congolese rhumba

Awilo Longomba ft. Yemi Alade- Rihanna (VERY HOTTT)

Music legend Awilo Longomba just released his new single and video titled “Rihanna”; featuring Yemi Alade.

“Rihanna” is a soukous record that was produced by VTek.


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Papa Wemba Feat Diamond Platnumz – Chacun Pour Soi (VERY HOTTTTT)

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In April of this year, One of Africa’s most famous musicians and an international style icon, Congolese singer Papa Wemba, died suddenly during a performance age 66. Diamond Platinumz recorded with the late Papa Wemba a few weeks before the iconic singer’s death and Chacun Pour Soi is one of the records they did.


GetMziki – Promo Only October 2015 Edition


UPDATE: The download link has been updated. Thanks to Spinz for letting us know we had the wrong download link.
It’s that time of the month again. It’s the promo only October 2015 edition. we know it’s late, but better late than never…
You can access the previous promo only editions here.

With so many artists and tons of records being released on a weekly basis, it’s sometimes so hard to fully enjoy and digest records. Added with the hundred of records we receive from artists, we started having a monthly showcase of songs that we sifted through to find the cream of the crop that we believe deserve a few spins. The result is a 18-track compilation with a few bonus tracks. We showcase tons of records on a weekly basis and with everyone being busy with their daily lives, we decided to start showcasing records that are exclusive releases, chart setters, songs that will be future hits, present hits and everything else in between. Consider this as a music playlist to keep you abreast on what’s popping in the East African music scene.”

Here is the October 2015 Edition Playlist

Ndegz Feat. Madtraxx – Twende Nyumbani
Ben Pol Feat Avril – Ningefanyaje
Christaina Bella- Nashindwa
Vanessa- Never Ever
Swahili Nation- Loco
Calvo Mistari, Khaligraph Jones & UB – Iz Vipi
Daddy Owen and 24 Elders – Okokroko
Mr Blue- Baki na Mimi
Njeri Feat. Stella Mwangi – Miti Ni Dawa
Mbuvi- Nzukulu
Eddy kenzo – Freestyle
Dee Bouwy Feat – NakupendaDarasa- Heya Aee
Dufla Diligon – Tempo
Nessa Feat femi one- MSupa
Hamonizer- Aiyola
Muthoni DQ Feat Khaligrpah Jones and MI- Turn on the Light
Recho – Tua
Pinky- Usiogope

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Dymetime Radio – East African Vibes 5.1


Its that time for the hottest hits to take over your radio/computers/mobile phones – Dyme dropped some new hits today and I feel compelled to share immediately. For folks like me this is the only way we can experience new local music, so I definitely look forward to East African compilations. It’s typically a time for me to gauge whats being considered hot given that Dyme really puts together the hits.

For more on Dyme’s work and to download this set please go to DJ DYME


1. Amani – Heart Braker (Kenya)
2. Vivian – Woman In Love (Kenya)
3. Calvo Mistari F. Hussein Machozi – Datisha (Tanzania)
4. Mo Music – Basi Nenda (Tanzania)
5. Barakah Da Prince – Siachani Nawe (Tanzania)
6. Rabbit F. Sudi Boy – Twende (Serebuke) (Kenya / Tanazania)
7. Khaligraph Jones – Songea (Kenya)
8. Nameless – Butterfly (Kenya / Uganda)
9. Nameless – African Beauty (Kenya)
10. Avril F. Ommy Dimpoz – Hello Baby (Kenya / Tanzania)
11. Eddy Kenzo – Zigido (Uganda)
12. Jaguar – Huu Mwaka (Kenya)
13. Bahati F. Wyre & King Kaka – Kuchu Kuchu (Kenya)
14. Sauti Sol – Shake Yo Bam Bam (Kenya)
15. Lectronica F. Wyre – Light It Up (Kenya)
16. Frasha F. Gaza Timmy – Shigidi (Kenya)
17. Bahati – Lover (Kenya)
18. Shetta F. Diamond – Kerewa (Tanzania)
19. Diamond F. Iyanya – Nakupenda (Tanzania)
20. Ali Kiba – Chekecha Chekecha (Tanzania)
21. Sazlah F. Susumila – Kidekide (Uganda)
22. P Unit – Diffrent (Kenya)
23. Yunasi F. Frasha & Mejja – Ndi Ndi Ndi (Kenya)
24. Kush Tracey – Kamote (Kenya)

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DJ Dimplez – Bae Coupe ft Ice Prince, Emmy Gee & Riky Rick


DJ Dimplez from SA enlists a list of whose who from SA-to-Nigeria for his latest single “Bae Coupe.” The record features Naija A listers Ice Prince together with Boyzn Bucks crew member Riky Rick and Emmy Gee for a Trap/Bando type of record collabo.

