If music could be compared with boxing, Ali Kiba’s new single Chekecha Cheketua would be an appropriate reminder (and literal comparison) of the December 8th, 2012 boxing match between rival boxers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez that was later named Fight Of The Year and Knockout Of The Year by Ring Magazine.
With just one second remaining into the sixth round, Márquez threw a punch that not only gave him a much-needed victory but also a knockout that almost ended Manny Pacquiao’s career. It was a punch of a lifetime. Márquez was determined right there to win it all. He did. There was no need for a count or throwing in a towel. It was a clear and jubilant win for the Mexican and an embarrassing loss for a Filipino.
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada to the shores of Africa, you could see how Pacquiao’s fans were looking for places to hide their faces. They were glancing about for help, an exit, or escape. His wife was hysterical. His Mother was praying for his life. Everyone was. His fans couldn’t believe what had just happened! There was plenty of head shaking voicing denial. They all felt a sudden coldness that hits at the core. The s*%t was real.
We can argue that music is no boxing. Of course. But with Chekecha Cheketua, without any doubt, Ali Kiba has thrown a “Márquez”. The only difference in his killer punch is that, it is expected from an artist like Kiba. The King. He proved he is worthy every inch of attention when Mwana came out. He is now on it again to protect his supremacy.
One thing that seems to be clear to me as I finished listening to Chekecha Cheketua for 10th time [that is my rule when I want to review a new song-listen to it 10 times] is that Ali Kiba isn’t competing with anyone. I know there is or have been suggestions that he is competing with other artists. He ain’t, in my opinion. There is an incredible energy behind his skills. With songs like Mwana,Chekecha Cheketua and his other classics like Dushelele, Mapenzi Yana Run Dunia, Cinderella etc, he is now on his own league, revolution and mission.
Here is Chekecha Cheketua. Download It. Ask Your Friends To Do The Same. It was produced at Cheidaz Records by Aby Daddy. Guitar by Loso.
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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.
If you are AY, you can afford to take risks. You can try some things you have never tried before. You test different levels of water and hope like how it can happen after a skiing mishap, and you dig your way out of an avalanche and find yourself in a totally different place. It can be stimulating…still. The only problem is, you will have to struggle to find your way home.
From what I have written above, you can tell I have mixed feelings [but with acceptance] about AY’s new single Zigo. It’s something different from AY…he went slower [remember he is one of the tongue-twist champs I know]. All said, it doesn’t make me feel shocked like when your e-reader receives messages from alien civilizations in the Andromeda Galaxy.
Here is Zigo…Enjoy
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.
Few years ago Nigerians weren’t looking to East Africa for inspirations or rather music collaboration. That started to change when Davido saw something in Diamond Platinumz before they got in studio for the remix of the song Number One which eventually not only introduced Diamond to Nigerian population but also made more Naija artists pay attention to Tanzania’s music etc.
Waje, another Nigeria’s superstar has a new song in which he invited Diamond Platinumz to add the Bongo Fleva in it. The song is titled Coco Baby. Listen Up below. I love the full afro fusion beats in this song.
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.
I mentioned last week that despite everything going on,said and done about Lady Jay Dee, there is a good reason her fans nicknamed her “Commando”. She can shake it off, get focused and move on. Whether she has entirely decided to take a new direction in her personal life or not, fans can have one guarantee. She is gonna keep doing what she does best; music.
Before the year ends and now under “new management”, Lady Jay Dee says “Forever”. In this new joint in which she collaborates with Dabo. In Forever, Lady Jay Dee is trying new heights with a reggae fusion afar from her usual Afro fusion [zouk like] we are used of.
If today’s Tanzanian music can credit someone for taking it international, AY stands more than a big chance to take that credit. He wanted to go out and inform the world that somewhere in East Africa there is a country known as Tanzania and yes there are young folks who can dare to walk in the cloud. Life and career,after all, is about dreaming and doing. When the morning comes,you have to get up,shake it all off and stand out of the hood avenue and start taking that walk to downtown. You will need confidence, good team and willingness to work hard.
For AY,that determination and dream saw him advancing not only his career but also helped others to reach just as far. But be warned,he is not done yet. He wants more. The race has just started. In his instagram posts,AY urged his fans to pretend like they haven’t heard anything from him before. This is the beginning.
In that race, he now has a brand new joint featuring Sean Kingston and Ms Triniti. The song is titled Touch Me. It’s produced by Riley & Zaire Koalo
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)
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