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Bamboo, Abbas, Chiwawa – DNA ni TNA (GetMziki Mixtape Fridays)

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It’s no secret that we always maintain a non partisan stance when dealing with various issues whether political, social or even music wise. It’s how we just maintain and still have maintained our past present and future connections and friendships.

I’m not really going to go into the whole time line and history of how the track came about. This post is not about that and nobody’s gonna come out victorious in the long run as we’ll make it into the one of those never ending debates. I’ll let the music speak for itself. We are also sitting on a few gems from Bamboo and Abbas that we’ll hopefully release to the masses in due time.

Can I be the first to say that we really need a few records from the trio. Bamboo, Abbas and Chiwawa are masters of this rap thing, as demonstrated by DNA ni TNA, which definitely will find some appeal to the party crowd or the conscious Hip Hop fans. It’s not five-mic material but it’s rating is way up there to showcase what happens when you mix great rhymes with quality production.

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Bamboo Feat Rufftone – Yes Indeed (**GetMziki Throwback Thursday)

On this week, Throwback Thursday I decided to showcase “Yes Indeed” a track that Bamboo did when he had experienced a spiritual awakening and transformation and stared doing gospel music. I’m sure some music lovers out there have probably never heard this track before and even if they have, it probably has been sitting somewhere on your music collection. Some of this tracks bring back back so many memories. It’s definitely a conversation starer. Bamboo goes in on the lyrical side by name dropping various artists names on a friendly tip.

Also listen to the amazing Musyoka production on the track that features Rufftone. Bump this one today on your ride, in the office, at the party and get everybody moving.

If people out there have any throwback memories about the track, we wanna hear them.

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Bamboo Feat Vicki – Mama Africa 2 (***GetMziki Exclusive)

I was just going thru my music emails and realized we had “lost” this track between the tons of emails we have. Initially Leo was to bless the GetMziki folks with the track, but with everything else we try and accomplish, I decided to jump on this and ride with “Mama Africa 2”.

There is not really 2 much to say about the track, but pure hotness. If you really are a music fan, then this is one of the tracks that stay in constant rotation in your playlist. I mean, with Vicki on the chorus and Bamboo on the verses, the track is straight fun, fresh and just something that speaks volumes on the musical talent we have in Africa. The beat is sick and something you would hear on urban radio stations, then for Bamboo to come in and talk about

Mapenzi Tele, Nimekaa Kwenye Benz Mbele
Nikiongea na Manzi Kele, Napanaga Vile nitapiga Makelele

Whoa!!!!!!.

We have artists that always make you wanna listen to every single lyric in songs and the sick combination of the family duo is just way ill for anybody to ignore the great tracks coming out of that camp. Bamboo, people need to start hearing this on a larger scale and in a 2010 mixtape venue. The streets, radio and clubs need to hear this.

Africa stand up!!!!

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Video Showcase – Bamboo, Bracket, Bobby Mapesa


We post various songs way before artists shoot the videos and the “Video Showcase” is one way we post the videos with a link to the original post and the song download for those who might have missed it. (P/S:Click on the bold part for the download link and original post)

Bamboo Feat Vicki – Love Hate

Bracket feat 2face- Yori Yori (Remix)

Bobby Mapesa – Gwara Winch


Bamboo – Go DJ (GetMziki Exclusive ****)

I love Bamboo for a few reasons, through the thick and thin homie can really bounce back as if he was never down. I love Bamboo because sometimes he listens to his fans. I love Bamboo more importantly because he is a go getter – he will do what he must to make it out of this rap game/entertainment. If you can recall a few months ago I was bitching about Bamboo going back to his roots and just getting fresh with the Sheng flows.

Bamboo has it all, he has the talent, he has the flows, he has the smarts to put together some really cool choppy bars that keep his audiences engaged. Sometimes I think however as an artists it gets confusing which call you should answer. I’ve been watching this Trey songz show on BET lately (considering I hate BET). And its interesting management told Trey Songz to kill his gangsta image and the braids/corn rows for the clean cut snazzy sexy boy look. IT WORKED. Sometimes I just wish someone can do the same for Bamboo and manage his brand – and manage it well. Because all this is all about BRANDING – sio kitu ingine.

