Unajua kazi ya muziki sio lelemama. Kama huamini,tizama wasanii waliokuwa wanatamba tulipokuwa tunaingia karne mpya yaani ule usiku wa millenia.
Wengi wao hawasikiki wala hawajulikani wapo wapi. Kwa bahati mbaya zaidi na sisi kama taifa bado hatuna utaratibu wa kuhifadhi kumbukumbu zao wala hata anuani zao. Ni jambo ambalo BASATA wanaweza kufaidika zaidi kama wataliangalia. Ni kwa faida pia ya vizazi vijavyo. Bila shaka watataka kujua mambo kadhaa kuhusu wasanii fulani. Wasanii wawe “wanachama” na kuwepo na utaratibu wa angalau kujua anuani zao na ikiwezekana hata maendeleo yao. Mchango wao katika sanaa uthaminiwe.
Nimegusia hicho nilichogusia hapo juu baada ya kusikiliza wimbo mpya kutoka kwa Juma Nature akiwa amemshirikisha Lady Jaydee. Hawa ni “wakongwe”.Wanajua pilikapilika wazizopitia. Wanajua kupanda daladala kwa “umaarufu”. Wanajua kushinda njaa kwa sababu kazi ya sanaa bado haithaminiki. Wanajua chachu ya kuambiwa “ah, wewe huwezi kabisa”. Na unapoona wamedumu kwa muda mrefu hivi na bado wangali na uwezo wa kuingia studio na kutoka na vitu vizuri, tunapaswa kuwapa heshima yao. We salute them on your behalf. Huu hapa wimbo Kama Jana…Sikiliza
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
A few years ago, Tanzanians weren’t looking to Nigeria for musical inspiration or entertainment . In fact, few Nigerian artists were even known on our east coast of African country than Fela Kuti and somehow King Sunny Ade . And these two were known among older generation folks who had either traveled abroad and come across the wave of Afro Beat that Kuti had mushroomed around the world especially in UK. As for me, the first time I saw anything Fela was through one of my grandpa’s collection.
Years later, there was a Naija infusion into East Africa. Things changed. Tanzanians were now dancing to Naija tunes. One of the name we can’t miss to credit for that intrusion is the duo Bracket. Who didn’t feel the Yori Yori? I still remember how a street vendor in Dar-es-salaam introduced me to Yori Yori. He was wiggling,jumping up and down enjoying the tune in his head. I inquired and was told “I am dancing to Yori Yori“. I was into Yori Yori just few hours after that encounter with the young man.
Of course Yori Yori had followed the path that 2Face Idibia had created when he rocked the world with African Queen [still one of few songs from an african artist to soundtrack a North American made major blockbuster movie]
Now Bracket are back. Ape Planet Production has finally dropped the music video for Bracket ‘s latest hit single titled Mama Africa.
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…