List of Tanzania Artists. As in other countries, the musical production in Tanzania is constantly undergoing changes. Music listened to by Tanzanians today stretches from traditional African music or the string-based taarab to a distinctive hip hop known as bongo flava.
The Tanzanian national anthem is Mungu Ibariki Africa (God Bless Africa), composed by South African composer Enoch Sontonga in 1897. The tune is the ANC’s official song and later became the national anthem of South Africa. The melody is also the national anthem of Zambia. In Tanzania, Swahili lyrics were written for this anthem. – Another patriotic song, going back to colonial times, is Tanzania, Tanzania. Tanzania Artists
Gospel music/choral music
Modern Gospel, in Swahili Muziki wa Injili, musicians include:
- Christina Shusho – Gospel singer
- Jeniffer Mgend – Gospel singer
- Mr. Elliot Andy – Choral music, university
- Dionys Mbilinyi – Choral music, church organist
- John Mgandu – Choral music, church organist
- Sabinus Komba – Choral music
- Imani Sanga – Choral music, church organist
- Ambwene Mwasongwe- Gospel Singer
Bongo Flava/pop music
Bongo Flava is one of the newer Tanzanian genres, developed in the 1990s, and is a fusion genre. At its inception, Bongo flava was more heavily influenced by US Hip-Hop and Reggae, fused with traditional Tanzanian music styles. Today however, the sound has somewhat changed, oscillating from its central point -music sung in Swahili- to include a variety of music cultures and styles, and can be described as a fusion of Afrobeats, R&B, Reggaeton and Taraab. Its name denotes the Swahilisation of global music forms by incorporating Tanzanian musical and linguistic elements. By adding the ‘Flava’ (= flavour) of Bongo, the name was born. Tanzania Artists
The current trend among Tanzanian music consumers has started changing from international popular music towards favouring products from their local artists who sing in Swahili, the national language. Popular artists include Bill Nass, Vanessa Mdee, Diamond Platnumz, Harmonize, Mbosso, Jux, Alikiba, Navy Kenzo, Shetta, Ben Pol, Lava Lava , Dully Sykes, Rich Mavoko, Rayvanny, Whozu , Marioo , Darassa , Jay Melody , Nandy. Some of the best known producers include Tudd Thomas, Mesen Selekta, P-Funk Majani, Nahreel, S2Kizzy, Lizer classic , Abbah Process , Kimambo Beats, Bonga de Alpha, Blaq, Mr T-Touch, Daxo Chali and Mocco Genius.
The more than 120 ethnic groups of Tanzania have developed a large number of specific traditional musical and dance styles with corresponding instruments. The Zaramo people, for instance, perform traditional dance, such as “Mitamba Yalagala Kumchuzi” on tuned goblet drums, tuned cylindrical drums, and tin rattles. Tanzania Artists
The multi-instrumentalist Hukwe Zawose, a member of the Gogo ethnic group, was the 20th century’s most prominent exponent of Tanzanian traditional music. He specialized in the ilimba, a large lamellophone similar to the mbira.
Saida Karoli is a famous traditionalist Tanzanian female singer and performer, who sings in Haya. Karoli’s music is described as natural with mellow vocals and hypnotically rhythmicism. Her songs Ndombolo Ya Solo or Maria Salome were huge hits in Tanzania and the countries around; she was nominated at the 2005 and 2006 Tanzania Music Awards in the Best Folk Album category and for the Best Female Vocalist category. Tanzania Artists
A mtindo (pl. mitindo) is simply a rhythm, dance or style identified with a particular band. Sikinde, for example, is associated with Mlimani Park Orchestra, and is derived from the ngoma (musical events held by the Zaramo). Some bands maintain the same mtindo throughout their career, while others change with new personnel or popular preference.
