Meet Uganda’s Song Bird, Esther Nabatanzi

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Esther Nabatanzi

Esther Nabatanzi is a Ugandan singer, vocalist and performer. A journey that started out with her singing in the church choir, before joining Uganda’s Ejazz Band as a lead singer and then venturing into a solo music career, the former Tusker Project Fame contestant remains to be one among the very few that make something of themselves after participating in music contest shows.  An accountant by day and musician by night, Esther who is a Makerere University Graduate with a Bachelors in Business Administration is a gem to watch out for, with the perfect honey voice that would have you want to listen to her all day, every day!

I got the rare chance to interview her and this is how it all went down….

How was the transition from singing in the church choir to secular music and did you get any back lash for it?

I can’t say that it was a transition really because all I do is sing inspirational music, that may not necessarily be gospel nor evil. I  am simply an artist that wants to inspire.While judgement about what I do is inevitable, I haven’t received any backlash from the church- though I am not sure what they (the church) thinks about my music.

What influenced the decision to move from singing in a band to going solo?

I felt like venturing into a solo career would help me build a stronger brand. Also, it is a lot easier to promote an individual other than an entire band. That said though, I still am part of a band with whom I still do live performances with.

Besides building a stronger brand as a solo artist, what other notable differences are there between being a solo artist and being part of a band?

Being a solo artist means you can ably compete in the industry and can be ranked accordingly depending on your individual strengths and weaknesses, other than as a group. Also, you have no choice but to be more keen on your work, as your success or failure all depend on you as an individual rather than shared responsibilities that may sometimes contribute to one being a bit laid back.

How do you strike a balance between being an accountant and an artist without neglecting or putting too much effort on one?

It’s only weekends and evening hours after 5PM when I do music, the rest of the time, I am an accountant. I however have to work extra harder than an artist that does music full time.

You style of music is majorly RNB and mostly on love, why  so and not on any other genre or topic?

I am currently working on my first album, which has love as it’s major theme.The album however consists of other genres of music including Zouk and Reggae. Other topics shall be covered in the next album. It’s all part of a bigger strategy.

How did you choose love as a theme for your first album….why not anything else?

Love is a topic people can easily relate to. Everybody has been loved or faced challenges in love. All other values such as respect, kindness, integrity are as a result of love. Love is everything and it was a perfect way to introduce myself to the world.

You got 2 nominations at this year’s Club Music Video Awards and though you did not win, it’s a major milestone considering you only started singing professionally as a solo artist in 2016. How do you think the nomination will impact your music career or has it done that already?

It was an eye opener. I realized that people are watching me. This means a lot to any upcoming artist. I am more motivated and focused now.

Tubaale and Gwenafunye are currently doing so well. How do you ensure that you don’t get too comfortable with current success so that you are always on top of your game?

I never get too comfortable with anything because successful people keep improving themselves to become better persons. I am definitely not where I want to be so I have to keep working harder.

I listen to your music and can’t help but think of Naava while at it. You guys sound so much alike. Do you ever get that?

Oh yeah. Especially with my first single Gwenafunye. People thought it was Naava’s song. I am however OK with as for first songs people will compare you to existing artists, but this slowly fades with subsequent songs and then they start to see the distinguishing factors between you as artists.

So far, it has been all solo projects you have ventured into…any upcoming music collaborations we should look forward to?

I have some collaborations done already, just not yet released…and no, I’m not telling. It’s going to be a surprise. However, collaborations for me are more about me being able to connect with the artist I am collaborating with as opposed to looking at it as a strategy to become famous. There has to be a strong musical connection for me to be able to collaborate with an artist.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

More inspirational music and a lot of music that is straight from the heart.

Check out Esther’s Tubaale…

Music Review; Shuga- Mimi Mars

Marianne Mdee popularly referred to as Mimi Mars is a TV presenter at  Tanzania’s TV1 and an MC. This is besides running a web- series titled A Day with Mimi, that gives exclusive access to her life, career and the person that she is. Mimi who is also Vanessa Mdee‘s younger sister is currently signed to the latter’s label, Mdee Music.

