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”.
I received this song couple of days ago but for whatever reason I couldn’t review it earlier. Although Y-Tony is still considered an underground artist, he already has a belt to show. He was nominated for Kili Music Awards for his song Masebene. He is now attempting to reach higher. With producers Abba and Tudd Thomas on his side, you can see why his unsettling thoughts are not in vain. There is hope.
Here is another love themed song. You fall in love and give it all. You end up weeping and counting the squares on your ceiling with no ringing impulses of hope anymore. You are done. If you could give yourself a new identity, you’d embrace that opportunity as quick as a moving Nascar race car.
Y-Tony says this song is from his heart. It’s a single from his upcoming album Masebene. Listen And Download. Tell the other person. It’s easy to be social. Just pick the button below this post.
I guess by now the best way to describe what Lupita Nyong’o has managed to achieve so far can be summed this way; She Is An Endless Surprise.
Here she goes-again. On France’s Elle July 2014. Click here to check more.
Had he lived few more months, today he would have added one more year into his life. Our creator, had different plans. He was called home to rest. He left us with messages and memories. He set examples for us for love,humility,courage and lack of fear to fight against injustices.
As I am writing this, the world has almost lost its game. The lights are fading. There are too much violence in the world. It’s a wrecked earth. I sometimes feel like a section of my body is missing or torn away from a mere thinking of what is going on. With a mask of hopelessness I wonder what Madiba would say about Boko Haram. You know he fought for justice and equality. What would he say about Russia,Ukraine and Middle East. What about the continent he loved so much but, even with his efforts, he left it unbearable to many?
He is looking down with one of his hand on his cheek. He is thinking about us. The world misses you Madiba. Rest In Peace. Happy Nelson Mandela’s Day.
This song right here proves that Linah doesn’t want to be an average artist anymore. She wants to cross borders. She want to glow with healthy music instead of a burn. It’s like someone had whispered in her ears saying,” in just minutes you’ll look smoother,dewier and younger”. A strange drug of calm kicked in and she said, “Let’s Do this”.
She went to South Africa at Uhuru Studios in hand with a song written by Nash Designer and herself. Linah, who is now managed by No Fake Zone Entertainment came out smiling with a blush of pleasure rose to her cheeks. She came out with Ole Themba.But let’s not forget the great job that was done by Tanzania House Of Talent [THT] who gave Linah all sort of crocuses of hope when they welcomed her in and shaped her career. Well done Ruge!
Here are the audio and Video for this song that with a sigh louder tha the surf before me, I can declare it’s gonna put Linah somewhere.
Then let out a long exhalation of relief and watch the Video Below which is another production of GodFather Productions
Rumour has had it for a while that, Jay Z, after all, isn’t a one woman at a time kind of man. The beauty, success and a daughter Blue Ivy aren’t enough reasons to make Jay Z hide his “jongs” and allow only Lady B remember it without double-checking her memory. She has heard the rumours, lived with them and then saw some stuff that have finally allowed her subconscious to surface. Probably divorce lawyers are on it.
According to In Touch magazine, Jay Z and Beyonce’s marriage is at the rock bottom and not even a successful On The Run Tour would save it. What happened to open the floodgates happened during the tour. The incident seems to have had an emotional resonance that made Lady B reach almost the end of the line.That was after it was widely reported that the power couple had sought marriage counselling last month to save their admired relationship by millions of fans around the world.
I once read somewhere that it takes as little as 21 days of repetition or withdrawal into something to form or get rid of a “habit”. That simply means if you are currently running on all eight cylinders, all you need to do is to stop or quit for 21 days and you will be running to nowhere.
After over 30 days of soccer fever from Brazil, no one will blame you for becoming an “addict”. Whole Street and stadiums loads of jubilation can be irresistible. It is a social lion. An event such as the FIFA World Cup gets everyone talking…almost. Obama’s White House took a break when USMT fought hard against Germany. For over a month, the World Cup was the staple of daily conversation in the companies’ lunchrooms, neighborhood joints and anywhere else you can think of. It’s a masterpiece of quality and one kind of sport that brings the world together. Whoever wins look good and get a license to feel naughty.