Taarab is a music genre popular in Tanzania and Kenya. It is influenced by the musical traditions of the African Great Lakes, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. Taarab rose to prominence in 1928 with the advent of the genre’s first star, Siti binti Saad. Tanzania Artists
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X Plastaz is a Tanzanian hip hop musical group based in Arusha and founded in 1996. They are one of the most popular acts in the Tanzanian hip hop scene. Their style mixes elements from international hip hop and traditional Maasai music, represented by Maasai singer Merege. While Merege sings in maa (Maasai language), the other members of the group rap in swahili and haya. Merege is also well known to perform in traditional Maasai clothings. Tanzania Artists
Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a rock musician, best known as the frontman and lead singer for the English rock band Queen. He is remembered for his powerful vocal abilities and charisma as a live performer. As a songwriter, he composed many international hits, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We Are the Champions, Bicycle Race, Don’t Stop Me Now, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Mercury died from complications of AIDS, greatly increasing public awareness of the disease. Tanzania Artists
“Hukwe Zawose has been a success with his virtuoso thumb piano playing and his mighty voice that stretches over 5 octaves, from deep bass to falsetto. He can roar like a lion one minute and trill like a bird the next.
He is working on a variety of compendium albums of African folk music and has released two solos album via Realworld. Today, Hukwe Zawose stands out as one of Africa’s most important traditional musicians.
Hukwe Zawose died December 30th 2003 in his hometown Bagamoyo having been ill for a short period of time.”
Saida Karoli (born April 4, 1976) is a traditionalist Tanzanian singer and performer who has staged live shows in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC. Tanzania Artists
Karoli was born in 1976 in the northern Tanzanian province of Bukoba. “Maria Salome“, a song from her first album, reached number three in airplay on Tanzanian radio. She has entertained the Kabaka of Buganda and is an act at Zanzibar’s Sauti Za Busara Festival. Most recently she was nominated for several honors at the Kora All-African Music Awards.
In style, Karoli’s music is described as natural with mellow vocals and hypnotically rhythmicism. Though she sings primarily in her native tongue Haya, her lyrics also incorporate extensive Swahili (the more widely spoken East African Language) and the occasional phrase in English. Her latest song is entitled “Mapenzi Kizunguzungu” which translates to “Dizzy Dizzy Love”. Tanzania Artists
Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila
Remmy Ongala and his Super Matimila Orchestra are without doubt Tanzania’s most well known band, and have performed many times in Europe and the USA. Remmy Ongala is originally from Zaire/Congo. He lost his mother when he was nine years old and had to take on the responsibility of raising his siblings. As a 17-year-old he was in a youth band, Bantu Success, as a singer and drummer. This was not popular with his family, so Remmy had to leave the band. Two years later he was again involved with music when as a guitarist he joined a few groups, among them Mickey Jazz in Zaire and Grand Mika Jazz in Uganda. In 1978 he moved to Tanzania and joined his uncle’s band, Orchestre Makassy in Dar es Salaam.
In 1981 he joined forces with Matimila, an 18-member band owned by a local businessman. Later on he formed Super Matimila and developed a style based on three guitars, bass and drum, plus saxophone. Remmy Ongala based his music on Soukous, that he proffers in a more raw version than usual, rooted as it is in local Tanzanian traditions. Tanzania Artists
He sets great store by Swahili lyrics that often have political stings against the wielders of power of all description, but he also shows a loyal defence of the common man’s condition. Because of the lyrics’ so-called healing properties he is called “The Doctor” and is an enormously popular man in the Sinza neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, where he lives with his English wife, five children and a parrot.
The last few years he has not been able to perform as often as before, due to his suffering from diabetes.
Jagwa Music is an Afro-punk collective from Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania). Imagine a crew of 8 youngsters (with a great, urban dress sense) playing nutty grooves at breakneck speed on traditional percussion, a keyboard player going mad on a battered vintage Casio, and three relentless front persons: two breathtaking, spectacular dancers and a charismatic lead vocalist/MC, belting out songs about survival in the urban maze, unfaithful lovers and voodoo. Tanzania Artists
Fatuma binti Baraka (aka Bi.Kidude) is a Zanzibari Taarab singer. She is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music and is also a protègè of Siti binti Saad. Bi Kidude was born in the village of Mfagimaringo, she was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar. Bi Kidude’s exact date of birth is unknown, much of her life story is uncorroborated, giving her an almost mythical status. Tanzania Artists
Ally Salehe Kiba (AliKiba) is a Bongo flava artiste from Tanzania.