“Shuga” which is Mimi’s debut song  is a soulful RNB track produced by HighTable sounds, which is Tanzanian singer Barnaba’s . The audio that is 2 minutes and 58 seconds captures the high that is of being in love without exhausting us with unnecessary details, (considering how love as a topic in music can easily be cliche).

 The beats start of on a mellow note, but picks up as we head to the hook to a faster  danceable tempo, which basically explains how we get into love. It’s all mellow as we start out; we are still getting to know the other person and are uncertain about what to expect, only for it to pick up once we are comfortable with each other. Mimi’s vocals are soulful and richly harmonized, with a convincing tone that would have anyone that cares to listen want to experience the kind of love she is singing about. You can tell that she was aiming for a hit song, with the simple and easily memorable lyrics.

The video was shot in Dar es SalaamTanzania by Hascana who is a leading video director in Tanzania. An outdoor setting by the beach side with the right use of color which besides making the video a pleasant watch compliments the message of love. Mimi’s day make up for the video is subtle, balancing the expressive blonde bob, before transiting to the bold glittered lip with long purple hair that works well with night party life setting. Her different outfits and accessories used for the entire video are chic, expressing her dynamic style and individuality. She certainly has got that star look that would have people interested in her even when she is not releasing music, which is a winning star’s quality.

I personally like the story at the beginning of the song’s video that shows how Mimi and her love interest are concerned and take care of each other, which compliments the song’s message. I would have however preferred to have the personalized story line between her and her love interest progress through the entire video. Probably her noticing her love interest at a corner by himself after a long  day of preparing food for entire party, walking up to him and offering him a massage and food, (I am no music director though). Way better than the party set up that has all these other people unnecessarily whining. (My thoughts though and as I said, I am no music director).

However, as I watched this video,  I could not help but think of Vanessa Mdee’s Closer ( well, not the entire video but conceptually speaking, Mimi has her friends hanging out at night by the beach after which her and her love interest separate themselves for some alone time…see what I mean?).

That said, I absolutely this is a winning song, both the audio and video. The message is  relate able especially if you are or have been in love, you understand what it’s like to care about someone and for them to reciprocate it and the happiness that comes with it all- real Shuga. Plus, it’s a great way to make a debut into the music industry and I will be expecting so much more from Mimi after this high note that she has started on.

I have to say though that the unfair truth is that people are going to be comparing Mimi to her to sister Vanessa Mdee, considering just how much the latter has done in the music industry for the short span that she has been around. Also, because Vanessa is her mentor. Though I also think that Mimi has what it takes to make a name for herself without having to hang onto her sister’s shadow.

What do you think about this particular song?

Drop me a comment below.

Also, if there is any other song you would like me to review, you have my contacts.

 

 

Update your playlist; Latest African Music Videos 2017

Hey!

It’s been a while since I shared the latest African music videos so now that we are almost done with February this would be a perfect time to  have you update your playlist as we start off a new month. (I know! I know! One more day to March but because I can…why not?)These ones are the ones that I am currently obsessing on (videos to be precise…some of these audios I am still not so sure about). Be sure to check them out and then let me know what you think about them.

Yemi Alade, Mi Casa- Get Through This

 

When two power houses such as Yemi and Mi Casa come together you know it’s explosive, which is exactly what this jam is, just in a mellow way and I am perfectly OK with that.

Mimi Mars- Shuga

I will be doing an entire review of this particular song and video so for now, I won’t say much but watch out for that to know what exactly I think about this song.

Rosa Ree- Up in the air

I unfortunately decided to watch this video as soon as it dropped on my phone next to my 10 year old niece and now I just wish I was more patient in life especially because the video is already titled “Explicit”. That said, Tanzania is one of those countries in Africa that has such heavy weight Hip Hop artists that in my opinion are unshakeable but I can tell you for sure that they need to watch out for this girl.(You can quote me)

P.S: Am I the only one who thinks that Rosa Ree is such a soft name for such a hard core   type of artist?