This is a good record for any Dj to add in their Trap Music set…

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Dj Lenny – Turudi Kwa Culture (Rhumba Vs Zilizopendwa Vol. 1)


Creating a noteworthy dope mix is never an easy task. So many djs out there are so talented but fail miserably in making timeless mixes that are listenable from start to finish. Dj’s have to find and keep that fine balance between seamless mixing, dropping exclusives or classics and above all differentiate themselves from everybody else out there and provide mixes that are listenable and appreciated by everyone. Dj Lenny’s Rhumba Vs Zilizopendwa Vol. 1 is a dope mix that is timeless and a must listen and favorite for any music lover.

Here is an excerpt on his inspiration for the mix.

One of my favorite shows in Kenya is on Saturday nights, a caller/soc media interactive show called ‘Rasha Rasha’. It’s basically a party set celebrating Rumba & Soukous music .. playing and discussing anything from the late great Franco & Tabu Ley to modern day superstars like Fally Ipupa & Ferre Gola .. while I had already contemplated making a rumba mix, the actual need or the cultural artistic importance of it dawned on me after catching a few episodes. My hope with this mix is that it educates as much as it entertains or brings back nostalgic memories from days when Rumba and Zilizopendwa music were mainstays on dancefloors from the Congo to East Africa .

The idea behind it was to make a mix that has a treasure kind of feel to it, a mix that someone will want to hold on to for years, hopefully, decades to come .. If it’s on a CD to make sure it never got scratched or an mp3 that would be copied and backed up several times to keep it safe .. a piece of art if you will
People don’t realize how important our culture is, how much it has shaped us as a people and for this mixes’ purpose ; the fact that we have to each play our part in celebrating it, documenting it and passing it on or forward to the future generations. . this is only VOL 1 so stay tuned.

This is fire. I loved the approach. Classics from Franco, Super Mazembe, Mbilia Bel, Tabu ley and many more are on the mix. That Bozi Boziana was and still is my jam…. Bump this heavy.


Kenya's First Lady Lucy Kibaki speaks to

DJXP or better known as Opareeeeee!!! (pun intended on the Opare and not Opore) and I grew up together in Eastlando. So there’s a lot to be said about relationships that are inspired from the past. We went to the same church (Catho), same schools (Jogoo Rd), played on the same grounds , probably katiad the same chiles (Bosbori LMFAO), borrowed the same bikes from the same guys in the esto… So I could say we go way back.

What I enjoy the most about our relationship is that each year when we meet up in a new city, we usually spend hours laughing up old stories. Unakumbuka, Unakumbuka, unakumbuka are the metaphors that fill the air when am hanging out with this dude. So recently when I was talking to XP I was telling him unakumbuka unakumbua ile Mix ya Mixology ulinimekia iko na tereeereee tereeee, I couldn’t explain it so I had to go find it (and luckily I’d had a vault since 2001).

Truth be told this is one of his greatest work from a collections perspective. Listening to this mix today I realize that DJying is a dying art or maybe a changing art form. Years ago when XP made this mix it made me feel the same way that I have felt this morning listening to the music on this set. I say DJ is a changing art form because I rarely listen to mixes today that make me feel a certain way.

For what its worth I am sure for the few who had listened to XP’s old sets when we was doing MIXOLOGY – you will appreciate this one.


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Fally Ipupa – Sweet Life (**GetMziki Exclusive)


I need to post a few tracks that have been sitting on our servers for a few months. I’ll let this song speak for itself. I’ve been riding dirty to this track for a while. The beat, lyrics, chorus and base guitar just magically merge beautifully.

For Dj’s this is one of the “Straight to Serato records”. I’m gonna joke and reiterate what Kay Slay used to say when promoting his artists and records. If you catch your favorite dj without this record, you have the permission to smack them in the face 😉


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Staff Benda Bilili – Osali Mabe (****GetMziki Exclusive)

I’ve always i

nsisted that in this music era, stepping out of your comfort zone musically is the only way to find and enjoy other great music out there. Don’t think that just cause a record gets 10 spins a day in your local radio station, makes it a good record. Here is one record that takes it back to the essence of live instrumentation and having that good quality music you can relate to and enjoy.