His debut album was Cinderella which was one of the biggest selling records in East Africa. He subsequently toured the US and Europe.
His second album, Ali K 4Real, will be released in 2009.
Some of his songs include Najuwa, Ndugu Wangu, Nakshi Mrembo, Sikuoni, Zaidi Yangu, Kuteseka, Njiwa, Yatima, Raggatone, Sabrina, Nichuum, Msela, Namshukuru Mungu, etc Tanzania Artists
Bio. Born Lawrence Marima Madole, Marlaw is a Tanzanian musician who has been nominated for several awards, with popular singles such as ‘Bembeleza”Rita’ ‘Pii Pii Mising My Baby’. Born in 1984, Marlaw used to sing in church. At the beginning of his secondary education he started writing his own songs Tanzania Artists
Freddy Ndala Kasheba was a Congolese guitarist, singer, and bandleader who was based in Tanzania for most of his career. In 1969, he emigrated from Zaire to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Joseph Haule, popularly Professor Jay, is a Tanzanian hip hop artist. He was formerly a member of the group ‘Hard Blasters’, best known for their hit ‘Chemsha Bongo’ (then he used stage name Nigga J).
During his solo career, he has released a number of hits, including ‘Nikusaidiaje’ and ‘Zali la Mentali (feat. Juma Nature)’. Just like Mr. II, he is a pioneer in Tanzanian Rap (Genge) and as well a legendary MC, who has remained one of the most popular hip hop musicians in Tanzania, despite of the influx of many new bidders.
He won a Best Song category in the 2006 Kisima Music Awards. Tanzania Artists
* Machozi Jasho na Damu (2001)
* Mapinduzi Halisi (2003)
* J.O.S.E.P.H (2006)
Jamhuri Jazz Band
Like Atomic, this club was founded in Tanga town in 1954. The original name was Nyamwezi Jazz Band, as most of the members or their families had come to work in Tanga from that region in the western parts of Tanzania. At first the band just featured two box guitars, banjo and clarinet. la the mid-1950s the government forced the group to change its name and they adopted the name Jamhuri (Republic) Jazz. Besides Tanga Region the group often played in Mombasa as well. In the late 1960s two young brothers joined the band, Wilson Peter Kingonga and George Peter Kingonga, both singers, guitarists and composers. The brothers later were to gain fame establishing their bands (which included former members of Jamhuri Jazz), in Arusha, Mombasa and then Nairobi: They are the founders of Simba Wanyika-a band that fostered a number of spin-offs on the Kenyan music scene-and became one of the fixtures in East African Swahili dance band music from the 1970s to the 1990s. Tanzania Artists
Shikamoo Jazz was formed in Dar Es Salaam in October 1973 by a coterie of veteran musicians who were determined to recreate the glorious sounds of the heyday of Tanzanian jazz (dansi music) and in so doing ensure their economic livelihood at an age when elderly musicians have usually decided to hang up their horns.
Shikamoo means ‘Respect’ in Swahili. Comprising 11 veteran stars, many of whom had been band leaders in their own right, and sponsored by HelpAge International, Shikamoo quickly established a niche in the competitive Dar Es Salaam music scene with an enormous repertoire of original material, performed by master musicians, some of whom had enjoyed more than 30 years in the music business. Indeed, a simple list of the bands that these musicians have played in reads like a short history of Tanzanian popular music. No one in Tanzania can hear the names of Kiko Kids, Kilwa Jazz, Urafiki Jazz, Western Jazz, Nuta Jazz, Dar Jazz, Bima, Orchestre Maquis, Safari Trippers, Les Wanyika, Uda Jazz, Bantu Group, Vijana Jazz or JKT without recalling the golden days of the 1960s when Independence held hope of a bright future, and when bands reflected the optimism of the period. Yet Shikamoo Jazz did not confine itself to classic cuts and, with so many master musicians in the group, almost inevitably the band began to deliver a succession of new songs reflecting the social and emotional realities of modern city life. Tanzania Artists
Ras Nas, a.k.a Nasibu Mwanukuzi, is a poet-musician from Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania that blends reggae and african music with a dash of poetry. Above all, Ras Nas’ music is original.
