Tanzanian soccer star, Mbwana Samatta, who plays for TP Mazembe, is on the verge of becoming the first Tanzanian to play in UEFA Champions League if all goes well for him to join CSKA Moscow of Russia.
Samattta, has already passed the first phase of his trial-outs with Moscow’s club and reports says his deal may be finalized in the next two or three days. He is currently still training with CSKA in Campoamor, Spain where they have set their training camp. In Moscow,CSKA is currently in second position behind Zenit which leads with 41 points. CSKA has 34 points.
Mbwana who joined TP Mazembe in 2011 from Dar-es-salaam based Simba Sports Club at $150,000 is expected to earn Mazembe and its owner Moise Katumbi [and Simba] a significant return if he joins CSKA. He is said to be eyed by a Spanish club Atletico Madrid which also has stars such as Fernando Torres, Mandzukic and Koke.
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The African Cup Of Nations 2015 is On. Yes, you could be one of those people waiting for quarterfinal, semi-final and final matches, but I can tell you right now that the group stage is always the most entertaining and well fought. That’s where we are now and already there are some serious surprises.
For example in group C, Ghana which is one of the favorite to win especially following their great performance in Brazil last summer, were beaten 2-1 by Senegal. Ivory Coast, full of super stars and one of the favorites to win couldn’t beat Guinea in Group D match that ended with a 1-1 draw.
You can watch all these matches on DStv [SuperSports channels] all across Africa where the services are available. You can see the time table for this year’s African Cup Of Nations here.
About two years ago, accompanied by a number of fellow bloggers, we visited the historical town of Bagamoyo located about 75 kilometers North Of Dar-es-salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania. We were attending the annual Bagamoyo International Arts Festival, which is one of the biggest events in Bagamoyo every year.
As it turned out, that trip would also take us to the home of an iconic Tanzanian Reggae artist, Jhiko Man. We surprised him with a visit. When he saw us, he couldn’t contain his smile even for one more second. He beamed. It was my first time to come face to face with Jhiko Man even though I had seen him on stage a few times and had interviewed him from miles away over the phone in the years spanning his career.
He invited us on his porch overlooking the Indian Ocean. As we sat down, we could feel the breeze from the ocean. To my surprise and true to his natural sense of humanity [I am pretty sure it has all to do with his Rastafarian beliefs] he agreed to my ambush-like camera interview. Without much preparation, the camera started rolling and I was interviewing Jhiko Man- again!
It was just a short interview where we talked more about the arts festival and the Town Of Bagamoyo. He hinted about he then upcoming European Tour and I took that opportunity to ask and encourage him to do international collaborations. As he answered that question and took in my suggestion, he smiled with remembered pleasure. Two years later I know why; he had it all in his mind and he knew it was coming.
Jhiko Man with Jamaican Peetah Morgan [from Morgan Heritage] are saying Africa Arise. It is one of the most beautiful reggae song I have heard lately. I could talk a lot about the perfection of this song but I am gonna let you listen and just jam it louder. I know you will feel it. Congratulations my brother Jhiko Man. You are travelling to even higher spaces. Jah Vibration…
The other day, Real Madrid and Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or world footballer of the year [FIFA World Player Of The Year] for the second year in a row to make him 3 times winner of the prestigious award in soccer.
Ronaldo, however, is not just a superstar on a pitch but also off the pitch where he is regarded as one of the most fashionable soccer players in the world. He is also a known humanitarian contributing a big chunk of his wealth towards helping people in his home country as well as around the world. Here are some images of Ronaldo showing him in different poses and appearances.
It’s a buzzing afternoon as I step out of the greenish illegal tax to find myself standing at one of the busiest street of the Kariakoo area in Dar-es-salaam. It’s late November and the heat feels like 40c. As I try to stare at the old and new building crowding the once upon a time most organized part of the city, I can’t stop admiring [in awe and shock] the tenacity of the city dwellers, traders and hawkers. Kariakoo is one of the city’s cornerstones of business. A lot happens in Kariakoo. It’s also a transportation hub to lots of other suburbs. From Kariakoo you can go anywhere!
I am not here to trade anything. Instead, I am here to observe one thing. The secret market of the Tanzania’s Movies [Bongo Movies]. A friend of mine, Maginga, had a simple suggestion when I asked him about the place where I can see “Bongo Movies” in action; Kariakoo.
It wasn’t an easy day. Okay probably not as tough as what the Navy Seal team had to go through when embarking on a mission to get rid of Osama Bin Laden, but to my own standards, tough. Through eyes as clever as a terrier’s to see something flickering far back in those eyes to the eyes of a doe, I saw it all. I am going to write about that experience sooner than later.
Today, however, I just want to highlight one of the things I saw when I decided to jump into the water even when I wasn’t sure if I could swim. As I engaged folks [traders and direct consumers alike] about their choices of movie actors and actresses, lots of common names popped up. I wasn’t surprised. However, one name didn’t sound too familiar to me at the time. Sabby Angel. Who is she?I took interest and looked for her. We met and talked about a number of things. Here is what I got to learn;
Her latest film is titled “Sio Riziki”. It is her production under Sabby Angel Films. It will be released on January 15, 2015
As she sat down I noticed her cool porcelain good looks with a rich, fawnlike beauty. You could tell she has the uniqueness that could be alluring [and good for the screen]. We hit on with ice-breaking conversation before she starts telling me about her path.
Her artistic career started in 2009. She started as a singer with usual admiration from singers from western world such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston etc. Few years later, in 2011…she started acting to help boost her music career. As it turns out, she had found a new love of her life; acting. She never looked back although till today she still tries to keep her musical talent alive. A mesmerizing rendition of Amazing Grace as we took a break for lunch was enough to convince me that singing is one of her God-given talent. But for now, acting is what has brought her success and she understands the power of consistency pretty well.