Eddy Kenzo- Jubilation

I love the fact that I could be in the worst of moods but listen to an Eddy Kenzo song and then find myself smiling right after. Also, if you are a Ugandan artist or if you know any, thank this guy for paving the way for you.

Eugy- don Corleone

 

I could listen to Eugy all the day long- always fresh and his voice!….Good Lawd! *sighs*  Plus how good does this video look?…

Maleek Berry- 4 Me

 

There’s something about music producers turned artists that gives them an edge over every other artist out there. Probably because they have an understanding of the different dynamics of music and if you still don’t get I mean, Maleek Berry, Tekno Miles and Nahreel are just a few perfect examples of what I’m talking about.

GNAKO Ft Jux- Go Low

 

Each day, I fall in love more with Luffa ‘s work.This isn’t your average Bongo kind of song and I like an unpredictable tune that keeps things fresh and interesting.

 

 

My top 5 picks; Best African Rappers

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I think spitting rhymes was one of those things that our forefathers did just after a hunting session, as they carried the day’s meal home. Seriously, think about it…”Yoh! My name is Onkule the great, the man in charge of today’s fate, cause all I do is catch that prey and  make sure that my fam is fed”(drops mic)…  no?

I don’t know about you but I would personally rather listen to an artist that sings or raps  in a language that I don’t understand, but has me getting at least 70% of the words (or at least have me thinking that I am getting it). That for me is way better than someone who sings/ raps in a language that I understand and yet never making sense of what exactly they are singing/ rapping about.

While there are plenty of African Hip Hop artists that I would have on my list, these ones have consistently proven themselves over time, with a unique style that makes them uncontested pace setters.

K.O

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K.O (Image courtesy of ctvibes.com)

 

He defines his music as Skhanda Music.  Simply put, “vernacular poetry over authentic South African Hip- Hop beats that are driven by traditional elements.” 

 

Besides being effortlessly smooth with his lyrics, K.O is one of the very few artists that  I wouldn’t care as much to listen to, because I wouldn’t understand what he would be going on and on about (considering he often raps in his native language).  And yet still, I find myself straining to get his flow.  They say that music is a universal language, but it takes an exceptionally talented artist to wow a foreign audience.

 

 

King Kaka

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King Kaka (Image courtesy of bursarts.wordpress.com)

 

To be honest, when he first started out, I knew he was good but did not think he would last long in Kenya’s rap scene.

For me, King Kaka lacked that “umph” that made other top rappers in the country (at that point in time) successful.

He has however proven me wrong over and over again and I am glad he did. His poetic style fused with his being a great story teller more than anything else makes him the timeless rapper that would have me tirelessly listen to him all day, any day.

 

 

 

Muthoni Drummer Queen

MDQ sought to explore Hip Hop upon realization that she had a lot to say and this was the only genre she could use to express herself with as many words as possible, unlike with singing whose structure is limiting

 

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MDQ (Image courtesy of mx3.ch)

She is bold and embraces her art fully for what it is- a platform to explore and discover. Creativity has a whole new meaning thanks to MDQ, who isn’t just about having great lyrical flow, but making sense with every dropped bar. Certainly a refreshing approach to a genre that was initially used purely reserved for entertainment, especially in Kenya.

Sarkodie

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Best International Act in the African category at the 2012 BET Awards,  Sarkodie has got to be one of the best all time rappers of Africa.

He often raps in his native language (which again would have me thinking I could be doing something more meaningful with my life other than trying to figure out what he could possibly be rapping about).

However, his commanding presence leaves me no choice than to stop whatever it is that I am doing and to pay attention. And here is the thing about Sarkodie,  I cannot count the number of times after listening to him I’ve thought “Darn! that was so good I have to listen to it again.”- that ladies and gentlemen is a powerful artist.

 

Joh Makini

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Joh Makini (Image courtesy of musiciansforafrica.com)

 

I can’t think of anyone’s lyrics that are as fresh and well thought like Joh Makini’s .

He unlike most modern day rappers does conscious music other than strive to be musically correct or sell hype, which constantly has him on my radar and looking forward to what he would have to offer next.

