Various Artists / Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap From Tanzania
Album: Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap From Tanzania   Collection:Hip-hop
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Jul 2006
Label:Out|Here Rec  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-07-16 Pull Date: 2006-09-17 Charts: Hip-Hop, Reggae/World
Week Ending: Sep 3 Aug 27 Aug 20 Aug 13 Aug 6 Jul 30 Jul 23
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1 4 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 21, 2013: Happy Hour (Coverin' for PACC)
4. Jan 03, 2008: RipRidah Radio Early Alist
Maji Ya Shingo (Rmx)
2. Aug 15, 2011: Happy Hour (Coverin' for PACC)
5. Aug 14, 2007: Lost and Found
Maji Ya Shingo (Rmx)
3. Dec 04, 2010: New World Disorder
Umoja Wa Tanzania
6. Jan 16, 2007: Happy Hour

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2006-07-10
Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap from Tanzania (Out|Here Rec)
Reviewed by Sadie O., 7/10/06
Rap from Tanzania in Swahili (duh!) – tends to be a bit chill, also more conscious in terms of subject and lyrics than most American popular hip hop, not that non-Swahili speakers would be able to tell. Should be of interest to both hip hop and world aficionados, even has a reggae number. Liner notes are interesting but hard to read – the individual song/artist notes are cool, though.
No FCCs, although I heard something in Swahili that sounded like an FCC in English.
I like 9 best, but many tracks are way cool
1. *starts with falsetto vocals and acoustic guitar, then somewhat downbeat hip hop group with strings, about hopeful future for Tanzania.
2. **Midtempo, sounds like play instruments, interesting combination of voices.
3. **Swingy midtempo beat, sweet male solo and chorus rap and female singing – about how anyone can get AIDS.
4. ***Midtempo, cool beat and strong rap from Tanzania’s premier solo rap artist, about political promises.
5. ***midtempo, what passes in Tanzania for Gangsta rap, just without the violence. Deep vocals, sparse instrumentation but lots of energy. Sounds a bit like Reggaeton!
6. **midtempo, cool beat and vocals, female singing adds a nice touch.
7. ***crazy riddim, “cartoon rap” about money not being as important as love and freedom.
8. **Slightly uptempo, melodic rap, sweet. Lots of sycopation, also lots of electronica.
9. ****Uptempo bouncy reggae riddim, about the hard life of a parentless child.
10. ***midtempo, cool riddim and smooth vocals by what sounds like the spiritual KRS-One of Bongo Flava, about MC mindfulness.
11. **downbeat melodic rap about life of an orphan.
12. **midtempo tough rap by one of the few female rappers in Tanzania.
13. **A bit laid back and downtempo, jazzy number about Maasai pride (Mr. Ebbo wears Maasai dress on stage.)
14. ***downtempo, combining Maasai dance vocalizations with rap.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Juma Nature Ft. Professor Jay Umoja Wa Tanzania
2. Wagosi Wa Kaya Ft. The First Mack Wauguzi
3. Mwana Fa Ft. Lady Jd Alikufa Kwa Ngoma
4. Professor Jay Ft. Juma Nature & Muny Zali La Mentali
5. Lwp Majitu Usinichanganye Mi
6. Gk Ft. Lady Jd & Eastcoastteam Ama Zangu Ama Zao
7. Gangwe Mobb Asali Wa Moyo
8. Daz Baba Ft. Mangwair Wife
9. Daz Nundaz Maji Ya Shingo (Rmx)
10. Afande Sele Ft. Solo Thang & Professor Jay Mtazamo
11. K-Sal Ft. Feruzi Mkiwa
12. Sista P. Anakuja
13. Mr. Ebbo Mi Mmasai (Rmx)
14. X-Plastaz Dunia Dudumizi