"Bongo Flava - Swahili rap from Tanzania" - V.A.

This compilation presents the hits by some of the most important Bongo Flava artists. Rappers like Juma Nature and Professor Jay are stars in Tanzania loved for their amusing way of tackling social problems and the fashion they sport.

Gangwe Mobb from poor Dar es Salaam quarter Temeke is known for creating at least one new slang word in each of their comic like cartoon rap songs.

Their neighbours, LWP Majitu, are popular for their hard hitting hardcore lyrics. Mr. Ebbo, a Maasai rapper, has become the most popular urban embassador of the Maasai giving them a hymn with his song „Mi Mmasai“ („I’m a Mmasai“).

Another Maasai hiphop group, X-Plastaz from Arusha, is the only Tanzanian rap crew known in Europe so far. They released an album at outhere records in august. Afande Sele’s song „Mtazamo“ was chosen to be the best Tanzanian rap song. In summer he was elected “mfalme wa rhymes” (king of rhymes) and won a brand new Toyota.

Wagosi wa Kaya who include local instruments, as Daz Nundaz do, are famous for their party on stage. Sista P. is the most popular among the very few female rappers, featured here with her hit „Anakuja“.

GK influenced by early Tanzanian crew Kwanza Unit does old school rap. His friend Mwanafalsafa (Kiswahili for „philosopher“) is featured here with an educational song about Aids.

Newcomer K-Sal went straight to the top of the charts with the very first song; something many dream of doing these days in Bongo.