A Hip Hop pioneer that has remained true to what attracted people to his style of music, he doesn’t call himself a Swahili rap king for nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

Did your best African rappers make it to my list?

Vote or/and drop me a comment below and let me know.

Behind Uganda’s Creative Music Director- Hassan Bahemuka’s Camera

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Hassan Bahemuka  (right), (Image courtesy of Joni Musi)

Hassan Kintu Bahemuka  is a Ugandan Creative Music Video Director and an entrepreneur running Hasz Media. Not only is he the name behind top Ugandan Music Videos, but boasts of several nominations and awards including the prestigious MTV Africa and  Nigeria’s Soundcity Awards.  I got the rare chance of interviewing him (something he admittedly avoids, and this is how it all went down)

How did you get into music video directing?

It started during one of my Form 6 school breaks. I was editing footage  from my brother’s video library;  events and weddings to be specific. A friend realized my talent and had me join Uganda’s WBS TV. I worked at WBS for 5 years, making my way up to be the head of production, before calling it quits to go do my own thing. Video director Don Mugisha (Deddac) played an important role in my journey by providing mentor-ship.

From weddings and events to TV and then finally settling for music videos, why so?

Besides directing music videos being a passion, I love the creativity that it allows room for. Being a creative music video director also provides great exposure for one’s brand and is financially rewarding.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Being nominated for Nigeria’s Soundcity Awards for the best pop video in Africa Category for Toniks’ Nzewuwo. For a low budget video to be competing against videos that had a budget of up to 20 thousand US dollars and shot by Africa’s best video directors was and will remain to be such a memorable and humbling experience.

Sometime back, you were alleged to be wanted by cops for having conned an upcoming Ugandan artist. Tell us your side of the story..

An employee of mine under my company- Hasz Media had taken money from an artist without my knowledge. Once I found out, I tried to resolve the issue by talking to the artist in question, but things took a different turn. Because my employee had taken money under my company’s name, I had to take the heat for it. The issue was however finally resolved.

Which creative video directors do you look up to?

In Africa, Nigeria’s Sesan, while internationally, I look up to Canadian Music Video Director, Director X  .I am always watching out for their work.

What challenges do you face as a video director?

Budgeting. Every artist has a different budget for their music videos, depending on their individual financial ability. I however have to deliver and to ensure quality and consistency in the standard of my work, irrespective of an artist’s budget.

If you weren’t in the entertainment business, what would you be doing?

Farming,  which is something that I actually do on the side. I own a 14 acre piece of land that I use purely for farming.

Final words for any aspiring video director out there?

Work on building your brand and don’t be fooled by the hype.

 

Check out the latest video that Hassan has worked on;

 

You can also check out other music videos directed by Hassan on his YouTube Channel,

https://www.youtube.com/user/Haszmedia/featured

 

 

 

3 African artists to watch out for in 2017

Happy New Year!

I know! I know! 18 days late but have you heard of Holiday Blues?…as real as hell people. Anyway, I am back now, more energized than ever and ready to get this wheel rolling.

So how about we talk about the 3 artists that you should look out for in the year 2017?

3. Sheebah Karungi

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Sheebah Karungi (Image courtesy of chimpreports.com)

If there’s an artist I know that invested in having as much content out there as possible in 2016, it had to be Sheebah. I might not have liked everything she put out, but it was clear that she had one goal; to ensure that her audience doesn’t forget about her. And now having conquered Uganda, I am hoping that this would be the year where Sheebah starts broadening her horizons because the rest of Africa is certainly ready for her.

2. Patty Monroe

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Patty Monroe (Image courtesy of girlzwiki.com)

Patty Monroe has redefined Hip Hop Music, reminding us of the importance of personalized style that has now become almost rare, in Africa’s Music Scene. For this particular reason, you should watch out for her this year as she builds a timeless brand that will keep you interested for the long haul.

