Who’s Who in Bongo Flava

Bongo Flava is the name for the music that has been coming out of the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania since the early 1990s. Bongo Flava isn’t one style: it has a mix of rap, hip hop, and R&B for starters but these labels don’t do it justice. It’s rap, hip hop and R&B Tanzanian style: a big melting pot of tastes, history, culture and identity.


Although Bongo Flava is a purely Tanzanian phenomenon, its use of Swahili and its strong roots in the East African reality means that the music translates across borders with a growing fan-base throughout the East African region.

Bongo Flava makes up its own rules and these guys don’t need to copy their brothers in America, but have a sure clear sense of who they are and what sound it is they’re making

Bongo Flava is about the street — ‘bongo’ means brain/intelligence in Swahili but it’s the street word for Dar es Salaam. Most of the artists in this scene are from or based in Dar es Salaam — living, working and studying in the unofficial heart of the country. The ‘flava’ they create — is varied and cutting edge — and is unique to the city and its people.

It has its roots in the rap, R&B and hip hop coming from America but from the beginning these styles have been pulled apart and put back together with African hands. Bongo Flava mixes up a whole host of styles and influences from black American music — hip hop, rap, R&B, , swing – and black American culture — the clothes, attitude and street look. All of these ingredients are combined with what East Africans have played with for decades — music styles such as African jazz, salsa, , taraab — and the reality that is contemporary East Africa.

Bongo Flava lyrics are sung in Swahili peppered with words and phrases in English and tackle subjects faced by the continent and the world over: poverty, ambition, success, money, HIV/AIDS, education and experiences we can all relate to such as love, jealousy, beauty and loneliness.
The liberalisation of the media in Tanzania, post the Nyerere era, has created the opportunity for emerging Tanzanian artists to be heard across the country and the East African region via the radio and TV. With this of course comes competition within the music industry which is as fierce as it’s ever been. On the plus side, the easy access to national and international media is pushing up the standard of Bongo Flava writing and production. Bongo Flava makes up its own rules and these guys don’t need to copy their brothers in America, but have a sure clear sense of who they are and what sound it is they’re making.

The scene is small — everyone knows everyone — which means there’s a lot of collaboration and exchange of ideas and styles, making it an exciting and dynamic place to be.
This Who’s Who is just a taster of the talent out there – there are many more groups blasting the airwaves, as well as a few more girls who we weren’t able to meet.

Mwanafalsafa Whos Who in Bongo FlavaMwanafalsafa / Mwana FA (‘First Philosopher’)
Age: 24
Mwanafalsafa started performing on stage in 1993 at school in Tanga region. Early influences — even at primary school age — were his brothers, Chine Black and Kasir, known as Quite Gangasters Chronic. Mwanafalsafa formed the crew Black Skin with his schoolmates Robilus and Getheerics in 1995. In 1996, he came third in the Tanga region hip hop competition. Mwanafalsafa returned to Dar es Salaam in 1998 and studied A-levels at Ununio Islamic High School, where he majored in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. After completing A-level studies he started to work seriously at his music career in 2000. In 2003, he was voted best hip hop artist with his track ‘Alikufa Kwa Ngoma’ — an anti-AIDS song — at the Kili Music Awards, Dar es Salaam.
Album releases: Mwanafalsafa and Toleo Lijalo — include songs discussing AIDS, spiritualism, love songs and dance-beat songs.
He has worked with various producers, including (Mawingu Studio), Pfunk (Bongo Records), (MJ Records).
He takes inspiration from a wide range of music genres: soul, tango, and American rap and artists including Gloria Estefan, Method Man and Kenyan hip hop duo Necessary Noize. He also takes inspiration for his writing from reading and watching films. His own style combines guitar and a more instrumental line up with rap with a unique use of intelligent word play and powerful imagery.
He has toured extensively in Tanzania and Uganda and is planning tours in Kenya and the UK.
JayMoe Whos Who in Bongo Flava

Jay Moe aka Moe Technics
Age: 25
Jay Moe grew up in Dar es Salaam and went to school there, together with Solo Thang, Jahffarai (other big Bongo Flava artists) and Pfunk, a Bongo Flava producer. They started performing together during their time at school.
In 1999, Jay Moe formed the crew Underground Kingdom with Jahffarai and Solo Thang. In 2000, Jay Moe participated with Solo Thang, Lady Lu and Jahffarai in the Clouds FM’s Star Search Competition. They won and were given the prize of getting the opportunity to produce a CD with Bongo Records. In 2000, Jay Moe signed a contract with Bongo Records: hitting the big time.
After leaving Bongo Records, Jay Moe released his first solo album Ndio Mama in 2002.
Album releases: Ndio Mama — his first solo album includes the now-famous ‘Kama Unataka Demu”, which was so well-received it became an anthem for youth across the country. His second album Mawazo Ya Jay Moe (Jay Moe’s Thoughts) was released in 2004.
He has worked with producers Bongo Records and Active Audio Records.
Jay Moe is seen as one of the ‘grandfathers’ of Tanzanian hip hop – with his professional production and styles which take inspiration from American rap and hip hop with a proud nod to his homeland and African identity. Jay Moe has collaborated with Necessary Noize and Nazizi Hirji (big Kenyan hip hop names) and Tanzanian artists including Solo Thang, Crazy GK, Jahffarai, Lady Lu, Mwana FA and T.I.D.
He is well known across the East African region and has toured throughout Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.
SoloThang Whos Who in Bongo Flava
Solo Thang