It is over. The Maracana is back to normal and everyone is almost waking up to only wonder; what happened? The intense levels of noises are gone! Currently there are no movements around the stadiums that just few days ago were full of people. Some of them are quiet with not even the whisper of a sound. If 21 days are enough to form or kick a habit, you can only imagine what 30 days plus mean. You were into it. You dreamed of goals and misses and saves. Your past, present and future had “soccer” written all over. Its like you were designed to trigger actions and reactions throughout.
You probably woke up this morning wondering who is playing. After all, your 2014 FIFA World Cup apps are still alive and still sending you post-games/ world-cup updates. I am not going to be surprised if you told me; you drove to the same pub you watched almost all games from just to find it quite like a ghost town. It finally hit you; The World Cup is over. You have to wait for four more years till Russia 2018. Good lucky with anticipatory adrenaline for 4 years before Moscow welcomes the world.
Earlier today, the champions Germany returned home to a sea of fans in Berlin. If that doesn’t tell you that life has to get back to the way it used to be, I don’t know what can. I know, your laughter stopped, as though you turned to off position a valve in your chest. There is no more feeling aggressive and alive when your team won a match. Remember how you moved with your own kind of excitement when Lionel Messi scored a goal and on top of your car you had the Argentina flag gracing the wind? Take it down tomorrow incase you forgot its still up there!
It is time to mend relationships. Your wife or your girlfriend rarely saw you during the world cup. It was your “perfect” excuse to breath. Well, she knew it was gonna end somewhere. She patiently waited. Do yourself and me a favor. If you had completely neglected her and her needs, be bold and shameless. Go buy her a gift. Take her to her favorite restaurant. Apologize for the “vacation” you took. Bring back her vivacity. Bring back to life an air of enjoying life. Please don’t be mad if she asks whether Maradona won! Just smile and give the right answer.
Your neighbor is still mad at you. You know he is from Brazil-born and raised. You saw how humiliated and hurt he was when the Germans demolished his and his fellow countrymen dreams and dominance in soccer. You saw how his son cried when Kroos scored the 5th. Go back to the drawing board, like hell! I don’t know what to advise you. May be you can ask your better half to help mend the mess. Assure them you have always loved Germans since your childhood. That way they may understand, may be, that you just didn’t pick Germany as a payback of the misunderstanding you had last summer. If you happen to bump him on the driveway, please straight talk and simple answers.
With blood pressure, rapidly increasing heartbeat and rate of respiration every time the app on your smartphone updated you with the score or from the tiredness caused by watching the game late previous night, you became a lousy employee. Your boss noticed and he was just waiting for the right time and one more reason to fire you. You know how he felt because lately he has been looking at you with that feeling of an electric sparkle like someone who knows you are soon out of his way. Lucky, you it didn’t happen. You still have your job. Wake up and start working. Go back to being brilliant and hard working employee. Go extra miles. Make an impact. The world cup is over!
Now if you had called in sick and the TVs in Belo Horizonte or Salvador or Brasilia or Rio De Janeiro showed your face painted in Brazil colors, hire an attorney. You don’t know what is coming upon you or who saw you. Of course, I’d like to ask you why did you wave into the camera when you saw yourself. You real thought those paints were enough to cover you? Next time, please be more creative. Wear the damn mask of Zorro.
Your jerseys; Listen, just because your team didn’t win this time, doesn’t mean they will never. You saw how the 2014 FIFA World Cup was full of surprises. You may win next time even if it is generations and generations to come. Keep your jerseys. Keep your pride. Even if you won’t be there, your great grand kids will understand, honor and respect your choice. If you James Rodriquez, Neymar, Lionel Messi number 10 jerseys or Christian Ronaldo’s number 7, these fellas are still young and they will most likely play again in Russia in 2018. Keep the jerseys and maintain your current weight. Don’t turn those beautiful jerseys into dusters and rugs please.
You might have gained few more pounds from all those drinks and food you munched on while enjoying the “beautiful game”. Don’t allow those pounds to keep going towards the right hand side direction of your weighing little machine you have in your bathroom. If you don’t act now, weight may become another unmanageable and persistent problem. You saw how tough the tournament was. You saw how players sweat and even bled in the games. Let that be an inspiration.
Take it easy. If soccer is your thing and you just didn’t jump into the bandwagon, there are so much more soccer to do. The European Leagues are coming back soon anyway. If you are simply a sports fanatic, The Commonwealth Games are coming up in Glasgow, Scotland this month. Just be careful with your obsession this time around. Life is about balance. Be an informed fanatic. Don’t run into Columbus and tell him about Mario Götze. He has no idea who Götze is. Take what you have and make it better, not worse.
