One challenge that every artist faces day in and day out is to remain an artist. To circumvent that trap, creativity must be at high gear-Always. It’s hard out there. Diamond Platinumz, seems to understand that challenge perfectly. He is prepared to even tap into often forgotten fan base.
I found myself rhyming with thoughts and vibes after watching Diamond’s new song collaborating with one and only Khadija Omar Kopa. This genre or type of music was first known as Taarab before getting so many other names including “Mipasho”. The genre is famous among the people living on the coasts of East African cities. It’s a tell-it-like it is. You are mean; I am going to tell you exactly that. Of course the “at your face” confrontational jabs will not be delivered at your doorsteps but through music.
Nasema Nawe is a reminder of an artist who stays on top through innovation…at least in the way he builds new audience. Here is the video.
Here is one thing I probably have never said before. When I heard that Vanessa Mdee was taking a leap of faith to jump from being a VJ and stuff like that to a full-swing artist, I had doubts. Even when I interviewed her, something on my mind was telling me otherwise. By then, if I am not mistaken, I had heard only few of her songs and they all sounded to be “made from machines” than from a natural talented singer. I didn’t want to air my opinion and sound like I am teaching one’s grandmother to suck eggs. I kept quiet.
I gotta admit; I was wrong. I think I had allowed myself to be naïve towards the direction the music world was/is taking. In almost the twinkling of an eye, she had turned out to be The Artist to watch, listen and admire. Her career has evolved and now all I can do is to wonder how far can she go. She has close to perfect strategies for an artist’s career.
Latest from her is this collaboration with South African artist K.O. The name of the song is Nobody But Me [NBM] produced jointly by Tanzanian Nahreel and South African producer, Lunatic who also produced KO’s song Cara Cara. Another popular producer, Master A, added flavor to this tune.
Listen and download here and then watch the video below.
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
DJ Choka is a DJ than an artist. However, art is something inside every mind that excels or can excel in anything that requires creativity. Therefore, his piece of being an “artist” pushes him into the booth once in a while. Lucky for him, his experience on the microphone hyping crowds and fans, always comes handy when he jumps into the closed doors with only see through mirrors.
He is back on it again and this time he says “Nitalala Uzeeni”. He is given company by Young Lunya, Country Boy, Deddy, Climax Bibo & Bgway. The young don’t need to sleep. They need to hustle, hustle hard. Their time to sleep will come. Here is Nitalala Uzeeni.
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.
The SHiiKANE sisters are back with a new single! ‘Sweedim’ produced by P2J, a song showing the romantic, playful and charming side of SHiiKANE.
In the spirit of fun and love YOU have a chance to get involved and win up to $1500 cash by entering the “Sweedim Competition” follow the rules below:
1. Follow @the3amigas on Instagram and @SHiiKANE on Twitter
- Like @SHiiKANE Facebook page
- Post a video of you singing the chorus to “Sweedim” on Instagram and hashtag the video #SHiiKANESweedim
The Instagram VIDEO WITH MOST LIKES WINS!!! No cheating!!!
Download link http://hu.lk/i61sm7wi1gqo
1ST Prize $1500
2nd Prize $700
3rd Prize $250
Competition Ends March 27th Winners announced March 31st Have fun with it …. special prize for the most interesting video!!
Fridays have traditionally been hot, warm or even cold depending on where you are and how the week behaved. You could be eagerly waiting for the last train home after a great night out or you could be cuddling with your sleepwear contemplating if what just happened is a nightmare or it’s real. Of course, if you are on #Team payrolls you may be hoping the wind and the rain would take away the brooding pain.
This Friday [I mean tomorrow], however, and for only one simple reason; lots of folks’ palms will be sweaty. Hands will be trembling. People will be gossiping with others, sharing excitement and giggling. No one will easily manage to think or taIk about anything else. I know I am going to be covering my face and then peek while crossing and uncrossing my legs. We will all be in same state of mind.Anticipation.
The above follows the building excitement. Folks are energized. Some are already singing, humming and chanting. They are moving about, being unable to stay still. It’s like they have been assured of the promise of unspoiled paradise. It sends shockwaves of an intense desire to share the feeling with others.
Ali Kiba is the one who is about to make Friday 27th 2015 an extraordinary one. Ya’ll gonna be feeling aggressive and alive. Love will be on the air. There will be a rapid increase in heartbeat and rate of respiration. The way ladies will be moving on the floors whether at home, street pavement or night clubs will never be the same. They will be Chekecha Cheketua. That is Ali Kiba’s new single to be released tomorrow. Stay tuned and focused. Most importantly, stay calm. The King.
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?
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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?