Either way – the African BANTU I salute you and love your work each time you send me the hits. This is no exception, this is a sure shot. Its not a club dancing song – this is not your COMPE type of track. But you will sit and listen to the Bamboo Delivery. Also key thing to note is that Bizzy has been in the US for a minute but am happy his Sheng flow is on point 🙂

..Wapi album za K-South, tume uza – sija uza uliza Suzanne… // Bamboo youze a fool for this one – I thought Samawati ni mambo ya zamani.

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Bamboo feat Teddy Bear & Chris – Borrow your Mouth

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image courtesy of Bamboo Myspace

Our in boxes are full of

hot new music and we need to find a way to push these new beats over the next few weeks. So what we will try to do is push all the stuff that came in late December and then even our way through into Jan. Some of the upcoming East African tracks wont be super new but be guaranteed that they were delivered to us recently.

Last week I was criticizing an artists called MANIFEST – I went on and on about how I think this would be the perfect match for BAMBOO. As if to taunt me BAMBOO dropped this track on my laps the same day off his upcoming album which I understand is just FIRE. TIM (aka BAMBOO) spits the first verse of this killer track thats currently taking Kenya by storm already. The delivery is typical BAMBOO, and the collaboration by Chris and Teddy to bless the hook and the following verses just brings the entire track to a climax. Its got that dirty dirty in it and a little of that pop Jay Z gets from Just BLAZE when they add trumpets to their tracks. Actually if you told me Just Blaze produced this track I wouldn’t be surprised.

“Shut up and let me borrow your mouth… // don’t say nothing ”

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Bamboo feat Vikki Secret – Love Hate Mix (GetMziki Exclusive **)

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image courtesy of Vikki Secret Myspace Page

I met Vikki once about 5 years ago at Brother B’s studio in Kenya. Brother B also known as Bruce Odhiambo to some has a nice studio house in Lavington that often is the lunch depot for many of his clients and friends – every friday we would go for some Biriyani. I am yet to meet someone as fresh as Bruce Odhiambo real talk. Bruce was working on a track for Vikki and the chile was blowing her lungs off – I was convince the fine broad wasnt a Kenya (coz she twengs 24-7). So after her recording session the chile chomokad and somehow I gathered that she was Bamboo’s sister.

So as you can imagine this might have come my way as a shocker because I didn’t know Bamboo, I only knew of Kimya (Bamboo’s Brother who is also a rapper)… but to Add Vikki to the equation it just completes a family with great musical talents and aspirations. honestly Vikki can sing point blank. She is based somewhere in Los Angeles and if you check out her myspace you will see she mingles a lot with the whose who’s of the music industry in the US. So its always nice to hear some good music from her and her brother collaborating on some heat. This is a track you typically will here on like WPGC or KBLX (local US radio stations)… No difference here apart from Bamboo throwing in Nairobi here and there – I like the track.

Bamboo seems to have a good producer by his side, I hope he can make sense of his new album direction coz the guy is fire….

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Brand New: Bamboo feat J-Sol – Waniua/Long Distance (Get Mziki Exclusive ***)

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Bamboo dropped this track a week ago, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to listen to it until yesterday. Initially there was a lot of name dropping on the email (Typical Tim when he is excited). “The Song features J-Sol on the hook” and produced by the same guy who produced Sweet Dreams are made of this (Named Swisha who is signed to Dave stewart).. Meanwhile all along am listening to this track am saying damn its good to have P-Funk back (Popular Tanzanian producer).

Personally I am more excited to just have Bamboo back. This year he has been blessed and in return he has blessed our ears, consider this for an album run. He dropped Tubambiane earlier in the year, which was a sick come back for an artist many had written off (I still listen to that song everyday). He then dropped Tabia Mbaya, which was an instant club banger and heart robber.