MwanaFA [real name Hamis Mwinjuma] is, without a doubt, one of the most successfully and respected Bongo Hip-Hop artist in Tanzania, across East Africa and certainly beyond those borders. If that statement made your eyebrows tilt even a bit, I’d suggest you take one step back and think a little.
His lyrics and songs have inspired new words, idioms etc into the street and classroom dictionaries and thesauruses of Swahili. The grandness of his lyrical abilities staggers even me who was once upon a time considered by my peers and schoolmates to be a walking Swahili dictionary. He can rhyme quickly, confidently and cleanly while making sense of every word that come out of his mouth.
Recently I approached him with an idea I have wrestled with for a while. How about re-releasing some of the biggest hits from the time when Bongo Fleva/ Bongo Hip-Hop was starting to see the white-blue sky.
The motivation is to flaunt the standards of the past and give today’s generation a renewed chance to hear not only the “old school” stuff all over again but to gain a hindsight of the stories behind. He didn’t hesitate even for a second. He agreed and here we are. Let’s Go!
Like a ship starting a long journey across the world, in 2000s what we now know as Bongo Fleva/Bongo Hip-Hop had just left the harbor. Its destination wasn’t known. Regardless, some bold minded fellas had decided to slow down the Congolese music influx that had dominated Tanzania’s music scene for years. The likes of Sikinde and Msondo had also lost their mojo among younger audience. The youth needed something different to entertain themselves and make one of those postcard-perfect days.
Tanzania’s youth, like many youth across the globe, had also failed to resist a time capsule of American culture. American Rappers/ Artists etc were becoming more popular among Tanzania’s youth than their own President. Times were changing…and changing at high speed. President Mwinyi had allowed the influx of foreign culture. The country became an opportunity society.
For the first time, people could watch television in their living rooms. Entertainment channels like MTV, BET, and CFI etc were now accessible at the comfort of an arm length holding remote controls. Those are the days when it was cool to walk around holding James Hardley Chase novels, magazines such as Ebony, Yo Rap etc with video cassettes tapes for movies that we hardly understood.
As the new decade was getting into the groove, Hamis Mwinjuma whom we now know as MwanaFA’s career was also starting to take shape. It wasn’t an easy. He was a struggling artist. He was broke. The penetrating tropical sun of cities such as Dar-es-salaam was unleashing its ultimate “burning” power even in his pockets. His only wealth, was his songwriting abilities, vision and confidence that he was/is a good songwriter and therefore his breakthrough was on the way.
He had chosen a difficult-to-cope with stage name. Mwanafalsafa [A Philosopher] had to act like one. He had to write like one. I am sure the pressure of living his name was as high as the feeling you get from the first attempt to jump out of plane [in a parachute]. He spent countless hours writing and contemplating. There were many days of gray unrest and discontent. He was eager to establish a pattern of excellence as far as Bongo Fleva/Bongo Hip Hop was concerned.
His breakthrough came in 2002. Towards end of 2001, upon reflections, writing, deleting, editing etc, and fusing of intelligence and imagination, MwanaFA had penned down Ingekuwa Vipi. He clearly remembers where he was when he started writing Ingekuwa Vipi, “I was at home. As you can imagine, I was broke and trying hard to figure out how to move forward. I used to stay home a lot at that time. It was the safest place to be”, he tells me with a broad smile that never existed during those trying times.
It occurred that as soon as he had almost finished writing it, Jay Moe [who was to be featured on the track, popped in for a quick visit. MwanaFA let him listen to the lyrics while boom boxing their hands. The lyrics blew his mind. He wanted to be part of it. Success begins with a great idea. Jay Moe saw this as a great idea. It was.
What followed was going to Mawingu Studio to meet DJ/Producer Bonny Luv. At that time, Tanzania had very few established producers let alone studios. His choices were limited. Lucky for him, he had recorded some other tracks before with Bonny Luv. It wasn’t difficult to convince him to take on the project and that Jay Moe was going to be featured. Bonny understood and loved the lyrics as well.
Now, contrary to what many people believe today, Ingekuwa Vipi was not MwanaFA’s first studio recorded song. He had done it before. He just hadn’t penetrated the airwaves the way he did with this one. Ingekuwa Vipi was the first song he released on the radio. He had recorded 4 songs before.