Age: 26
Solo Thang grew up in Dar es Salaam and was a school mate of Jay Moe and Jahffarai. In 1993, he joined the group Hard Crewz. In 1996, the band separated and Solo Thang launched his solo career. In 1999, he became a member of the crew Underground Kingdom together with Jay Moe, Jahffarai and Pfunk.
In 2000, Solo Tang participated with Jay Moe, Lady Lu and Jahffarai in the Clouds FM’s Star Search Competition and was able to produce a collaborative CD as their prize. He has also found time to study International Legislation.
Album releases: His first solo album Homa Ya Dunia was nominated as best album at the Kili Music Awards (2001-2002). Solo left Bongo Records and worked with different studios to produce and promote his second album Kcc (Kima Cha Chini). Two of his most famous hits are ‘Kilio Changu’ (I’m crying), a song about his life as a musician, and ‘’ (Nobody’s perfect).
He has worked with a number of producers including Bongo Records, Soundcrafters, Poa Records, and Down Town Records.
Solo’s style is unique in the current scene, mixing international music styles including hip hop, R&B, Salsa, House with local/ African styles such as Souk, African jazz, Mduara (a style found on the East African coast) and Taraab. His lyrics are intelligent and contemporary- telling ‘real’ life stories about issues such as being young, love, poverty and HIV/AIDS.
CrazyGK Whos Who in Bongo Flava
Crazy GK aka Bokassa aka Amiri Jeshi Mkuu

Age: 28
Crazy GK is from Upanga East a district of Dar es Salaam city. He has been releasing singles since 1995 and in 1997 and was such a new force on the scene that on his third single Upanga East he collaborated with : a famous Tanzanian musician and singer from another generation with a more traditional style to her music.
In 2000, he decided to quit music for a while to finish his studies but resumed his music career the following year, releasing his first album in 2002.
Album releases: His first album Nitakupa Nini Mama includes the tracks featuring more established Bongo Flava artists including Pauline Zongo, TID, AY and Mwanafalsafa.
GK’s latest album Nitakufaje was released in 2004 together with the launch of the newly formed East Coast Team. Their video Ama Zangu, Ama Zao (featuring Lady JD) is very provocative and was almost censored by the government.
He has also worked with the producers MJ Records and GMC and the record label Smooth Vibes.
Crazy GK’s hip hop style combines rap with Taraab: the traditional music from the Tanzanian coast, and instruments such as the keyboard. He takes inspiration from Craig David, the UK R&B artist and the slower end of the hip hop style. He also takes inspiration from his Muslim faith.
He is now the frontman of the East Coast Team, a collection of young Bongo Flava artists who are friends and family members. Their image is BIG and provocative and there are 7 members in the crew.
MikeT Whos Who in Bongo Flava
Mike T aka Mnyalu

Age: 24
In 1992, Mike T started singing in a church choir and then emerged as an underground MC in the mid-90s with his crew TDC. In 2000, signed with Bongo Records.
His first single ‘Hivi Kweli Tutafika’ featured his younger sister Anna, a local celebrity in Dar es Salaam. His next single ‘Nyaluland’ was a hit and describes the reality of life in Iringa a region in Tanzania, showing his roots and identity with this rural area in the country. His latest hit single ‘Sintobadilika’ was nominated for the Kili Music Award in 2004.
Album releases: The first album Mnyalu Inc features a selection of Tanzanian artists including Mr. Paul, Mwana FA, , Juma Nature, Q Chief, Tony Nice, and Bizzman.
Ukurasa Mpya is his new album, released in 2004.
Mike T is currently studying for an advanced diploma in Business Studies in Dar es Salaam.
He has worked with the producers Bongo Records and MJ Records.
His hip hop style is different to others on the scene because of the strong choral influences which are combined with rap. He takes his influence from country music, n’ roll, and artists like Brian Adams, Eminem, and Hashim.
Website: www.geocities.com/mnyalu1/
ManDojoDomoKaya Whos Who in Bongo Flava

Man Dojo &
Ages: 25 and 20
Both Man Dojo & Domo Kaya were born and grew up in Arusha unlike many in the Bongo Flava scene who are Dar es Salaam city boys and girls. Growing up in Arusha they sang as children in church, and then later formed a group together. In 2003, they moved to Dar es Salaam to promote their music career and to find success and popularity.
Album release: Their debut album Nikube was produced at Bongo Records and FM Studios. They are currently writing for a new album.
Their style combines rap with acoustic guitar and singing as well as popular local rhythms. They are the new rising stars in the hip hop scene in Tanzania and have been touring extensively around the country to promote their group.
007 Whos Who in Bongo Flava
T.I.D. aka Top in Dar

