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
His known “dark” side is being violent. However, you can hardly deny the fact that he has a unique flow and mastery to the art of Hip-Hop. I am talking about Chid Benz [Mtoto wa Ilala]. From the days when he shot to fame with Dar Stand Up, Chid has remained one of the artists who rarely make a turn into wrong hood.
Here is his new track titled Mpaka Kuchee featuring Diamond Platinumz and AY who I recently chatted with him and released one of the songs from his early days. Listen Up…
Bushoke is one of the most naturally gifted vocalist of this generation [in Tanzania and East Africa-good to be specific]. Even with such a gifted voice and coming from a family of artists [his Dad is Max Bushoke-one of the earlier generation great vocalists] he can’t claim to have been very lucky. His career so far has had twists and turns. There was success that came from his hit song Barua. Then he fell off…drifted like a bus meandering through mountains in deep Chile. Substance Abuse became part of his ordeal.
I am therefore glad to see him bouncing back. His voice is definitely one thing of which music fans across the nation have missed. The new song is titled Bwagamoyo. For some of you not familiar with Tanzania, Bagamoyo is a small town about 75 Kilometres from Dar-es-salaam on the coast of Indian Ocean. It is said, Bagamoyo is a place where you can go relax and put your mind to rest. The song connects the place and image of love where Bushoke announces to rest his mind[love] on someone. Listen
The last time these two collaborated in a hit song [ to the best of my knowledge] is when they remixed Mzee Wa Busara. That work followed long time rumors that these two didn’t see eye to eye. They had a “beef” for a while. It became almost a street war for these two popular artists hailing from Temeke in Dar-es-salaam, the neighborhood that is known to be “tough land”. Mzee Wa Busara collaboration settled whatever “beef” they had. They proved to be grown ups who wouldn’t depend or live with grudges forever.
Years later, these two are back in studio-together. They are actually rumored to be making a collaborative album. I can’t confirm that. However, if those rumors have truth element in it, the proof could be from this single. It is titled Mungu Ndio Anapanga produced by Duppy at Uprise Music.
Listen Up and share. There is a good feeling in sharing. If you feel down[hey we all have fading days]…send someone this song. It’s a good song and a good message. Enjoy
Recently I saw the biopic of James Brown titled Get On Up [ I recommend any movie lover to go see this movie]. As you know or have heard countless times, James Brown [The Godfather Of Soul] is often referred as The Hardest Working Man In Showbiz. He was vocal,flashy and witty. He worked hard to change the way things run in music industry. What JB did is valid to this day. Hard work pays.
I am not sure if Professor Jay has seen Get On Up yet. But his lately energy of working hard somehow made me connect him into the throne of artists who works hard. With fans eagerly waiting for the video of Kipi Sijasikia, Professor dropped Tatu Chafu. You may think [with success and fame that he has enjoyed -and continue to enjoy and attract] he’d slow down. Nah! He is busy than ever before. Right now he is shooting for the video of Tatu Chafu, a true hip-hop single he released recently. The image you see above is from one of the location during the shooting of the video. Jiize is on the fastest lane and not even a highway patrol trooper is about to catch him. He doesn’t seem to sit down and depend on wind and the rain to bring success. He is running after it even harder.
Here is one collaboration that many didn’t see it coming. We didn’t either. Bob Junior, who is known to be more of an entertainer and Roma Mkatoliki who is considered to be a straight A’s Hip Hop Artist and a crusader of “telling it as it is” messages. The collaboration happened and I am hereby presenting it. Listen Up
From time to time, when you are an artist of Professor Jay’s calibre, for example, there will some fellas trying to shoot at you. It may be not the shootings like the ones in New York City, Chicago, Toronto, South Central LA etc. They will shoot you with lyrics in order to trigger some sort of hip-hop battles. That is something I wouldn’t suggest to anyone. If you are trying to come out, Professor Jay is probably not the right convenience store to rob. You will be video-taped and you will be killed anyway. Don’t walk the knife-edge of danger.Lesson learned,right?
As he promised few weeks ago, Professor Jay is rising once again. He is now officially an artists who always restless for fresh horizons. In Tatu Chafu, Professor Jay reminds everyone what he is capable of doing with lyrics,beats and his entire outlook to the society.