So if you sample the past two tracks and then get to this Long Distance track – one thing that will definitely stand out is the fact that the man is back. Bamboo has embraced his roots and is going full throttle hard at the local East African market. This track would fit right in the Tanzanian market with the other hits that people like P-Funk puts together. Its interesting that some US/UK Based producer put this track together. However this is not the type of song you would hear in a club but its definitely going to get massive radio play and rotation.

All we need now is one more HIT Bamboo! and then we can take over the world 🙂

ps. That guy singing the hook? sick! Good job on this collabo by the way Jay and Jay Soul… pss. Big shouts also to Attitude, Mercy and the whole ATL crew thank you for your love and support to the GetMziki team whenever we are in town…

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Lyrical Assassins feat Bamboo – The Flows

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After I posted the Ground Zero song, I realized Calvin had also sent this classic hit. The Flows is an old song really – it was recorded and produced a while back but the delivery of this track is off the chains. The first time I heard this song – DJ Styles had chopped and screwed the first verse which Bamboo was spitting on. I actually thought the song was called Lyrical Assassins until last week when I got the song and realized that the track has always been titled “The Flows”

What makes this song sicker is the fact that my man – Ambrose blessed the production tables. Mandugu Digitals classic work from back in the day, you cant even tell coz this goes way over and beyond his signature bounce beat. I cant lie I have always loved this track, thanks Calvo for sharing this ngoma – because its on my Genius shuffle on my ipod right now 🙂

Cheers enjoy

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K-Nel Feat Bamboo- Obama Swagger

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After the victory by Obama last year and the song “Swagger Like Us” by T.I driving the streets crazy at that time, I thought of a way of flipping the script to reflect that historic win. I immediately thought of the basic idea , ran it through a couple of artists, and the ones that came through first were K-Nel and Bamboo. They jumped in the studio to give their take on the 2008 elections “swagger” year and the result is a winner. Immediately the “Obama Swagger” song premiered on Homeboyz radio, the calls and comments coming from various sources was that the song had held it’s own weight as compared to the original version. This is one of those street songs that capture your everyday life and meant for everyone since we all got some type of “swagger” in us. Also, Bamboo is in talks to sign to K-Nels Stars limit roster. Enjoy the track!!!!!!!

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Brand New: Bamboo – Tubambiane (Exclusive GetMziki ***)

First and foremost I have to say I am glad to be working with Bamboo on some upcoming projects. I think once guys listen to some of the new music coming from Bamboo and they get to sample the Nairobery II project then they will know we are armored and ready for 2009. It’s taken Bamboo a while to get back to the basics, but I have to say finally i feel as though this project is going to take the direction I’ve always been needing it to be on.

I told Bamboo one day the only other MC I would be scared of, if I were him, is a guy called Chris Kantai – both these two MC’s can flow in English, flip it to Swa and Sheng – Both these two artists can freestyle so effortlessly in both languages, a future collabo is wanting. But for now I still think Bamboo is one of Kenyans number one MC’s (ps. Bamboo Kenya Tour is coming soon, details drop soon).

As an artists Bamboo has done a lot, much like Hardstone, they both have gone soul searching, looking for what they think will be their future sound. Being in the US can skew your ideas of success and entertainment. Ultimately once an artist settles and realizes that he/she is KING doing what they originally started doing and what made them KING, they end up on top of their game. Bamboo is now working on his NAIROBERY vol II album which in my opinion is SICK. I have leaked two songs now – because the tracks are just that good.

BAMBOO IS BACK – // This track was produced by an Atlanta based producer called Wallstreet. Its amazing how you can take a western producer lace up a Kenyan rapper and still have a tight Genge track ready to battle on the Kenyan charts. //

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Defining Kenyan Urban Soul – //


image courtesy of Didge – Facebook

A few years ago marketers and record labels came up with the term Neo-soul to define What they called Nu-soul which was a sub genre for contemporary urban r&b music. The Music was a hybrid for the 70’s influenced soul music fused with the current jazz, latin, African, hiphop, house and sometimes funk music. With time this genre phased out as the artists denounced its ownership and often didn’t want to be classified as Neo Soul artists because it restricted their growth or their breadth of music.