Age: 28
TID started singing in 1994 with the Black Gangsters and five years after the group’s formation, he embarked on a solo career and began using the name TID.
TID’s solo career began when he featured on popular Bongo Flava albums such as Crazy GK’s Tutakukumbuka, TID’s talent was spotted and he was signed immediately to Poa Records at 21. He featured on a number of tracks of fellow Bongo Flava artists and then released his debut single ‘Mrembo’ in March 2002, he instantly shot to fame and has been following this success with the hit ‘Zeze’ produced by Pfunk.
In 2003 he took the main role in ‘Girlfriend’ – a Tanzanian film about the Bongo Flava life and music which put TID’s face and helped to confirm his popularity across the country and then East Africa where the film has been screened.
Album releases: His first album Sauti Ya Dhahabu was released in 2002 and sold over 200,000 copies in Tanzania alone, at least 350,000 across Africa, and received massive airplay in East Africa as a whole. His mix of R&B and Caribbean beats made the album a club favourite with tracks like ‘Siamini’ and ‘Kweli’.
TID received the Ijumaa Award for Best Song of 2002 (for ‘Zeze’) and a Youth Action Award for Best Performing Artist of the Year. This hit track, ‘Zeze’, was selected by the internationally acclaimed Putumayo Foundation for inclusion in a compilation album called Global Soul which was released recently. TID was nominated for Best Male Artist and Best R&B Artist at the Tanzania Music Awards in 2003.
His upcoming new album features artists from Kenya and Uganda.
T.I.D has toured in the East African region – Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda and has also branched out internationally with tours in the UK and USA.
Website: www.topindar.com
JacquelineNtuyabaliwe Whos Who in Bongo Flava
aka K-Lyinn

Age:25
Jacqueline began her music career in 1997 when she joined the Tanzanite band, travelling to Dubai in 1999 as their singer. They had gigs in luxury hotels, bars and restaurants doing covers and gainin a lot of experience at performing. In 2000, she was nominated Miss Tanzania and represented Tanzania at the Miss World event that year.
In 2003 she began her solo music career and recorded and released tracks including ‘Vipi Nitakudhibiti ‘and ‘Machozi Ya Furaha’. Her first album will be released soon.
Producers: Soundcrafters, Mabuto and MJ
She has already toured in Tanzania and is now becoming famous for her music, rather than her modelling career. Her style isn’t rap like the rest of the guys in this Who’s Who, more the soft end of R&B with zouk mixed up in there too. Her influences come from Mariah Carey and BeyoncÈ Knowles. She is one of very few female solo artistÈs on the Bongo Flava scene.
Her goal is to collaborate with Kenyan and Ugandan artists to launch her career in East Africa.
Text by Birgit Quade and Lydia Martin
–All photos by Lydia Martin–
Links:

The author: www.lydiamartin.net
See also Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap from Tanzania

  • Dave mnjala

    hivi, Mr 2 kalosti wapi?

  • Kivai jose

    loving bongo flava till the end of time

  • Ahmed

    vipi nyote mafans?
    as to me bana nataka kuwashukuru nyote wana wa E.Africa yetu kwa kutunga music zenyu za kupendeza.ASANTENI NYOTE…..

  • Kitosi

    Mugisha huyu Mike Mhagama si ndiye aliyekuwa na kile kipindi cha DJ SHOW Radio One? Jamaa ni mtangazaji na mwandishi mzuri sana ila siku hizi ameacha umalaya? Namjua demu wake yule wa Maryland Caro Kirita,alikuwa anapenda sana mashangingi huyu braza.one.

  • John Mugisha

    Check out Bongocelebrity.com for Bongo Flava and its name sake origin.Pioneer Radio DJ Mike Mhagama has put some facts into open.Good luck.
    Jay.

  • SAMMY GITAU(KENYA)

    HI MB DOGGY MAN?
    AM REALLY GRATEFUL FOR THE RELEASE OF “NATAMANI” I REALLY
    PITY YOU SO MUCH ON HOW YOU STARE AT THAT GIRL BUT IS SHE YOUR GIRLFRIEND? I DON KNOW PLIZ PUT THE LYRICS OF ALL YOUR SONGS MAY YOU KEEP IT UP MEN
    I OPS YOU STILL LYK DOGS AS U SAID WHEN U WERE INTERVIEWED ALSO I WOULD LYK TO ADD YOU AS A FRIEND IN FACE BOOK FARTHER MORE TO BECAME YOUR FAN. KEEP IT ON GOOD JOB
    KIPI MAMAA KINEMATIC KUSUMBUA NIELEZE BAIBE ILI NIKUPE MAMIE………. GOD BLEZZ

  • CETRICFREDRICK

    hi,doggyman na latifa ngoma za kwako kweli ni noma na zinamengi ya mafunzo.i always use mistari za kwako kumake love.pongezi nazikufie mwenzangu.nahope nitakumeet ukicome kenya and see you life when peforming au siooo.

  • CETRICFREDRICK

    hi,doggyman na latifa ngoma za kwako kweli ni noma na zinamengi ya mafunzo.i always use mistari za kwako kumake love.pongezi nazikufie mwenzangu.nahope nitakumeet ukicome kenya and see you life when peforming au siooo.