2007 finds Ras Nas ready poised to release his follow up CD “Dar-es-Salaam”. On this CD, Ras Nas has collaborated with 24 musicians from nine different countries. “Dar-es-Salaam”, containing nine songs with lyrics in both English and Kiswahili,is expected to hit the market in November. You are warned, so stay tuned!
Judith Daines Wambura Mbibo, known as Lady Jaydee (June 15, 1979 – ) is an Afropop singer from Tanzania. She was voted Best Tanzanian Female R&B Artist in 2002, performed at the Kora All Africa Designers Competition, and was awarded “Best R&B Album” at the Tanzania Music Awards on August 6, 2004. In July 2005, she won an award for “best female video for South Africa”. She was the first female to sing R’N’B in swahili.
* Machozi (2000)
* Binti (2003)
* Moto (2005)
* Shukrani (2007)
Afro-Soul artist, singer songwriter Mad Ice i one of the finest artists the world music genre has to offer. Based in Europe, Helsinki Finland he has gained recognition on the international world music scene with his fabulous soulful voice and touching live performances. With love being the main message conveyed on the lyrical side of his compositions, Mad Ice’s music is a unique fusion of melancholic african melodies with a touch of soul…call it Afro-soul. Not only is Mad Ice a talented writer but a great performer as well. Listening to his warm and powerful voice is an experience, whether you understand the language or not…Its like being on a transcending journey to the unknown. Appreciated by any audience, Mad Ice performs regularly with his band on Jazz and World, even on Pop and Rock stages. Being recognized as one of the greatest stars in East Africa, his music is year after year on playlists not only on African but also on international radio stations.
Its a Tanzanian Band
NUTA Jazz Band
NUTA Jazz Band was owned by the Trade Union of Tanzania, It has changed its name to Juwata Jazz Band. Bandleader is Muhidin Ngurumo, one of the founder member of the group
Morogoro Jazz Band
Morogoro Jazz Band, also known as K.Z. Morogoro Jazz Band, was a seminal muziki wa dansi band from Morogoro, Tanzania. The band originally played live at the clubs and bars of Morogoro and became very popular in the 1960s and 1970s, receiving considerable airplay from Tanzanian radio stations
Zuhura Othman Soud (born 22 November 1993), better known by her stage name Zuchu, is a Tanzanian singer, songwriter and recording artist signed to WCB Wasafi records label. She was awarded the Silver Play Button by YouTube for becoming the first East African female artist to exceed more than 100 000 subscribers within a week. On the week of her 2020’s birthday, Zuchu was named by AFRIMMA as the winner of the Emerging Artist Award.
Hukwe Ubi Zawose
Hukwe Ubi Zawose (1938 or 1940, Dodoma, Tanganyika – December 30, 2003, Bagamoyo, Tanzania) was a prominent Tanzanian musician. He was a member of the Gogo ethnic group and played the ilimba, a large lamellophone similar to the mbira, as well as several other traditional instruments. He was also a highly regarded singer.
He came to national and international attention after Julius Nyerere invited him to live and work in Dar es Salaam. He also gained attention for his work with Peter Gabriel, and released two albums (Chibite and Assembly) on Gabriel’s Real World Records label. His final release before his death, Assembly, was a collaborative effort with producer/guitarist Michael Brook. At the 2005 Tanzania Music Awards he was given the Hall of Fame Award. His family is included in the 2009 documentary Throw Down Your Heart, which follows American banjo player Béla Fleck as he journeys through Africa.