1. Nyashinski

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Nyashinski (Image courtesy of kiss100.com)

You only leave the music scene for about eight years and comeback with an unimaginable bang  if you are Nyash. And just like wine, as he ages (musically speaking), he only gets better. There is noted growth in his sound, song writing skills and creativity and if he keeps it up, he might just overthrow the reigning kings (or has he done that already)?

Which other artists do you think we should look out for in 2017?

 

 

Top 15 African Songs of 2016

Hey guys,

Hope you are enjoying your holidays as much as I am. Just 2 more days before we say good bye to 2016 and I would like to share my list of what I thought were the  15 most amazing African tunes of 2016.

15. Pana-Tekno

Let’s just agree on the fact that 2016 has been a great year for Tekno and that he would be among the list of African artists to watch out for in 2017. Something about multi- talented artists that can play an instrument, produce music, sing and dance. Their understanding of different aspects of music makes them such a tough lot to beat, which is probably why Tekno made it to my list.

 

14. Jux- Wivu

 

Ok, so it might be the beautiful Tanzanian Swahili, Jux‘s voice or simply the mere fact that I love love. Either way, this was a smash hit and one that surely took Jux’s career to a whole new level.

13. Dance for me- Eugy Ft. Mr. Eazi

I couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to fuse the Shoki, Alkayida and Dab dance routines- pure genius I tell you, pure genius. (Which reminds me, I’ve been planning to do a dance video of this song since the first time I heard it. Not sure why I haven’t done it yet but I will most definitely do it then post it on IG, so watch out for that) @FelistaEsolio is my handle 😉

12. Kucheza-Mafikizolo

Written by Vannesa Mdee, Kly and The duo, I haven’t heard or seen a better and more creative piece of work than this. Now let’s do this right, grab your dancing shoes and move along to the beat.

11. Gudi Gudi- Everlast Ft. Naiboi and Kristoff

It was recognized as the Break through video of the year during this year’s Pulse Music Video Awards and I couldn’t agree more. This is one of those songs that will have you smiling at the corny lyrics while at the same time dancing along to the feel good beats….two words- CLUB BANGER!

10. Bank Alert- PSquare

They might have had some misunderstanding that had us convinced that we were done hearing from them but the PSquare brothers surely do know how to pull themselves together and get back to their grind like they never left. It’s a beautiful African beat that tells such a beautiful story- you have to love it.

9. Afrika- Yemi Alade ft. Sauti Sol

Best believe that when Mama Africa and Sauti Sol come together, it is nothing short of AMAZING. I mean, we already established that on Coke Studio Africa Season 3 but dang! this was on another level. The fact that it celebrates the African Continent and all that makes it so beautiful, I had to have it on my list.

8. Bad- Tiwa Savage Ft. Wizkid

 

I said it before, I will say it again, this song got me feeling so “BAD” Plus, its a perfect collaboration between music geniuses, yooh! I have no idea how Tiwa Savage will be able to top this one up.

7. Nkwatako- Sheebah Karungi

I have always loved Sheebah Karungi, but this right here sealed my love and commitment to her music. And with the song’s sick beats, even I who can’t dance to save my own life would be forced to hit the dance floor at the risk of embarrassing myself among thousands of onlookers.

6. Biko- Lola Rae Ft. Davido

If you belong to the group of people that have accused Lola Rae of using auto- tune on her songs, you should listen to one of her interviews– I promise, this girl has a natural sweet soft spoken voice. That said, with or without auto- tune, I love this song to bits.

5. No kissing- Patoranking Ft. Sarkodie

Just when you thought you heard all that was to be offered by Patoranking, he hits again. And name an artist that makes Hip Hop sound as good as Sarkodie……Still thinking? Well……..that’s because there is NONE. This rare DancehallHip Hop fuse is one that will go down in history’s books.

4. Mungu Pekee- Nyashinski

You know you are pure talent when you only have a lyric video and yet attract over 900, 000 views. (Some artists have to release an official video and wait for weeks or even months before it gets half a million views). I am so glad that Nyash is back and with the undeniable growth in his craft, I can’t wait to hear more of what he has to offer. (If you haven’t watched Yemi Alade’s cover of this song, do yourself a favor and thank me later)

3. Nishike- Christian Bella

Christian Bella is truly God’s gift to African music..His is a such a distinct sound that carefully combines Lingala and Bongo Music- truth is, you haven’t listened to beautiful music if you haven’t listened to Bella.

