Tag: Bongo Flava
Bongo Flava’s Heartbreak Anthem
“Mapenzi! Yataniua!” is a phrase that has taken Swahili pop culture by storm this past holiday season, and it is all thanks to Mbosso. In October of 2022, Bongo Flava artist, Mbosso, released “Yataniua”, a song part of his second studio album, Khan. The album includes 6 songs of which there is a mix of
The Sounds of Tanzania
-A brief article about the many sounds that are produced in Hip Hop. Hip Hop isn’t just a genre of music, it’s a genre that has its own style, culture, code, and language that sets it apart from all other genres. Through the use of Swahili slang & AAVE, drumming, storytelling, and rhyming, along with
Rosa Ree: Proof That Women Are “Champions”
Rosa Ree, the female rap powerhouse premiered last June the slamming song “Champion” featuring singer Ruby, which contains lyrics made to empower women all over, especially in Tanzania and the African Diaspora. When discussing her role as an empowering voice for African women in rap, Rosa states that “Gender discrimination has been my biggest challenge
Excuse me Prof, Je, unaweza kunifundisha jinsi ya kurap kwa Kiswahili?
I have not ventured far into the history of hip-hop in African countries; but I am disappointed in myself for not understanding the dichotomy that existed between Bongo flava and Tanzanian hip-hop. Contrary to previous beliefs, hip-hop in Tanzania is very particular about distinguishing their art from the pop-infused bongo flava. Several MCs delve between
Diamond Platnumz and Ne-Yo Find a Common Language in “Marry You”
Tanzanian rapper, Naseeb Abdul Juma, more commonly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, is perhaps the most commercially beloved hip hop artist in Tanzania today. His music always seems to reflect the Bongo Flava unique to the East African country, with Caribbean sway and Afro-pop beats.
Vanessa Mdee Subverts Gender Norms Through Color in Her 2016 Hit, “Cash Madame”.
2016 was the year of Beyonce’s Lemonade, Rihanna’s ANTI, and the maturation of girl groups like Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. Black women dominated the charts, producing music and music videos that allowed them to express a range of emotions, from angry to heartbroken, while exuding a sense of power, confidence, and sex appeal. In
A Return to Tradition
Witnesz Kibonge Mwepec is a female rap artist from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Witnesz is considered the biggest female MC in East Africa, and this is a title that she worked hard to achieve. She is regarded as an artist with ingenuity, complexity, and an amazing sense of humor. In her videos, Witnesz typically adorns
Diamond Platnumz and Mr Flavour Re-examine what Hip-Hop Looks Like in ‘Nana’
The opening credit reads, “Somewhere in Africa”, showing a well-groomed lawn, large home, or school presumably, and a classroom that could easily be transposed into American society. The clothing worn by the students is very heavily influenced by American culture, with large headphones, sports jackets, and elaborately jeweled outfits can be seen throughout. In fact,
Hip Hop as Social Commentary in Accra and Dar es Salaam
Hip Hop as Social Commentary in Accra and Dar es Salaam by Msia Kibona Clark African Studies Quarterly | Volume 13, Issue 3 | Summer 2012 Abstract: This paper looks at the use of African hip hop as social commentary in Accra, Ghana and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hip hop is by its definition a