Ottu Jazz Band
Msondo Ngoma (formerly known as NUTA Jazz Band, renamed Juwata Jazz Band, and then OTTU Jazz Band) is an influential and long-lived Tanzanian muziki wa dansi band. Having been established in 1964, it is the oldest active dansi band in Tanzania.
Juma Nature a.k.a Sir Nature (born Juma Kassim Ally) is a founder member of a Temeke group called Wanaume TMK, an informal group of rappers from the poor side of Dar es Salaam. Nature is one of the best, well known and most creative artists in the Bongo Flava Swahili hip hop genre, not only is he a great composer and uniquely talented rap artist but also gifted with a soulful and touching voice.
The other main reason for his popularity throughout East Africa is of course the topics of his songs, which deal with real and pertinent issues to the majority of local people. ‘Umoja wa Watanzania‘ from his 2004 album Ugali, for example, pleads for peaceful resolution to political misunderstandings between two rival parties, the ruling CCM and CUF, reminding people of what could be the outcome of a political crisis.
* Nini Chanzo (2001)
* Ugali (2003)
* Ubinadamu-Kazi (2005)
* Zote History (2006)
Remmy Ongala (1947–2010) and his Super Matimila Orchestra are without doubt Tanzania’s most well known band, and have performed many times in Europe and the USA. Remmy Ongala is originally from Zaire/Congo. He lost his mother when he was nine years old and had to take on the responsibility of raising his siblings. As a 17-year-old he was in a youth band, Bantu Success, as a singer and drummer. This was not popular with his family, so Remmy had to leave the band. Two years later he was again involved with music when as a guitarist he joined a few groups, among them Mickey Jazz in Zaire and Grand Mika Jazz in Uganda. In 1978 he moved to Tanzania and joined his uncle’s band, Orchestre Makassy in Dar es Salaam.
Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club
The Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club was founded in 1905 following the Sultan’s intention to create recreational associations on the island. The name itself means “brothers who love one another” and reflects the egalitarian and supportive aims of the club. The Club is the oldest in Zanzibar, and has been one of the main currents in Zanzibari music throughout this century – sales of their cassettes comprise the bulk of the cassette copy-shops’ trade. After the revolution in 1964, the name was changed to the Malindi Musical Club and affiliated to the local Party Branch, but is now (1988) reverting to the original name. This means that its orchestra is currently known by either name on the island. After the revolution the Club became open to women members.
Following the disappearance of royal patrons and then the socialist state, Zanzibarís taarab orchestras are now fighting a tough battle for survival. Ikhwani Safaa is a 20-piece orchestra with violins, ganoons, ney, guitar, accordion and percussion, and they’ve been worked into great form.
The double-bass player use thick rubbery shark line pulled up to tension for their strings, the ganoon players use a much lighter fish gauge. As it is, the string players seem to have a convention of tuning below concert pitch to avoid excessive wear and tear on the strings, effectively turning the keyboards and accordions into transposing instruments.
The Club has visited Kenya, Burundi, Oman and Dubai, and many of its musicians visited the UK in 1985 as members of the National Taarab Orchestra.
The line-up, in 1988, was: Omar Said Ali, Ali Salum, Haroub Abdalla, Saleh Mussa, Hisham Abdalla, Salim Kassim, Abdullah Khamis – violins; Seif Salim Saleh – violin and ud; Ally Salum – ganoon; Ally Salim – accordion; Abubakar Mohammed – guitar; Haji Mohammed – organ; Khamis Mohammed – bass; Juma Saidi Hamadi – cello; Hussein Ali, Abdul Rahman Baju Beir – ney; Abeid Muhsin, Said Abdalla, Rashid Hamid – percussion; Aziza Abdalla, Sihaba Juma, Rukhia Ramadhan, Maulidi Mohammed, Mohammed Ilays, Seif Salim Saleh, Kassim Mohammed, Abubakar Mohammed, Innat Alawi, Awadh Salim, Firiyal Rashied, Khadija Salim, Ali Masoud, Moh’d Shatri, Amur Khalfan, Salim Abdalla, Haji Ameri, Moh’d Salim, Ahmed Saleh, Masoud Mfaume, Ahmed Ali, Attiye Attaye, Mohammed Ahmed – singers and chorus; Humud Mohammed, Haroub Seif – technicians.