  • Major “kibwa”

    Nafurahia sana nyimbo na rapping style za Mic.T na mandojo wape hi’ machizi!!!!!

  • WEST COAST BLOC

    ARE YOU PEOPLE DEAD ITHINK WE NEED SOMETHING NEW IN THIS PAGE OKEY????????IF YOU CANT CHANGE CHANGE WILL CHANGE YOU MEEEEEN

  • zamu adesh

    hi doggyman n latifah ur music ni ajab kabisa, nakutafutaaaaaaaaaaa nione surayaaaakooooo. am zamu in miami, florida. kip it on guyzzzzzzzzz. I LKE U ALLLLL.

  • Brenda

    Nafurahi kweli kusikia nyimbo za watanzania wenzangu kama Ray c,Juma nature,blue berries and matonya,nasikiliza nyimbo za nyumbani kila siku,maana mkataa kwao ni mtumwa.Nawafagilia sana dada zangu na kaka zangu.Ni mimi Brenda

  • SABRINA

    Ebwana i feel em’ all,man bongo stuffs r rockin am proud 2 b frm bongo-land,My pple kip’t lockd!gUYS Mnatishia….

  • PROPHET GIDEON

    hi dere
    i jus wanna giv a piece of advice tu ma bro gk dat tym 4 bif iz over now iz tym 4 doin music so dat piga manat thing isnt gud at all
    dats all i gut bro
    gimcrf@yahoo.com

  • PROPHET GIDEON

    hi dere
    i jus wannagiv a piece of adce ma bro gk its lik dis tym for bif iz over now iz tym 4 music
    dats all i gut
    gimcrf@yahoo.com

  • Evelyne Watetu

    To mi bongo is tha best with artists like Matonya,Mb Doggyman,RayC,TID n all of them but Bong
    o is the best to me.

  • alex

    nampenda sana k-lyinn i wish she were my girl

  • roy

    as a leading producer in bongo, first i am impressed and congratulate you for starting dialogue over bongoflava which is the best way to disseminate this genre. i do think however you are out of touch with up-to-date news, what really goes on in the background, the real who’s-who list. there are many dedicated who play a crucial part in the process and of whom you should give credit to. either way biggup, keep the dialohgue going, mambo yatajipa.

  • almas

    bongo flava sio ishu ni porojo tupu, ishu ni hipohop na rap. GK na J Mo ndio nguzo

  • Fadhila Saidi

    Tanzania is doing good in hiphop,well done!!!
    There are lot of undergroung who are comming up at great speed, therefore to make both of you mucician move steps ahead you have to be very creative.
    The thing which make me bored is to here a song which have been copied,For those who use their fellow effort to benefit is like talent suicide and killing Bongo flava in our country.
    Bongo flava mucician never stop schooling because of those cents which we are giving you, this is the foolish thing to see our mucisian whom we are trusting them as our modal to be extravagant! very painful to me and my fellow funs.
    Study hard in order to inter in competition and advatise bongoflava abroad

  • lilian

    mamboz watu wangu nafagilia sana kazi yenuya kukuza vipaji vya wamziki.jamani nina ombi moja mimi niko mbali sana malysia na namzika na nyimbo za lady jd pls unaweza kuweka nyimbo zake online ili tuwe tunadownload.pl jibu

  • Rafiki

    Check out http://www.swahiliremix.com , a site showcasing Tanzania’s Urban Culture Online with a focus on music.

  • Stephanie Bipamba

    manze u guyz are tooooo shweeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    especially lady jd

  • http://TID joseph

    kampani yenu

  • prince

    may you send me mike tee contacts

  • godfey wassira matumu

    am tanzanian,a student at udsm.history tells us that the whites din’t like us.na historia hujirudia.then why do we like to be like the whites by copying all what they do,while we know that they don’t like us.

  • jose

    mbona wasanii wengi wanapenda kuuza sura

  • Beres

    my name is beres am in New york.l would like you to display the Bio of kenyan Artist called slykid.I have his song in Irie Fm and in Kaya Fm.And also in site at http://www.isound.com/music/slykid

  • almas

    mziki unakuwa sana bado kitu kimoja wanamuziki wakibongo bado wanaogopa kuwa kama wanamuziki kwanza bado wanaogopa kuitwa wanamuziki sijuwi nikwanini.mimi ninawaomba wajuwe kwanza wenyewe niwanamuziki.2 wajuwe kuvaa kama wanamuziki sio kama wapiga tarumbeta.samaani sio kama ninawatukana tunataka heshima wa muziki wakibongo.ninawatakia kila lakheri.
    almas. IRELAND.

  • Jkwon

    Men,dis is the hottest music ever, men comparin dis kinda wit sum American music, damn we make the hauz seem ever blazin…….. The artist are so talented, and they are all hard workin, bt wat can we say, Tz, produces on of the best artists, and they are known in other countries too, not only, in the African countries, our music in shakin the hell in overseas, so halla, and keep it real 4 all the artists we got.

  • Joel laizer

    hey,hi to all bongo flava fans,men if u ask me this music is rockin not only in tanzania but all over the globe,this bongo flava artist wanatisha wanatufanya tunachizika keep it up guys especially ma men NGWEAR,FID Q n TID.