According to the group’s bio, “One of the great global success stories of the past three years, Staff Benda Bilili have become an unstoppable force. A group of street musicians who used to live & play around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo, they make music of astonishing power and beauty. The band’s mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals and extraordinary tin-can guitar solos, have been dazzling audiences and media the world over, on record, on stage and on the big screen. Staff Benda Bilili ripped through Europe for the first time in late 2009, spreading the word about debut album ‘Très Très Fort’ with one of the most talked-about tours of 2009. The continent’s media responded in a chorus of praise, with top TV shows (including BBC Newsnight), broadsheet newspapers and world-renowned radios lavishing the band and their album with attention and end-of-year plaudits.” Staff has gained worldwide recognition including the 2009 WOMEX artist of the year award and voted as “Best Group” in the Songlines Music Awards 2010. Since 2009 Staff have been touring extensively in Europe, Japan and Australia, playing many of the largest festivals incl. Glastonbury, WOMAD, Roskilde among numerous others. DRC street band Staff Benda Bilili, were this year in a Cannes-selected documentary focusing on their physical disabilities and unbarred DIY approach to making music. (From artist website).

Osali Mabe is an amazing guitar lead record that takes me back to those earlier days when every club and radio station had to have a Lingala thirty minute set. This are what I call timeless records

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Kigoma All Stars – Leka Dutigite (GetMziki Exclusive ***)

Once in a while a song comes up that just completes me in terms of what it stands for. I think for me this track is all encompassing of the passion and love these artists not only have for one another but the love they have for their town. I mean this track could have been about a tribe, or a people – but its more about a town and what that town represents.

Some history for the folks who don't know where KIGOMA is, its near lake Tanganyika and if you know that area well you will know it borders the DRC. One of the few things thats probably goes unsaid is the assimilation of Congolese in Tanzania as is their adoption of Swahili language. Truly when you listen to

Twanga Pepeta its just a Tanzanianized – Lingala Movement. When I think of the closeness of these two places and the talents that are between the two states its no wonder so many singers are currently from KIGOMA.

Here is a dedication by the artists that call KIGOMA their hometown. To give you a run down of the heavy weights on this track here they are

Baba Levo
Banana Zorro
Diamond Platnumz (better known just as DIAMOND)
Ommy Dimpoz
Queen Darling
Peter Msechu

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Fally Ipupa feat Krys – Sexy Dance (GetMziki Exclusive **)

I need to post a few big songs of 2011 that are currently being voted on MOAMAS, the reason I dont post these songs is just because GetMziki is not really about commercial music, we break artists here. Really think about it, when was the last time you saw Nameless featured here, or Fally Ipupa? Considering am about to post Fally’s big song am just trying to make a point that we are all about the URBAN SOUND. So while we acknowledge that there are thousands of new African songs produced each day – we try to stay focused on our genre of choice which is these EDGY upcoming Urban tracks.

However today am breaking the rule slightly coz this song is just big… so here we go.

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Petersen & Shyman – Fendela Fenduze (GetMziki Exlcusive ***)

What i find quite interesting about this track is that it was released 3 years  ago. I was finally able to get my hands on a clear version. The first thing that i noticed is that the production was really good. It does have a catchy beat, which we can call the “African universal beat” aka kapuka. in my own opinion the chorus is the creme of the crop in regards to this track. It is pretty simple and catchy at the same time. The track was a popular hit in Malawi and Zambia and its soon spread to East Africa. It was released by Zambian Singers Shyman and Petersen.

A-Dubb for GetMziki

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A Touch Of Africa – Kabugi the DJ (GetMziki African Mixes ***)

I grew up in the same Hood/Mtaa as Kabugi, actually we went to the same church in Buru phase v/phase iv. It was called Catho – or Catholic Church of Buru Buru. We probably fkuzad the same chics and shared the same rounda festivities and ball sessions. Although if I think long and hard Kabugi lived in phase iv which was okay but it just wasnt phase v. He he he phase iv had all the nice chiles, actually phase iv and phase iii or phase ii had all the chiles in Buru. Phase v had all the hot jamas (evidently).

Anyway I digress! My point here is that I’ve known this cat for a long time. Kabugi was one of my first users and contributors when we were on version 1.3. Its amazing how time flies since 2001 to date thats almost 9 years ago when we were building our first Kenyan social network homie. But real talk am proud to know that the Internet has really lived up to its promise – ensuring people always stay in touch and in communication. Kabugi and I don’t talk much but when we do he will always drop a mix here and there – Personally I am never really fascinated by new school mixes… its the old stuff that he did that always has me locked in.