Culture Musical Club
Culture Musical Club began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar’s struggle for independence back in 1956. Today, Culture Musical Club is not only the largest, but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar as they present taarab music, Swahili style at its best.
In addition to innumerable performances in Stone Town, villages of Zanzibar and on Tanzania mainland, this group has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates and Reunion.
Watengwa ni kundi la muziki kutoka Arusha, Tanzania. Kundi hili lilianzishwa mnamo mwaka 1999 katika eneo linaloitwa Kijenge Juu. Kundi hili ni maarufu kwa aina ya muziki wao wa Hip Hop, Ragga, Reggae, Afrobeat, n.k. nchini Tanzania na pia inasemekana ni kundi linalobeba wasanii wengi kuliko makundi mengi ya hip hop Afrika.
Kundi hili linafanya muziki unaogusa maisha na harakati za wanajamii na wanamuziki pia. Watengwa ni JCB Makalla, Chindo aka Umbwa Mzee, Donnie, Alwatan Kwelle, Daz Naledge, Chabba, Ghost B, Kekuu, D Wee, Lau, Mathieu, Ghetto Queen, Chaca Na Nduguzee, Yuzzo Rubama na wengine wengi kwa kada zao mbalimbali.
Bagamoyo Players & Mradi Group
A band in Tanzania
Mzungu Kichaa is from Denmark but grew up in Africa. He is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of African Bongo Flava. He recorded with Juma Nature, TID, Mangwair, Ferooz and many others in the late 90s at Bongo Records in Tanzania. With the release of ‘Mambo ya pwani’ he topped the East Africa charts in 2001. This song was one of the first songs to take traditional Tanzanian music and fuse it with hip-hop. During his promotional tour at the beginning of 2009 he performed and featured on radio and tv in Mombasa, Nairobi, Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. His concerts were sold out and the media responded with titles such as; “Mzungu Kichaa drives Dar crowd mad” The Citizen, and “Kichaa has brought a new meaning to the word crazy” The Guardian. His performance on East African Television was viewed by over 100 million people in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
He is currently releasing his debut album ‘Tuko Pamoja’, which amongst others, features Proffessor Jay and Mwasiti, who are both big names in todays East Africa. On his Single oYa oYa, Kichaa boasts of his musical achievents from performing alongside some of the biggest Congolese artists, to playing violin in the legendary Taarab Orchestra from Zanzibar called Naadhi Ikhwani Safaa. The Song also describes his experiences living with the Maasai where he learn’t the Maasai language and took part in Maasai Culture.
A tanzanian Singer
Kwaya Kuu, Kikosi cha Injili
Kiswahili gospel singers from Tanzania
Farid Kubanda (anafahamika zaidi kwa jina lake la kisanii kama Fid Q; amezaliwa katika hospitali ya Bugando iliyopo jijini Mwanza tarehe 13 Agosti 1982) ni msanii wa hip hop na Bongo Flava nchini Tanzania. Kabila lake ni msukuma.
Khery Sameer Rajab (better known by his stage name as Mr. Blue; born April 14, 1987) is a R&B musician by Bongo Flava from Tanzania.
He rose to prominence and became popular with fans, soon after entering the music industry with his song ‘Mr Blue’. Where it later came to be as if it were his artistic name.
Mr Blue had a chat with the song ‘Mr Blue’ before he came to prominence with his song ‘Mapozi’, which made him even more popular due to the arrangement of the poems and sounds he used as well as the musical tricks of the instrument itself.