2. Muziki- Darassa Ft. Ben Pol

I can’t help but hear Darassa’s voice in my head telling me to “Wacha maneno weka muziki” (Quit talking and turn on the music) as I think about a description for this song. For that reason, I will send you to my IG- go check out my lip syncing of this song and let’s just let the music speak for itself.

1. Salome- Diamond Platnumz ft. Rayvanny

My number one tune for 2016 had to be Salome…who else would have “brought back to life” the legendary Saida Karoli in such an honorable manner? I will say this once and you can quote me five years from now, Diamond is a  music legend in the making.

Did any of your top songs for 2016 make it to my list? Do you think that there are other songs that should have been on my list?

Do let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 African songs that were written for other artists

Have you ever listened to a particular artist’s song and thought that they have such amazing talent but would do much better if they had someone else write their songs for them?..Well, so have I. Truth is, there are two types of artists; those who sing like a bird and those that write exceptionally well- rarely does one get both combined. While the concept of artists writing for others artists is common abroad, with the likes of Ne- YoSia, Pharrel Williams and Gaga being among A-List song writers that have penned down some of the most iconic songs in the world’s history, only a handful of African artists have embraced the idea.So here we go, the very few bold enough artists from the continent that have maximized on other artist’s strength and then combined that with their own, to have a masterpiece.

Mwema & Nikupendeze- Written by Mr. Vee, Performed by Mercy Masika

I have to admit that Mr. Vee is one of the best writers that I know; thanks to  his precise composition with lyrics that are clearly well thought through. A song writer with impact, it is easy to tell that Mr. Vee does not just strive to sound “musically correct” or have a hit,  but have his audience reflect on certain issues, long after listening to his compositions, which rarely happens with today’s modern day artists.

 

Yule dem- Written by Amileena, Performed by Avril

For a song that celebrates the woman and having to think about Avril‘s mark in the music world, her acting skills, role in the world of beauty, she would definitely have anyone believing in the shift in the modern woman’s place in society, showing strength in character and undisputed courage.

Kucheza- Written by Vanessa Mdee, Kly and  The Duo, Perfomed by Mafikizolo

The only song on my list that has been written by more than one artist and yet still, none of which performed this song. Written by Vanessa Mdee, Kly and the Duo, this is as VMoney’s prediction, a SMASH HIT!!! (that had me feeling some typa way and hoping for more collaborations like this around the continent.)

 

Which other songs do you know that have been written for other African artists?…..Do let me know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest African Jams, 2016

Hey There!

Just before we say good bye to November and hello to December aka the festive season (you have no idea how excited I am for that), I thought I could get you up to speed with the latest African Jams. Because if I don’t, who will?….Without further ado, here is the list.

P.S: The list is too long for me to give my opinion about each of the songs.So how about you check them out then let me know via the comments section or my social media pages which songs you are feeling and which ones you ain’t.Sounds good?…Here we go..

Micasa Sucasa- Khaligraph Jones Ft. Cashy

If you follow my blog you know that I am not a Hip Hop head. But I do know when I listen to good music and this one, is one of those.

 

Omutima- AllanToniks

 

U don’t know- Justine Skye Ft. Wizkid

 

Masheesha-  H_Art The  Band Ft Bensoul

 

Coolest Kid in Africa- Davido Ft. Nasty C

 

Usiende- Gilad & Wendy

 

Muziki- Darassa Ft. Ben Pol

This has got to be one of the illest beats dropped in 2016, and rightfully so. Besides the song being produced by  not one but 3 top Tanzanian producers, ask any girl, Darassa’s voice is the isht!- all day, everyday.

