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After covering thousands of miles with a journey that began with one step, The 2014 Serengeti Fiesta festivals are set to end in Dar at the Leadesr club this weekend.

T.I –USA, Waje-Nigeria, Ash Hamman-Dubai and Victoria Kimani-Kenya are the international artists expected to land at the Julius Nyerere International airport today for the 2014 Serengeti Fiesta finals this Saturday.

A Swahili saying that says “Hayawi hayawi mwisho huwa” will be justified today as thousands of fans in Tanzania get set to be full at the Mwl. Julius Nyerere International airport to welcome T.I and other international artists that will rock the stage of Serengeti Fiesta finals this year.

The 2014 Serengeti Fiesta finals are set to be even more colourful whereby some of the local artists expected to accompany T.I include the likes of: – Diamond Platnumz, Ya Moto Band, TMK Wanaume Family, Weusi, Tip Top Connection, Ommy Dimpoz, Alikiba, Mwana Fa, Shaa, Vanessa Mdee, Recho, Linah, Barnaba, Mr. Blue, Young Killa, Ney wa Mitego and Stamina all set to define and prove indeed The 2014 Serengeti Fiesta “Ni Sheeedah” that day.

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Victoria Kimani

Speaking to journalists a day before the main show was Serengeti Premium Lager’s Brand Manager Mr. Rugambo Rodney who said… “We were eagerly looking forward to this day and indeed everything is working according to plan….Tomorrow is the D-day and mine is to assure our fans that SBL together with prime promotions will deliver one of the best shows of the 2014 Serengeti Fiesta and this is proved by the number of International and local artists on the list”.

As the 2014 Serengeti Fiesta’s D-day on the horizon, there have been a number of pre-activities also taking place in Dar. First, Dance la Fiesta a dancing competition that took place at San Siro Sinza gave judges a headache as who was the best amongst the groups that had come to compete but at last it was “Wazawa” who walked away with 3million Tsh after great performances that satisfied the judges, then came the Super Nyota Divas competition Dar region where “Hellen George” from Dar will face off 16 contestants from other regions for the year’s Serengeti Super Nyota Diva competition.

Serengeti Fiesta has toured more than 15 regions in Tanzania this year. Fiesta has empowered local citizens in the regions visited and has also received great recognition in regions that festivals have happened for the first time such as Kahama, Bukoba and Songea.

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For many years, Kenya has suffered political and social tensions originating from simple things such as tribalism. I call them “simple” because in Tanzania asking someone about their tribe is still to a large extent taken as a crime. You are Tanzanian, period. It doesn’t matter where my deeper roots are.

Things are changing in Kenya [at least that is what outsiders like me are convinced to believe]. One person responsible for uniting Kenyans right now is their President, Uhuru Kenyatta. He is regarded as cool, uncomplicated and well… man of the people including the underdogs, street folks. He is fashionable and from time to time likes to portray what Kenya is or what it can become. Here are few photos of President Kenyatta in full combat. These photos are trending right now for good reasons. Need me say more?

Photos Credit: Nairobi Wire

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 30, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced through a post on Facebook on Oct. 14 that they are donating $25 million to help combat the deadly disease that has already infected almost a million people.

Here is a full statement from Mark and Priscilla

Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.
The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.
We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.
Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.
We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.
To learn more about the fight against Ebola: http://www.cdcfoundation.org/ebola-outbreak

 

 

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Miriam on her send-off party last weekend. Photo Courtesy Shamim Mwasha at 8020 Fashions Blog

I don’t remember the last time I posted something on weddings/marriages etc. If I do, it is when I posted the list of African songs carrying the wedding theme. I encourage you to search African Wedding Songs.I’m working on rolling out the updated list soon.

Miriam is a fellow blogger. We sit and brainstorm on a number of things including how to move forward the idea of Blogging For Social Change. She creates her Fashion Police buzz through www.missiepopular.blogspot.com. She is now about to step into adulthood [yes adulthood]. Her wedding is on air.

I am writing you Miriam [and your future husband] all the best. There is no formula to marriage. I’m therefore going to stay away from the speech patterns of uwe msikivu na mvumilivu na uwe makini na mashoga. You will find it all along as days becomes months and years. The only advise worth giving is PRAY.Always PRAY.PRAY again.

 

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HBC-Hard Blasterz Crew

Hard Blasterz Crew- Professor Jay, Terry(Fanani) and William Shundi [Big Willy)

One of the most popular Hip-Hop groups in Tanzania was, without a doubt, HBC (Hard Blasterz Crew) which had it’s head quarters in East Upanga neighborhood. It’s the group that later championed the change in Tanzania’s new generation music when their album, Funga Kazi, carried a single such as Chemsha Bongo performed by Professor Jay [then Nigga Jay].

When a photo surfaced [and posted by Professor Jay on his social media accounts] showing Professor Jay, Terry and Big Willy at Mwanalizombe Studio [owned by Professor Jay] news went wild and fast online that finally…HBC was coming back.

I am one of the folks that got excited. I have known these fellas since then when a single car [pick-up] on a street could carry all of us to Coco Beach for a fun filled Sunday evenings. It was I almost got assaulted by noise.

But when I approached Professor Jay for HBC comeback confirmation, he had a different story. He is not sure. May be it’s a marketing and promotion stunt [you keep the anticipation as high as possible for as long as necessary]. As a fan, I am waiting. I know you are waiting too. Let’s see

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Here is the Official video for the recently released single titled  Bwagamoyo from Bushoke.

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Jokate Mwegelo-South Africa

Dare to be different. Walk is if you were the first man to land on the moon. Dare to think differently too. You could be the next Steve Jobs. Jokate Mwegelo recently caused “talks” online when the photos emerged of her wearing…well…as above. By the way, was it as daring as RiRi? No?

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Now you can not only control your venue,profits or promote your brand but can also “give back” to your customers etc. Make them win anything as they attend your event etc. See the details below and feel free to call and order

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Joseph Mbilinyi [Sugu],Faiza Ally and their baby Sasha

While we are looking towards Hollywood,New York and Washington for breaking-up news, on our backyard things aren’t as mellow as we’d think. Just after two years since they welcomed baby Sasha on earth, Mbeya MP and one of hip-hop legends in Tanzania, Joseph Mbilinyi aka Sugu and his fiancee Faiza Ally, are no longer together.

According to news reported first by Bongo5 and revelation on Faiza’s Instagram account, the two have gone separate ways and now Faiza has to raise Sasha as a single mother. It’s sad news!

 

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As independent as we are [no affiliation with any media house,subsidiary etc] we have clocked 21K Followers as of today. I have nothing but appreciation to all of you. Thank You

If you are reading this and haven’t joined us on Twitter, you can do that now @BongoCelebrity .For easier access, click on Twitter links on the left.

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