  • Habiba

    I saw TID perform in The Netherlands, Amsterdam and boy hes good…… sio sifa za bure this guy is getting …keep it up Boy you got what it takes!!

  • francis osogo

    i am a Kenyan upcoming artiste intrested in doing bongo style of music and would like to sign up in your studio i will be coming to dar on monay can you orgarnise some acommodation and how we can meet and talk things out reply soon thanks

  • Yvonne McGhie

    Good Day To You All
    I would like to introduce you to an exciting hip-hop act to emerge from the boroughs of West London, UK namely TEF-CO.
    They are our first signing and after a year plus of putting the album together we are now at the point where we are looking for every type of outlet to exploit our act ie radio airplay, interviews, live performances etc, which I hope you can help us with.
    Find attached biographical information – further information can be found on their website where you can also view their video http://www.tefco.co.uk/poster.
    Once you have viewed the video and absorbed the information and if you feel it is right for your audience please do not hesitate to contact me, in addition if you would like to be serviced with the single and be added to our mailing list contact me directly with the relevant mailing details.
    Thanking you in advance for taking the time out to read this and look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Yvonne McGhie
    Head of Marketing and Promotions
    Black Pearl Entertainment
    52 Holland Park Mews
    London W11 3SP
    Tel: +44 (0)207 313 9886
    Fax: +44 (0)207 313 9754
    Mob: +44 (0)7773 817723
    Video now showing on MTV Base, Channel U, Rapture TV, Ben TV
    New video just added to MTV Base click on link to view http://www.decodedigital.co.uk/decodeDIGITAL/Qtimes/tefco.htm

  • Rafiki

    I have put some tracks on BongoFlava.com and more to come. Big things coming your way with regard to the new version of BongoFlava.com. The website project is taking long because we want it to look good and we don’t want to put things in pieces. In the meantime, leave comments in our website or keep up us posted on any news thru our email. Catch ya later

  • Amba Nawe

    I love Mad Ice, i love his songs, please add him in your list and put a lot of his lyrics, his songs touches guys….holla…

  • natasha

    YA ya ya E bwana ee jamani twendeni mbele na kuludi nyuma kwani kuna dhahabu tunazutupa bila kuziona binafsi kupenda sana kazi zaa huyu kijania ALLY SELLA sijui ni kijana wa wapi lakini kazi zake nime zikubali na na mfagilia wawawawaaaaaaaaaaa yani ku ka za buti ndo mwendo http://www.betarecords.com/sella

  • cinnamon

    iam a kenyan lady living in Norway.mmmmm…i love bongo.congratulations to all the bongo singers and bongo funs.i feel the music but somehow i just don’t know how to get bongo music.could you pliz help me?feel free to communicate with me.i’ll be waiting anxiously
    cinnamon

  • winnie kawira

    its good that ur intrested in your local music,instead of being lost in foregn i love it . nazipenda nyimbo zake TID, he his really cool on stage , and his singing rocks.

  • saidi mohammed

    namfagilia sana qcheaf kwa nyimbo zake nzuri na zenye ujumbe wa mapenzi kama wimbo wake wa nimpata wapi kama yule nampa hongera sana pia naomba aendelee hivo hivo kwani hata wapenzi wa bongo flava mjini mtwara wanamfagilia sana

  • Aggrey Manzi

    Am very impressed by the ideas of diffrerent people concerning the Whos who in Bongo flava.
    Previous about 1 year ago i was a Radio Dj at Radio Uhuru and latter Uhuru Fm, now im working with Mwananchi the leading News Paper in Tanzania.
    I support all ideas, challengers emerge onto the site to contribute there feelings about Bongo Music.
    U have to go further in this scene b’se ther are quikly changes in such industry from its starting Rap, Hiphop and now singing.
    Some of the artists have proove failure in the role as there talent was base on one side of Rap and Hiphop whichi now has keep away.
    Do more research out there u will realize.

  • zantalee

    Hey..,I really impressed with this Artist know as “ALLY SELLA”,the first time i see her page on http://www.betarecords.com/sella I was like wow….!!he has nice song and nice lyrics..,bigup 2 Ally Sella,hey you should add this Artist into ur page.Cobalt

  • Mireille

    holla to ya ll,,i just wanna say i love the way ma baby(MR BLUE) sings and the way anaringa…i just love the whole thing////it me ya shorty Mimi///holla back

  • dj weng

    mambo bado,mambo bado

  • ommy soja

    big up kwa wanaume kazi zao nzury na hazina makuz nawafagilia cha muhimu wakaze buty kwani safar bado ndefu

  • stella

    Hi!
    Naomba msiwe wabaguzi kwa upande mwinge kwani muwe mnaweka na wanamuziki wa nyimbo za dini pamoja na zilllipenddwa kwani nazo zinavutia eg Rose Mhand,Bahati Bukuku,Beatrice Muhone,Tabora JAZZ nk
    its me.

