Lamar is a genius, or better yet Lamar has figured out a way to make Tanzanian music flavorful and I am loving it all the way to the bank. On these types of posts I dont even want to say much, just listen to this rendition of a classic into something much more urban/western/dance like and essentially what I call – AFRICAN POP / AFROP.
Play this loud wherever you are… enjoy
If anyone has been following the tragic, disturbing and probably unfortunate career of Ray C then this song shouldn’t be surprising to you. I am one of the fortunate few who has spent time with Ray C in person and also seen her electric performances live. So this part of her life has been a little painful for me to watch unravel and see her strugglel through it, on a personal level. To me I think Ray C made it okay for Tanzanian female artists as well as teen girls embrace their sexuality or feminism. Basically Ray C in my opinion made it okay for many Tanzanian women to feel sexy and be sexy in public. I think the industry owes her a lot, because her contribution both musically and personally from how she lived her life – really helped the country make some great strides in coming to terms with sexism.
Anyway fast forward to this year and it looks Ray C is steadfastly making a come back to music and is actually making some public appearances here and there. I’ve shared a recent interview I saw on Youtube with her opening up about substance abuse in public probably for the first time. So its only right that this track follows on the heels of some of these types of news headlines.
Hiphop/Bongo Flava in Tanzania is going through a transformation of sorts. For some reason drugs have become a prevalent theme in the music industry in the region and now some artists are standing up against this. This is a collaboration from some of the great artists produced by one of my favorite Tanzanian producers – LAMAR.
Get and feel the song here:
And just for kicks here is a recent interview of Ray C on the Sporah show, recorded in June 2014.
It’s new music Tuesdays here at GetMziki and as such we have to bless the Net and your ears. First of all we have to apologize for slowing down on the updates, we are still busy trying to figure out this web thing and how to continiously organize the music we have. For now however we have decided that, this wont kill the momentum we had – so stay tuned coz there is a lot of new music dropping this week both from African artists in the US and in Africa.
We also acquired a new contributor and resource, my main man Alvin Ngallo – represents the TZ fam in a big way. He has been behind some major moves over the last 11 months blessing the US with Ali Kiba and currently working on Mantonya US Tour. Alvin has been talking about LEMAR for a long time (a Tanzanian producer) but I have to admit I had been sleeping on this cats work for a long time. However a few posts down the line including this killer collaboration between Imam Abbas and Nakaaya, I can truly say I am now a believer. LEMAR just might be the TRUTH. I still don’t think he beats P-FUNK but currently I strongly think he is providing a strong alternative to the Tanzanian Bongo Flava artists.
This song might as well have been recorded down the street from where I live and work in the US coz you can’t tell that it’s a Bongo Flava track (which goes back to my argument months ago about what actually makes a song Bongo Flava or Genge). Needless to say am feeling it, Nakaaya’s vocals are always on point and she continues to represent TZ in a big way (rumor has it she got married to M1 from Dead Prez am not sure how true that is but we will keep a close eye to that vibe). I have no immediate info on who Imam Abbas is but hopefully Alvin will educate us soon enough… Enjoy the track
listen to sunshine here:
download the track here: