Maisha Lounge Vol. 1 is the first release in a new series of albums with Swahili lounge music released by Maisha Music. The album is a mix of chilled out electronic beats and synths blended with traditional Tanzanian instruments such as Ngoma, Chalimba, Zeze and Marimba. Maisha Lounge Vol. 1 features well-known Tanzanian artist from very different Tanzanian music styles, such as Bongo Flava, Reggae, Hip Hop, Taraab and traditional music.
With Maisha Lounge Vol. 1, Maisha Music is taking Tanzanian music into a new direction. At the moment it seems that the options in popular Tanzanian music are either Bongo Flava, modern taarab or music with a strong Congolese influence. In other words Tanzanian music options are not as diverse as they could be, especially in a big city as Dar es Salaam. We have therefore decided to produce Maisha Lounge Vol. 1 to illustrate the global connection of Tanzanian music. We simply take the best of different cultural and musical backgrounds and combine them into a new appealing sound. Maisha Music believes this is the first lounge album ever produced in Tanzania featuring Tanzanian artists and musicians…
The artists featuring on Maisha Lounge Vol. 1 are:
In general lounge music is not being played live very often, but with Maisha Lounge Vol. 1 we are taking this music style a step further to also implement a live set up. At these live performances we will mix electronic beats and effects, traditional Tanzanian instruments and some of the best vocalists in the country. If you think this live set up would fit to your festival or venue, please don’t hesitate to contact Maisha Music for any inquiries or questions.
Maisha Lounge Vol. 1 was released in Tanzania the 22nd of October 2010.