Atomic Jazz Band
The Atomic Jazz Band was formed by Haj Juma and Julius Kiluwa in Tanga’s popular Swahili Street quarters in 1954. Like the other bands, these young men first made their own small drums and copied songs they heard on gramophone records. In the course of time they acquired a club house, additional instruments and fame that made them into one of the leading bands of the 1960s. These recordings were made by Mzuri Records in 1968 and first released in early 1969.
Ruta Maximilian Bushoke is an bongo flavour/R&B/Soul artist from Tanzania.Bushoke was born in 1983 in Dar-es-Salaam. He completed his studies from Dancer International College in 2000
Bodea is an artist from Tanzania.
Sista P is an artist from Tanzania.
Justin Welcome Kalikawe Was Born On 28th/August/1968 In Kitendaguro (Ward), Bukoba Municipality In Kagera Region. He Was 7th Child In A Family Of 8 Children. He Had 3 Brothers And 4 Sisters. His Parents; Samuel Glaces Kalikawe (1925-1972) And Efrazia Maribora Kashebo (1928-2010) Lived In Mwanza.
Njohole Jazz Band
Vijana Jazz Band
Vijana Jazz Orchestra is a Tanzanian muziki wa dansi band that reached its peak of popularity in the 1980s. As with many other dansi bands of the times, it was sponsored by a government institution, namely the Umoja wa Vijana, i.e., the youth wing of Tanzania’s ruling party Tanganyika African National Union.
Siti Binti Saad
Siti binti Saad (1880 – 1950) was a pioneering artist in the taraab genre of east African music. In an era in which male singers predominated, she was a pioneer as a woman singer in the genre. In contrast to previous singers who sang in Arabic, she sang in Swahili. She sang in cities of the coast of Kenya, Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
Grace Matata ni mwanamuziki wa kike wa Tanzania anayeimba muziki wa Bongo Flava. Mwanadada huyu, ambaye pia anacharaza gitaa, ana uwezo mkubwa sana wa kupangilia nyimbo zake (composer) kuanzia utunzi, mpangilio wa sauti hata mpangilio wa Ala za muziki.. Alianza safari ya muziki mnamo mwaka 2010 aliposajiliwa katika kampuni ya Music Lab (M-lab
Shaa is a top Bongo Flava artist from Tanzania!
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Vanessa Hau Mdee, is a Tanzanian singer, songwriter, rapper, youth activist, television personality and radio host. Mdee is popularly known for being the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ.
Dogo Niga is a vocalist from Tanzania. He sings in the Singeli style, a fast-paced type of Tanzanian dance music.
Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, and often referred to as “Simba” or “The King of Bongo-Flava” is a Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, actor, dancer, philanthropist and a businessman from Tandale, Dar es Salaam. He is the founder and CEO of WCB Wasafi Record Label, Zoom production, Wasafi TV, a major Tanzanian media outlet, and Wasafi Fm, one of Tanzania’s most widely listed radio stations. He has had several hit songs including “Number One” featuring Nigerian artist Davido, and African Beauty featuring Omarion. His significant contribution to African music continues to be widely recognised at the public level with him being awarded numerous awards, from Channel O, MTV Awards, Soundcity, Kilimnjaro Music Awards, Headies, Afrima, Afrimma, Kora, AEA, the HiPipo Music Awards and more.
Mwanajuma Abdul Juma (born 4th November 1985), Better known by her stage name Queen Darleen, is a Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, dancer from, and Producer From Tanzania. She is the relative to Diamond Platnumz. Her music vocation started in 2000. In 2006 she discharged her first melody ‘wajua Nakupenda’ highlighting Alikiba. In 2011 she discharged her next tune ‘Maneno’ including Dully Sykes. Queen Darleen’s other songs include; Wanatetemeka, Kijuso, Touch and Ntakufilisi. Diamond bought her Toyota Tactis on her birthday. She is signed to Diamond’s record label, WCB Wasafi record label.