Hopefully when we finish 9mixtapes I will get the opportunity to share a lot of stuff he has done but today i am compelled to share this Touch of Africa mix that I have been playing in my car over and over and over again. Funny enough he did this in 2006 which is just amazing in itself. Thats why I feel like a lot of these African songs and sounds are so timeless. You cant listen to a 2006 Genge mix today and tell me it sounds as fresh today!

This mix has it all, it has your daily dose of Lingala, Magic System, Coupe De cale back in the day… Anyway real talk Kabugi this mix is official. Thanks for sharing/ Keep doing what you do!

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Mixtape Fridays- Top 5. Radio Express “The African Chart”.

For this week, mixtape Fridays, I wanted to showcase the Top 5 records in Africa as tallied by Radio Express “The African Chart”.

According to the website, “The Africa Chart creates a context for African pop performers to compete directly with world renowned artists for chart supremacy. Fed by reports from dozens of leading radio stations across Africa, the chart encourages international support of Africa’s best”.

The chart has tons of tracks from worldwide artists, but we will only feature the tracks from Africa . Big Ups to P-Unit for having the # 1 record in Africa with “KaRe”

For the week of September 25, 2010, the top 5 records in Africa were

1. P-Unit – KaRe (Kenya)
2. Freshly Ground – Fire Is low (South Africa)
3. 2Face – Only Me (Nigeria)
4. Mad Traxx – Get Down (Kenya)
5. Kas – Fimile Be (Nigeria)

We have already featured and have download links for P-Unit’s “KaRe” and Mad Traxx’s “Get Down”.

Listen to Freshly Ground- Fire Is low (South Africa)

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STREET LETHAL VIRUS – AFROBEAT : DJ Kaydee (GetMziki Exclusive ***)

In my continuation of the Mixtapes/Mixes series this is the second Mix I wanted to highlight thats a MUST HAVE. I threw a challenge at Kaydee a while back. I told Kaydee folks need something different from DJ’s today. The whole Genge/Kapuka and pop mixes has been done – there is an over saturation of so many Similar mixes floating around the internet in one form or the other. So whats going to be your differentiator? I have told the same thing to a couple of out DJs I like out there, I keep telling them its too cloudy out there you need to clear things out by being one of the few DJs who can stand out.

And for months Kaydee never really responded with what he would do. He still hasnt responded, but when he sent this I emailed him back and told him welcome/ now you are talking my language. Kay dee has been working on a frequent Web series of the STREET LETHAL Mixes (btw he is very consistent on delivering these mixes). Each week or two he sends a mix of different genre – to me everything else he sent was just okay and good until he put this together. Unfortunately I dont have the tracklist nor the artwork to this particular session but I think its a must have. It may be annoying the same music I grew up listening to and hating is the same music I am drawn to and enjoy because I get to dance to it. It may also be that the popular Urban tracks are stealing small bits and pieces of that Benga and Congolese sound here and there that its beginning to closely resemble each other. Needless to say this is a MUST HAVE – Kaydee mix.

On the flip side – Side note: There are two different, VERY Different Kay Dees. Many folks in the US know of DJ Kay Dee from Denver (old school cat – very very very humble cool dude, I love this dude sana one of my good friends). And then there is DJ Kay Dee from Kenya (KayDeethal) .. I’ve also know Kay Dee – Kenya for a long time. Kay Dee is the king of JAM SESSION at F2. He has been the long standing DJ at F2 for years and probably responsible for so many talented guys who are discovered at F2. He currently is part of TOD (Take Over DJs) and has been to the US several times before.

Either way this is fire.

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Les Jumo Selesao – Zoomer


For a while there i thought the whole coupe decale phenomenon was dying slowly, or being taken over by some new variations of it – that was until this kids came along and decided to step it up a notch with this joint. check out the video below and download at the bottom:

Barbara Kanam – Djarabi


Barbara Kanam has all the element of african super stardom the combination of good looks, diverse repertoire and good vocals –  I would describe her as a young combination of Tshala Muana and Mbilia Bel. Her album entitled Karibu  came out this year and is one of the best complete albums i have listened to in a long time.

Fally Ipupa ft Olivia – Chaise Electrique (GetMziki Exclusive ***)

Fally Ipupa
image courtesy of Jamati

Fally is not new on GetMziki or on the Internet – actually anyone who wants to befriend Fally just has to point his browser to his Facebook page here – Fally Ipupa on Facebook – he is an avid Facebook user and has a large fan base. Fally is one of those artists you just respect period – enough said. To collaborate with Olivia and produce this flashy video just brings African Urban music to a whole new entertainment space.

