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14 Bongo Flava Classics You Need In Your Life

Relive some classics from the "golden era" of Tanzania's Bongo Flava, which gained massive popularity across East Africa.

Today, Bongo Flava is the most popular style of music amongst the youth in Tanzania. It's also gained massive popularity in the rest of East Africa.


Since then, artists like Diamond Platnumz, Ali Kiba and Vanessa Mdee have since given Tanzanian music a wider international appeal, but East Africans may remember a "golden period" of urban music when Tanzania's Bongo Flava had taken over the airwaves.

From the radio and television, to the clubs, bars, minibuses and at every street corner, you couldn't escape this music. And why would you even want to?

The name "Bongo Flava" comes from "ubongo," the Swahili word for brains (which implies intelligence). Bongo is also a common nickname used to refer to Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.

This unique style of Tanzanian hip-hop and R&B originated from the streets of Dar es Salaam. That's why its name translates to "the flavour from Dar es Salaam."

Let's take you back to the 2000s, where the likes of T.I.D, Matonya, Lady Jay Dee, Mr. Blue, Marlaw, Dully Sykes, Ray C, AY, and even a young Ali Kiba were revolutionizing the scene with every hit song they released. This era of bongo music blessed Swahili speakers with timeless music that we can jam to for many years to come.

Here's a list of some Bongo Flava classics that will take you back to a simpler time, and maybe even stir up some blissful memories.

T.I.D "Siamini"

Ray C "Umenikataa"

Jay Moe ft. Ngwair "Kimya Kimya"

Mwana FA ft. A Y "Habari Ndiyo Hiyo"

Mr Blue "Mapozi"

Berry Black & Berry White ft. Shirko "Na Wewe Tu"

Z.Anto "Binti Kiziwi"

Mr Nice "Kidali Po"

Ali Kiba "Nakshi Mrembo"

Marlaw "Bembeleza"

Lady Jay Dee "Siku Hazigandi"

Tmk Wanaume "Dar Mpaka Moro"

Bushoke ft. K-Lynn "Nalia Kwa Furaha"

Matonya ft. Lady Jay Dee "Anita"

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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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