When I was researching for my meet-up with her, I realized she is well known and liked all over East Africa [especially in Kenya and Tanzania]. I was curious to find out about that connection.
She was born and raised in Kenya to a Tanzanian Mother and a Kenyan Dad. Therefore, she literally grew up between these two countries. Alas! That makes sense.
On the question whether dual citizenship and cultural knowledge of two neighboring states has helped her career, Sabby says, “Yes, it has made a lot of difference, educational wise and growing up among different cultures. I see certain things differently. When I act I have a wider audience in my mind. That helps”
Although her career officially started in 2011, acting is something she started doing long time ago. She was in drama groups since school. She attended Aga Khan Nursery School for Primary School she went to Qubaa Primary School before joining Marben High School. Later on she went to Cambridge Inter College CTM in Mombasa where she obtained a Diploma in Account. She later acquired a certificate in marketing something that will come handy, as she gets deeper into the business with her Sabby Angel Films.
At 25, she is independent a fact she likes about her career. She is single mother of a 5 years old boy. She lost her Dad when she was 18. She has been independent since then. She helped raise her sibling. She loves what she does…being on camera or behind the camera. This is added with a smile that transformed her face into pure sunlight.
When I asked her about one thing she doesn’t like about her career or the industry, Sabby mentions unprofessional artists, producers and directors. Artists, according to her, are taken for granted. She is now working hard to do it differently. She jokes with a wrath of seriousness that she is working her way to Hollywood.
If she wasn’t doing movies, Sabby says she would have been working for/at an NGO. She is a humanitarian. She likes volunteering and helping people especially the youth. She once worked for Adam Smith International. Even with her robust movie career, whenever she get time, she helps with youth empowering projects.
If she were able to change few things about Tanzania’s movie industry, what would those things be? She says she would like to open an international level drama school like the Juilliard School of USA to educate and build talents at an international level.
We also talked about social media and the role it plays in her career from marketing to the way rumors can spread like a wildfire. Her opinion remains humble…it helps artists but it can also ruin someone’s career…rumors spreads faster. They can be damaging. Sabby encourages others to cautiously proceed and choose carefully what they put out there in the media. She therefore, likes to keep low profile. It took us extra efforts to connect with her.
Her Tanzania’s favorite artists are Steven Kanumba [RIP] and Monalisa. Out of Tanzania she looks after Angelina Jolie and Kevin Hart.
When she is not on set, Sabby likes to dwell into watching movies. She is a fanatic. She enjoys watching series and films. She likes dancing too…but she prefer to do most of such acts in the comfort of her home. Her next project, she reveals, is with one of Africa’s most recognized faces Noah Ramsey that will be filmed in Nigeria sometimes this year.
Go Get Sio Riziki available from 15th January 2015
When he went into a couple of year’s silence, rumours went in full-circle that he had reached the end of the road. Some even made bold predictions that he can never come back and can, therefore, never have a chance to rise up again. It was a final count of the boxing match upon a heavy punch from a determined opponent. You could hear the crowd urging the boxer to get up[or hang on] while all he could see were signs of gates of hell key chain wrangling.
That all changed when Mwana and Kimasomaso were released last year. Ali Kiba was back and was bold. Even the air seemed to hold its breath. Suddenly it was obvious that he is a talented artist that no one should underestimate or dare forget. You Can Watch Video For Mwana Here.
Now according to confirmed news through own admission on a recent interview with Planet Bongo program aired on East Africa TV, this time around the fans won’t have to wait for too long. He is set to release a new single soon. At the moment, the names of tracks to be released and collaborating artists [if any] remains a “little secret”. One thing we know is that it won’t be a leaked Pesa. Stay tuned..
Whenever names like Chege and Temba are mentioned, you can’t help but have backward rolling visions of where they come from [not in a bad way]. These are some of the fellas [young] who saw and took music as an escape window towards the life they dreamed about or wanted.
Through music we now know them and they are leading a decent life. Of course talent is what has taken them through the journey. As they are leading, they are also creating precedent for millions of youth. You too can make it. Just go out there and keep knocking the doors. You will have a lot of them slammed on your face. Don’t give up. Keep knocking.
Through their social networks accounts, Chege and Temba spent most of the last year’s quarter in South Africa. It therefore come as no surprise that their new single Kaunyaka is South African inspired.
Here is Kaunyaka. Listen and Download
As he gets ready to release his studio album number 6, Ne-Yo has dropped Make It Easy as a new single from album Non-Fiction.
As you listen to the single below, get ready for Non-Fiction album which features stars such as Pitbull,T.I,Jeezy,Juicy J,Q and ScHoolboy. Listen Up
If you grew up in Tanzania or were there in 90s you probably remember how Congolese music had taken over. By then what we now call “Bongo Fleva” was just starting to rise with artists like Joseph Mbilinyi aka Sugu [then known as Mr.II] and Professor Jay etc were championing that shift. Congolese music was everywhere and in all types of occasion.
One of the artist from Congo who became literally a King in East Africa’s music scene was Kanda BongoMan. Maan, he was huge. He dominated by far. His song Monie [Inde Monie] could be heard from morning traffic jams to late night shows on radio and elsewhere.
The popularity of songs like Monie must have reached the ears of Kenyan artist Wyre [The Love Child] who reached out to BongoMan for blessing [and rights] to re-do or remix the song. So after hours in studios and sets, here is Monie from Wyre Featuring Benjamin Kabeseke