30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 22 Sugu

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 22 – Sugu. In 2010. The pic was taken during the 2010 elections and Sugu (aka 2Proud, Mr. II) ran for and won a seat in Parliament Another one of TZ’s hip hop pioneers. Sugu has spent 2 decades in hip hop. He had a long career in hip hop before he turned to politics, releasing several albums along the way. He is famous for going up against Clouds FM, and challenging their domination of music and promotion of Bongo Flava in Tanzania. He once told me that pop music hijacked the term Bongo Flava. He remains a very controversial figure in TZ hip hop and politics.


*30 days of TZ hip hop is to show some of what I experienced the past year in Tanzania.

Politics and Hip Hop Meet in Upcoming Elections

Dar es Salaam — Hip hop has often been used by artists as a form of social commentary against poverty, corruption and inequality. Now, some of these artists are aiming to effect change from the inside and are seeking political office themselves.

Joseph Mbilinyi, known by his fans as Sugu, helped pioneer Swahili rap in Tanzania. He has been an emcee for 20 years and has 10 albums to his name. The hip hop artist is now a candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections.

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