I have spent countless hours with Professor Jay in studios,streets, home etc. Ubongo wake ni mkubwa. Even with countless hours together, I still can’t get over the obsessive sense of everything coming out of his mouth to the recording microphones. Every time he clears his throat, I want to pay attention. I listen to every word and syllables. Sometimes it’s like falling into silence without a sound, without any weight.
Enough said, ladies and gentlemen, here is Professor Jay’s Tatu Chafu.
Before the end of June, Dayna Nyange, one of the few female artists in Tanzania pushing waves with male artists, released her latest single, I Do. If you never had it please click here. Now it seems Ms Dayna is getting ready for the video featuring former Big Brother Africa representative for Tanzania in the past episode, Nando.
I once heard[rumors of course]that Dayna and Nando were getting “busy”. I never got any further confirmation. You probably know why.At BC we try to focus on things that matter. We are simply a No Gossip site. While awaiting for I Do video I have a question for you[especially ladies]. Its your wedding day or just shopping for wedding gowns,tuxedos etc. Your husband to be[fiancee] insists that he wants to wear lime-green socks at your wedding to match his tie. Would you let him do that? Lime-green.
If you thought Ali Kiba’s silence for over two years would throw him out of the game, it’s about time you dare to think differently. That is also applies if your first reaction after was something like, “Ooh Yeah He Is Back”. Like a dream attacked by common sense, I want to remind you something; he hadn’t gone anywhere!!
His silence, therefore, can now be interpreted as someone who didn’t want to be just sure but rather solidly sure. As the enthusiasm was building among his fans [the most important commodity any artist could have] he was counting hours in studio with Man Water perfecting what you are about to hear. That went with anxious search for the meaning behind words to make sensible lyrics.
During recording and rehearsal breaks, he was also developing his game plan. He wanted not to just survive as an artist but rather thrive! He didn’t want to succumb to the industry’s pressure of releasing songs back to back hoping somewhere in the middle one track goes “viral” in clubs etc
Like any other business out there, music industry has had to adapt to the rapidly changing world. As an artist, when fans are waiting [and even add a bit of pressure on you] it is easy to succumb and push out what might end up being your “career suicide”. You have to learn to make music that offers both immediate enjoyment and long-term pleasure. That is how legends are made.
As they say, stay in touch and you’ll stay in business. Kiba did that. He kept his fans alive and active through social networks accounts he maintains. In the world of fastest information sharing tools such as social networks, Kiba was also aware that he has tough head-to-head competition. African music is changing.
He heard it all. The purported “beef” with other artists. The disses. He, however, decided to remain professional and let his music reign and hope that history will judge him according to his artistic works and not how many times the tabloids used his name and story to dull the cutting edge of other folks’ loneliness. Instead of be like someone like a loaded dueling pistol with a hair-trigger temper, he remained cool as a judge.
On the other hand, he knew his talent means one important thing; the door of opportunity is unbelievably wide. But since, it takes two to tango, he is hereby releasing not one but two brand new tracks. They are titled Mwana & Kimasomaso. I am hereby presenting them. Now, don’t be like a decent man in the wrong job. Be social. Share the news. Therse releases are powered and brought to you through www.mkito.com[ The more humane way of sharing music in Tanzania]. Preview and Download! Now before you can download, you will be asked to create an account. Please do. Your favorite artists gets paid when you support their music by downloading their songs. It can’t be better than that. FREE for you and SUPPORT YOUR ARTISTS. Let’s Go!
Here is the Song Mwana
Here is the song Kimasomaso...great re-make from Legend Tanzanian artist,The Late Issa Matona
Connect with Ali Kiba on social networks as you see on the photo below!
Have you ever heard someone saying, “they were not enemies, but too cautious to be friends”?. I kinda thought of that after listening to Peter Msechu’s new song Nyota.[don't worry you are about to listen to it too].What do you do when someone does you wrong?[Is that English?]. Do you tell them? Do you wish them well and just move on with your life?
I have followed Peter Msechu’s career since his Project Tusker…He rose to stardom and brought home the pride that has eluded us a nation for too long sometimes.
Then he had to learn a hard way that winning a talent competition is one thing different from actually making it as an artist even though no one can question your talent and abilities. He somehow went “under the radar”. It was almost like catching it and killing it and pinning it down, but then you realize it wasn’t a butterfly anymore.
After some attempts, I think he has come to his place-again. Here is a great song from Peter Msechu Feat. Amini who is famously or easily identified when you add “Amini wa THT”.