Olivia who apparently left G-Unit in 2008 after spinning hits with 50 Cent such as Best Friend. seems to have found some good spirits with the African star Fally Ipupa. Its rumored that Olivia is now signed to Universal and has an upcoming project titled Alone with You.

I wonder if she is going to dedicate this album to her new found love 🙂

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DJ Mpenzi – African Express (GetMziki Exclusive)

image courtesy of DJ Mpenzi and GetMziki

It seems we are going to have a MIXTAPE week so let me go ahead and bless GetMziki with someone rarely spoken, critically unacclaimed talented Kenyan DJ. His name is rarely mentioned in the Kenyan (East African) Circles yet he commands the respect and attention many lose DJs get within the community. DJ Mpenzi who also happens to be a good friend and business partner is a soft spoken dude whose politeness can be mistaken for inexperience. But I tell Mkonu all the time, you don’t need to play for Kenyans or East Africans to be respected – something he has learned to adopt and blend into his day to day career which flourishes just well without the Kenyan market at large.

DJ Mpenzi has been holding down the Bay area for years, even before I got here – funny enough I am yet to see him hold a Kenyan gig in the region despite his experience. Young cats like DJ Slim and DJ Johnny run things in the Bay from a Kenyan perspective – but no one comes close to commanding the Jungu/Black Market like DJ Mpenzi. Which is funny coz his whole brand and image speaks Kenya – his logo has the Kenyan Flag so its always fascinating to see his name and logo on club flyers and then come to realize that there will be no Genge playing just adds to the mystique behind Mpenzi.

Either way dont get it twisted! the man knows his roots (NOT GENGE though) he he he. Trust me, that will be the day. I love Mkonu coz he understands where Africa needs to be and plays these tunes for the Jungu market stone face. The reaction of the crowd speaks for itself whenever the Coupe decale drops and the Soukous, I respect any DJ who can kick dancehall and then flip it to Africa – because you are not only entertaining the crowd but you are educating them on the roots of their music. To me thats mission accomplished. Thats why I couldnt hold back but yank this mix that he made for some Charity organization he helps out – I felt the mix needed a home elsewhere including the Nuru International events.

But before I over talk his skill or expertise – please be blessed with this African Express, this is the type of mix I keep asking all these other Kenyan DJs to pull off but none has come close to. The only other guy who has impressed me in African mixes is DJXP – to date I am yet to hear someone else.

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Track list:

Ambiance – Tina Spencer
Mets Lui – Discounty Dj
Frottez Frottez – Tina Spencer & Dj Arafat
La Medaille Du Merite – Tina Spencer & Dj Arafat
Let Me Love You – Bunny Mack
Medley B – Sokous Stars
A Nous a Victoire – Atti
Guantanamo – Dj Zidane
Zouke En Decalant – Tv 5 Feat. Claudy Star
Famille Dj – Dj Kitoko
Femmes – Dj Arafat
Mastiboulance – Lino Versace & Boro Sanguy
Bouger Bouger – Magic System
C Cho Ca Brule – Magic System Feat. Cheb Bilal
Moyibi – Pepe Kalle & Nyboma
Nairobi Night – Sokous Stars
Sai – Kanda Bongoman
Grippe Ariaire – Dj Lewis
Lagos Night/Sweet Mother – Sokous Stars

Fally Ipupa. Mabele

Fally , is one of the new crop of  ‘Rumba Congolaise’ artistes along with Ferre Gola who are attempting to snatch the mantle from the established artistes like Koffi Olomide, JB Mpiana, and Werrason. The thing about Congolese music is that it functions like a school. Take Fally for instance, Fally was a member of Koffi’s Quartier Latin, Koffi before him was a member of Papa Wemba’s Viva la Musica. Papa Wemba himself was a member of Zaiko Langa Langa so there is definitely some kind of artistic education system.

Fally Ipupa

As for Fally, he definitely has a HipHop swagger but manages to remain rooted in Congolese rumba. the track Mabele is a modern throwback.


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Ivory Coast – Coupe' de Cale

if you have not heard of Coupe’ de cale you must have been living under a rock somewhere. Okay maybe the name sounds strange but you may have heard the music and miss took it for congolese rumba, which would not be far of the mark since from my perspective coupe’ de cale is combination of the rumba beat with a hiphop sensibility – Think extra musica + lil john rolled up in one genre.

Anyway here is  avideo of one of the Hot tunes – Bobaraba

Also here is a coupe de cale mix of ushers “love in this club”


by dj boima from san francisco.