  • stella

    hi!
    Napenda kuwafagili waume family TMK,vilevile bila kumsahau Ray Cna mwenzie Lady jay dee.Naomba waongeze bidii kwani muziki wao ni wa viwngo.
    bye

  • Fredrick

    Pamoja na yote, W A N A U M E F A M I L Y chini ya uongozi wa Sir Juma Nature wanatisha. Jukwaa wanajua kutawala kuliko msanii yoyote wa Bongo na beat zao si mchezo. Wiki iliyopita walifanya shoo ya kufa mtu Billz ilikuwa si muchezo. Na kuthibitisha kuwa hawabeep fani sasa walitambulisha rasmi “Wanaume Family team B” ambayo ilionesha staili mpya ambazo hazijawahi kuonekana katika show za Bongo Fleva.
    Makubwa matatu kwa Wanaumeeee !!! eeh!

  • Eunice a,k.a unriq

    we really need some changes in this web.ofcource some artists who deserve to be in this web are missing.e.g M.r Blue,Soggy,A.Y n.k Please,we exrect you to make changes as soon as possible.

  • mami

    naomba muweke picha na profile ya lady jay dee…
    -shabiki

  • faith

    keep it up u will get where u want remember it up to u to do it!

  • Rafiki

    Tanzanian artists AY, Lady Jay Dee, Saida Karoli and the Wanne Star group are this year’s batch of nominees for the Kora Awards.If you are in Tanzania; vote for AY, Lady Jay Dee, Saida Karoli and Wanne Star by sending an SMS through CELTEL or MOBITEL networks with the letter M for male artist and F for female artist followed by the chosen artist’s number to 34700. For the artist of the decade, voters can SMS the letters AOD followed by the artist’s name to the same number.Check http://www.koraawards.co.za for further info!

  • bob chuwa

    hi my name is Bob chuwa I was the bass player from the clouds band MAwingu studio I now live in Florida check my web site bobchuwa.tripod.com
    i was looking for all my old friends well keep in touch and send me an e mail

  • Lydia

    A new online store selling the latest Tanzanian albums, downloads http://www.swahilistore.com

  • ALPHONCE KUSEKWA

    ALPHONCE KUSEKWA
    WED 15 AUG 2005
    WE REARY WANT SOME CHANGES ON THIS WEB.

  • ALPHONCE KUSEKWA

    REARY WE NEED CHANGES

  • ALPHONCE KUSEKWA

    HALLOW!
    IT IS MY FIRST TIME TO VISIT THIS WEB.ALTHOW I HEARD MUCH ABOUT IT SINCE BEFORE.I LOVE MUSIC IN GENERAL BUT BONGO FLAVO IS VERY CUTE TO ME.
    AM HAPPY ABOUT THE STAGE REACHED BY OUR LOCAL ARTISTS.BUT IS NOT VERY SUCCESFUL ATALL.BUT IF THEY WORK HARD IN THIS STAGE WE GONNA ACHIEVE THE SUCCESS.
    I CAN SEE THERE IS TOUGH COMPETITION OVER THERE,EVERY ARTIST WANT TO STAY ON TOP OF OTHERS THAT IS GREAT.
    SO MASS MEDIA HAVE TO PLAY DOUBLE ROLL TO EXPOSE TIRENTS OUT OVER THERE.WE HAVE VERY TIRENTED UNDERGROUND ARTISTS WHO WILL MEAN SOMETHING TO THE GAME AND NOT BEEF.I DONT KWOW FRIED BEEF OR ROASTED BEEF.
    THIS WEB IS AMONG TOOLS TO EXPOSE BONGO FLAVA OVER THE WORLD BUT IT CONTAIN VERY FEW INFORMATION ABOUT BONGOFLAVA WHY THIS??????
    IF THIS WEB BECOME ACTIVE EVERY BODY WILL BE UPTODATE WITH DETAILED BONGO FLAVA NEWS/GOSSIP. I WISH I COULD BE AMOUNG TEAM MEMBERS TO WORK ON IT.THIS WEB SHOUD NOT STAY ON THIS WAY!
    I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE CARE OF MY COMMENTS.
    Thanks
    (4ncy)

  • Akuot majier

    aZ I SAID ALL the artists are awesome and they roc but it would be super if we could get more music overseas 4 ppl like mi in Australia who find it hard to get our handz on the music
    Luv Akuot Majier

  • safi shaima

    hi hows tanzania i have been in canada 4 5 months know but i think q chilla is tha best.

  • Meredith

    Hey– I recently spent two months in Tanzania, specifically in Tanga, and the biggest Bongo Flava stars there are Professor Jay and Juma Nature. I don’t see any mention of them here. It was interesting to read about the other musicians, but you really should include these guys because they are HUGE!!!!
    Thanks,
    Meredith USA

  • Jaffer

    Just Be Honest on you Commitment with your Spouses.
    It give you FULL PROTECTION on your LIFE.
    NICE Work.

  • lyna tarimo

    hey what up i love the way mr.blue performs and the way he he sings you have sweet voice it your friend lyna of kimara.