He, therefore, had to hide the nerves inside with frequent smiles as he spent countless hours with Bonny Luv perfecting what would turn out to be his “breakthrough” song. He watched the clock as it edged toward “freedom”.
“We recorded and left Bonny Luv to mix etc”, He tells me as I attentively admire his recollections of events and struggles that he had to go through before “making it”
Those were no days like today. Softwares and technologies weren’t like today where you can e-mail the song to thousands or even million people in a second. Clouds FM was one the few radio stations championing most of grassroots movement of Bongo Fleva/Bongo Hip-Hop. Radio One was another entity but was more selective of what went into air etc. MwanaFA had to take to the radio stations the CD with hand-written [using marker pen] “Ingekuwa Vipi” on top.
On 2nd February 2002, Ingekuwa Vipi premiered during Bongo Fleva session, which was hosted by DJ Steve B. On the same day, MwanaFA remembers, Balozi Dolla Soul, Inspekta Haruni and Luteni Kalama and Imam Abbas had dropped their singles. Before the end of that session, Ingekuwa Vipi had captured the airwaves not once but twice.
He says, “Jeff, I felt like I had just inhaled the cleanest, crispest air I have ever breathed” In the first week since its release, Ijumaa newspaper reported that Ingekuwa Vipi had played 72 times in different radio stations. A record. To him, salvation was getting through the day.
Success in the airwaves meant Mwanafalsafa was now becoming popular but also with an opportunity to make money. He remembers his first show was for Embassy and was coordinated by Jimmy Kabwe, a veteran DJ who has recently re-joined Clouds Media Group after years of roaming in other stations. The event was held at The Leaders Club. He pocketed TZS 50,000/=. That was a lot of money then. He took the smile to the bank. The wind was suddenly sweet. The sun was warm over the country flowers. Life was getting better and sweeter.
His success was almost cut short though. The group Walume Ndago decided to challenge his song. It was almost an underground battle of Nine Miles. They released a counter titled Ingekuwa Poa [It’d be Just Alright]
When I asked Mwanafalsafa how did the counter song sink with him, he calmly said, “Not very well Jeff. See, at that time I was a newcomer into the game. I had no experience at all of being “crucified” like that. I thought was a huge injustice towards me”.
Lucky for him, someone else defended him. Another group released a counter over Walume Ndago’s counter. That neutralized the whole experience. MwanaFA had started his long journey into stardom. He had broken out of the lineup. Here is your chance to Listen And Download Ingekuwa Vipi.
Missie Popular Blog might have started with glacial slowness just like any other good brand. It came from passion of writing and fashion. A hobby and self inflicted addiction of sort. Few years down the road, Missie Popular is not only squeezing itself into the driver’s seat, its also making co-drivers. They are making others realize their dreams. Whether that is part of Miriam’s plot of “giving back to community” of just part of drinking the life-giving adoration, we won’t be able to sum it up now.
Perhaps this is not what Miriam had intended when she decided to start blogging. Well…she has evolved and growing at the rapid pace like the fast subway trains in Tokyo.
One of those “co-drivers” is their new model, Christine. I gotta admit, Christine is….well…can make most gents sit with the ramrod posture of a British brigadier…Here she is
Don’t take yourself too serious…play and laugh most times….
When you are a US-based artist, you may shy away a little bit from openly supporting an opposing team especially with #TeamUSA in the tournament. Unless, of course, you are; Rihanna. You can afford to go against the tide of pleasure and fan-fan ridges and care less. With unique openness and heart, she said Yes to Germany.
As people starts to depart from Brazil, Rihanna stands out as one heck of a celebrity who supported the winning team; Germany and had all the fun she could. Her presence at Maracana caused a heatwave of tweets and rocked other social media. Ya heard what she did? Well…in a crush of feelings, she flashed her bra.The Germans had comforted her and somehow conquered her heart. It was hot and stimulating and the world of social networks responded!
From the carpet looks [above seen in Alexander Wang’s at the Budweiser Hotel in Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro] to partying with Germany team after the win, RiRi was having a blast in Brazil a country known for its Samba and Carnivals just like her home country, beautiful islands Barbados. If you are following her in Twitter account you might have seen those photos especially with Mario Götze, the 22 year old who set the ongoing riots in Argentina. Fortunately for her, the Germany players returned the love. Here is the proof