Often we would listen to people like Fantasia and classify them as Neo Soul, while all along she considers herself an R&B singer. So came with the fall the death of Neo Soul as we knew it then…(Am not saying the music is dead but the terms of definition have changed over the years). Today we are faced with a similar dilemma as marketers as entertainment proffessionals and as music enthusiast. We are struggling to classify the new sound coming from Africa as a whole and the sub genre coming from Kenya in particular. At GetMziki we have been having a constant dialog about where to bucket these new sounds we have been collecting and its increasingly becoming a daunting task. We therefore have decided to open up the forum to our user base and hopefully something will strike a cord.

Some Kenyan artists classify their music as Afro-fusion, some classify their new sound as Afro-Soul, personally I have always called this new sound Kenyan Urban Soul. Some call it Urban Benga – or Kapuka Soul… The truth of the matter is we have to come up with one word or one term that will stick and provide the benchmark for Kenyan Urban Soul music. It gets more complicated when you compare these sounds with other similar sounds within the region… (I have attached a TID and Wyre ballad that will throw you off completely). That said – please listen to the following songs, these are the new sounds of AFRICA, this is AFRICA/ Kenya reinventing itself to compete and collaborate in the on going onslaught for the Global R&B Market. I personally love and adore these types of music, because they demonstrate the vocal capabilities of our artists, they stretch the music and the instruments to the core – the allow our language to be heard in different ways… So to me I call this – Kenyan urban Soul – KUS Music ha ha ha … // please help us define what this sound is.. What do you think this should be?

(p.s this Album compilation is available for sale)

Stan – Gachugwa: [Download Track here]

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Didge – Saa Zingine: [Download Track here]

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TID feat Wyre – Kama Ndoto Kweli: [Download Track here]

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Shu – Walk the Line: [Download Track here]

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SEMA – I cant: [Download Track here]

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SEMA – Mwewe: (one of my all time favorites ***) [Download Track here]

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Harry Kimani – Nakuwaza: [Download Track here]

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Astar feat Chizi – Nimechoka: (My favorite Gospel Track***) [Download Track here]

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Chizi feat Wyre – Kumekucha: (Kenyan Gospel) [Download Track here]

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Chizi feat Neema – Songa Songa: (one of my all time favorite tracks ***) [Download Track here]

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Bamboo feat CCD – Binti: [Download Track here]

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BRAND NEW: Bamboo – Tabia Mbaya (feat Archapello)

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image courtesy of Jamhuri Wear and Bamboo

I’ve been reluctant posting some of Bamboo’s new music that I have (stuff like Bumaye and other mixtapes he has made). The reason being that I personally felt that Bamboo has decided to take a different route in his music, at which point in any case I supported him (and continue to support that route). The new material has been a little too Western-centric so I felt that it would be difficult to make a connection with the growing Kenyan market and the DJs to push in Kenya.

However when Bamboo and Kim sent me this song this week I knew I couldnt hold it any longer. I am so excited not only because Bamboo is a close friend, but more so because I feel as though BAMBOO is back… this is the BAMBOO I know this is the ORIGINAL BAMBOO. The snappy cuts, the cutting edge lyrics and the subtle beat that doesn’t override his voice .. SICK.. SICK.. WELCOME BACK. This song will be on high rotation in Kenya I can guarantee and I will see to it.. personally ha ha ha.

On this track Bamboo addresses all his critics, all the fans, and kindly re-affirms to his fans, friends and family that he is still the same cat. “Bado mimi hupenda maziwa mala na ugali” SICK SICK SICK … Am overwhelmed this evening infact nime dedi…

Bamboo Bumayeeee!!!!

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Jua Cali and Sanaa sing Kwaheri!

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Listening to this track I get reminded of Taarab, which is music I grew up with for a long time having grown up in Dar es salaam. Taarab essentially is feel good music that women (ma mama) like listening to as their official friday outting. They get dressed in vitengez and lesos and they go to the spot to stun and listen to one lady sing and perfom taarab the whole day.

I found it a good look for Sanaa who has some swahili background, and to add JuaCali on the track its a killer combination.

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