  • Ahmed

    Fugees’ star Pras, Sir Nature,TID and Ray C to headline at MTVBASE LIVE!Tanzania
    It’s time for Tanzania’s hip party crowd to put on their smartest party threads and practice their coolest moves: the hottest party of the year, MTV base LIVE! Tanzania, is due to hit Dar es Salaam on Friday 5 August! The Tanzanian leg of the pan-African party tour, which has already rocked music fans in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya will feature the African debut performance of hip-hop artist Pras Michel, one third of the nineties super group, the Fugees, who is making his first ever trip to Africa thanks to MTV base. The party will also feature a star-studded list of international and local DJs alongside guest appearances by Tanzania’s most happening contemporary musicians, hand-picked by the MTV base talent scouts. Sponsored by Nokia, the MTV base LIVE! bash will take place at the Kunduchi Hotel & Beach Resort, Dar es Salaam, and promises to be the hippest event of the year – and a must for Dar es Salaam’s party crowd.

  • Timeo

    Bongo Flava ninoma

  • christopher

    Bongo flava is a rocking youth phenomenon that started in Bongo (Tanzania)in the late 1990s. Am loving it! Everybody in East Africa and beyond does! We are proud of this modern music culture that grows so fast that makes our favourite superstars roll in Mercs.May God bless all artists from east and middle africa.
    This is chris or chiwaya from mombasa kenya
    I DON’T BITE UNLES YOU ASK

  • Baraka Mdimu

    Muziki unakuwa,lakini wasanii inabidi wakazie buti mwenendo wa asili ya kiafrika(au kitanzania). Sio lazima waimbe nyimbo za asili bali Wasanii wengi wana “mentality” na “attitude” ya wanamuziki wa marekani. Sidhani kama kuna ubaya msanii akiimba hata kama hawajui kuimba lakini anapata fedha ya kikidhi mahitaji yake ya kila siku na hali ya maisha. Bali binafsi,nafikiri mwanamuziki lazima ajue “concept” yote ya muziki kabla hajaanza kuimba na muzuki lazima uwe unatoka ndani ya msanii(straight from the artist’s soul). Wasanii wachache wameweza kueonyesha “kuufeel” muziki wakati wanaimba na wakati huo huo kuimba mashairi ambayo yanaonyesha msanii amekaa chini,akafanya uatafiti na kukaa chini kuumiza kichwa.

  • elvis

    hakuna kulala

  • Lydia

    A great site dedicated to Bongo Flava: http://www.bongoflava.com

  • damian rafferty – editor

    good news, we have some more features coming on east african music…

  • gven

    hey men,update ur web,put mo artists.yeh tht’s wl gr8.thanx!

  • Wilbert

    hey lydia,
    music is a passion but bongo artistes have taken the local scene with a thump and they have stamped their authority on the scene especially the new releases by Profesa J a.k.a. the Heavyweight MC with his smash hit NTAKUSAIDIAJE ( how will i help you) and his soon to drop album J.O.S.E.P.H. This is the talk of the local music scene and you should come and check it out for yourself lydia or better still i can send you a feature. What we are seeing now is more collaboration between the 3 East African countries’ artistes for examples Nonini and Juma Nature with Nani Mwenza and AY, And T.I.D ‘s launch of their albums had so many collaborations from outside the local bongo scene.
    Keep up the good work Fly Magazine and Lydia coz this is the exposure our local artistes need!
    thanx a million

  • Lydia

    East African hip hop nights in the UK April/ May 05
    Man Dojo and Domo Kaya, Solo Thang and Juma Nature from Tanzania and Nonini and Jua-Kali from Kenya
    Friday 29th April Milton Keynes at Club Nightclub
    Saturday 30th April Leyton at Club Desire
    Friday 6th May Canning Town at Club Afrique
    Saturday 7th May Leicester at Hajra Centre

  • monicah

    well i love the whole of bongo flava.KEEP IT LOCKED GUYS

  • Rosekisses

    Juz tha kind ov thang!!!!
    I love it all But, This is the second tyme i’m viewing the site no more thingz in herr T’sup!
    Try toupdate it… new picture clips, more thingz about the present artists…where are they wat r they doing…any new songz…the awardz…Jaydee.. Ray – C her love wit Mwisho….Where is all that gossip…want to see it… read it…feel the Tz artist to that level Y’know
    Otherwise….Kudos
    Kisses…

  • Damian Rafferty – Editor of Fly

    If you would like to write about BF or if you manage artists and would like us to write about them, please get in touch with us at Fly.

  • Hamis Adam

    Bongo flava is a rocking youth phenomenon that started in Bongo (Tanzania)in the late 1990s. Am loving it! Everybody in East Africa and beyond does! We are proud of this modern music culture that grows so fast that makes our favourite superstars roll in Mercs, Prados and Jeeps nowadays!
    The fact that the article didnt cover much about the topic shouldnt be a hindrance. I guess its an ‘appetiser’. We still have the ‘main course’ and ‘dessert’ coming.
    Lets be proud of our music.
    Yes, origninally it may be from USA and all, but still… it does use our language, our expressions, our poetry, our inspirations and dreams.
    Bongo, dont let no body hold us down, you heard?
    Peace out!