Kcee Ft. Tekno- Tender

 

Vivian Ft. Jose Chameleon- Charm

 

Rich Mavoko Ft. Diamond Platnumz- Kokoro

 

Biko- Lola Rae Ft. Davido

Have you read the YouTube comments on this video?….. So Lola Rae is accused of over using auto tune. However, if you have listened to this girl’s voice as she talks, then you know that she does have a naturally auto- tuned voice (seriously).  Now allow me to love this song in peace…

Love You- Elani

 

Dume Suruali- MwanaFA Ft. Vanessa Mdee

 

It’s about time we had a phenomenal collaboration like this, (Keep ’em coming Vanessa, keep ’em coming). But for real though, are there girls who insult men right on the face because they are financially challenged?……..Lol! Whatever happened to good old love?..I however have to admit that  MwanaFA’s  clap- back got me good…(Nihonge na nunua nini, kwanini yaani, kuna kipi nisicho kijua, ina TV ndani?)…Jamani! I will leave it here.

For my non-Swahili speaking audience; (Why would I bribe, what am I buying and why would I, is there anything that I don’t know? Does it have a TV set inside)….(Ok, I’mma need you to hit up my social media pages for a full translation of what the song means)

Do like that- Korede Bello

 

Feel Good- Navy Kenzo Ft. Wilad

 

Upon Me- Kiss Daniel Ft. Sugarboy

 

Sowemo- Di’ja

 

Also, stalk me on Snap- gram. If I am lip syncing any of these songs, then you know it’s a HIT!

Throw back African Songs that you must listen to

Allow me the honors of taking you down memory lane as we reminisce on the good old days of some of the best throwback African tunes that ever existed.

10. Michael Ross- Yooyo

If there’s a song that was beautifully put together with much thought but effortless excellence, it has to be this one. I have to admit people, I was sprung at the first listen.

9. African Queen

So this is why I respect 2Face (Now Tubaba). At a time when white skinny women were viewed as the epitome of beauty, he changed the conversation, shifting focus to the African woman and the world took notice.

8. Obsessions- Jangu

So this is the main reason that I just did not like these girls; perfect waist lines and amazing moves that only they could pull, making the rest of us look bad. All these then they decided to break up…(rolls eyes) why????

7. Bushoke ft. K-lynn- Nalia Kwa Furaha

I’m still trying to find myself the kind of love talked about on this particular jam…(if at all it exists)…..even the real Gs that I knew back then melted down on this one.

6. Ndihamba Nawe- Mafikizolo

Truth be told, I did not like this song when I first heard it. (Enough of that look- I was young and stupid.) Flash forward 2016 and this has got to be one of the most amazing songs I have listened to in my life. From the melody to the rhythm, I definitely see myself walking down the isle to this song…(well,I might need to find out what it means first before rushing to add it to my wedding playlist….help anyone?)

5. Kweli- Waridi Ft. K- Rupt

Someone explain what happened to Waridi? How do you have such an amazing song then just up and leave for good? Not cool dude, not cool!

4. Maria Salome- Saida Karoli

I am not really sure why Saida Karoli was laughing so hard at the beginning of this song, but I do know that this was a massive tune. And if you have listened to Diamond‘s rendition, then you probably appreciate this song even more- one word; BOMB!

3. . Magic system- 1er Gou

 

I do not understand a single word, but it sounds good and makes me so proud to be African. Plus, this is one of those songs I think I would bond with my dad over…you feel me?

2. Moss Moss- E- Sir Ft. Brenda

What’s a throw back playlist without E-Sir, right? (God bless his soul). He might be gone, but he remains to be one of the greatest African artists to have lived.

  1. Vulindlela- Brenda Fassie

 

Am I the only one thinking that after Diamond’s rendition of Maria Salome, someone ought to do a rendition of Vulindlela? And not just anyone…I’m thinking along the lines of  Yemmi, Wizkid or Sauti Sol…..get my drift? (people that are musical legends in the making, (just incase we are yet to be on the same page)). Now stop whatever it is that you are doing if you haven’t listened to this jam, get onto it and thank me later.

Any other song you think deserves to be on this throwback list?

Do let me know.