  • eriq aka Pud lov

    much respect to Gk.and the whole East coast team…this Pud..i was ther wen it all started and still here east coast!..big up to Ay(y y),Fa(mwana sei sei)buff g,snare,dunga, and the hol..upanga..yeah Meku bar too…
    keep it straight..this aint gonna stop more tracks more beats 2 cum..
    piicee
    pud lov (mfalme kichaa)
    toronto,CAnaDA

  • Priscilla

    hi vipi wote ?
    Thanks for this whos who very well done !! Maybe some artists are missing like Ugandans Ziggy Dee, Mad Ice, and others, or maybe they don’t deserve name of “bongo flava” ? Maoni yenu ?

  • Priscilla

    Vipi wote ?
    this “who’s who” is very well done, thanks ! Some people are missing, aren’t they ? What about all UG artists and others such as Ziggy Dee, Chameleon, Mad Ice ?
    historia ya bongo flava kwa kiswahili inapatikana wapi kwenye mtandao ?
    ahsante !

  • kizo

    Hy men wt i can say is that you are a kind of pessimistic people,
    There are so many bongo flava artists who in real sense are the Makers of this music but you put them not on!
    What about the master of all time fun game JUMA KASSIM NATURE?,DULLY the pope of chorus,MR EBBO adults entertainer, and many more ..
    all you put are just new comers to the game and of course dis’game,
    Mtasema mnafuata ujumbe!
    But if someone wants to get message he/she won’t go for bongo flava, instead he/she will tune to ITV, TVT, or even BBC to get the latest messages from am to pm..
    So I urge the tanzanians to know who is the real music maker …
    Got yo!
    Kizito…

  • edmond

    mambo vimpi

  • fredrick Bundala Skywalker

    Ma mc wa Bongo flava kazeni buti kwani real hippop it is on the way to reign.

  • EMMANUEL

    I appriciate the artist mnyalu for his songs . keep it tight man

  • agnes mwakanjuki

    Its good to see that Tanzanian music is achieving the Music standard!!
    Though its still a long way to go! But we need more female artists as well! Where are they!

  • knokabeats

    Happy new year ’05
    check our website
    http://www.knokabeats.com
    Thanks
    From knokabeats management

  • Lydia Martin

    The Uganda Hip Hop Foundation holds a hip hop night every Tuesday at Sabrina’s Pub in Kampala, Uganda.
    The night includes DJs, dance acts, freestyling, fashion, grafitti, and performances by big names and new groups.
    Go to: http://www.musicuganda.com/hiphopug/

  • Elda

    All bongo artists kip it lokal n real…ua music z greatttt…kip ya heads high!!! i appreciate y’all..

  • sambubwe

    mr bue blue blue

  • damian rafferty

    These London clubs include Tanzanian and other East African styles in the mix:
    Mean Time, 338 Tunnel Ave/Bond St. SE10 0PF. Tel
    07939 425 396. Plays soukous, bongo flava, afro pop,
    rhumba on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
    Club Afrique, 145-149 Barking Road, Canning Town,
    E16, London. Tel 0207 511 8494. Plays a variety of
    African music, including East African, on Friday,
    Saturday and Sunday nights.
    Pigeons Nite Spot, 120 Romford Road, Stratford, E15
    London, Tel 0207 519 6549. Plays a mixture of African
    music. Can enjoy soukous, rhumba, afrobeat, Swahili
    hip hop on Saturday and Sunday nights.

  • Mark

    GIVE ME STUff.

  • Patowebmaster

    I love GK rapping style combined with the fact that he stammers, it comes out so real.
    Patrick Kimanzi
    Malindi
    http://patowebmaster.tripod.com

  • Damian Rafferty – Editor of Fly

    Are we missing anyone? If you are reading this and think we are missing someone, why not try and get in touch with the artist through their record label, write a feature/interview and send it to us?
    If you are a record label and want your releases reviewed for an international audience, please get in touch too.
    Keep it Fly!

  • bongo

    Where is B-town clan?They made lots of hit songs.They Rock the streets of Bongo.They got only white rapper in East Africa.

  • agness

    all bango flava music was very fantastic, i appreciate myself.

  • lascy daddy

    mimi by mangweair

  • salama

    waimbaji bomba kip dat way nawafagiliaaaa wawaaah

  • Lydia Martin

    I’m one of the writers of this piece. Rita is right about the gender balance and it was something we tried to address. We did try to meet and interview Ray C, Pauline from the East Coast Team, and Lady JayDee to get some of the big female artists to balance this piece. Unfortunately they werent available, whereas Jaqueline was.
    Thats why we introduced this piece as only an intro – a ‘taster’ of the Bongo Flava scene. There are many more artists – male and female – out there but we it would have been impossible to feature – or meet – them all.

  • Rita Mwaikinda

    a lot of these artists are good, but it sad the way you are only portraying the male artists successes and co-incidently, the only female artist happened to be a Miss Tanzania representative (which is probably why you looked her way in the first place…) what about the Ladies of Bongo, who actually set the concept of Bongo Flava on the road, like Lady JayDee, member of the East Coast Team, or Ray C who happens to be the number1 best selling artist alongside her male competitors and friends, TID and AY?? please… do a little more reasearch on both sides of the weighing scale before you make your statements.. represent the girls if u a tru BF fan…

  • Akuot Majier

    I luv all the artist they are all so real