Scene from Rayvanny and S2kizzy's "Pochi Nene."

7 Bongo-Trap Songs You Need to Hear Right Now

Don't sleep on Tanzania's burgeoning hip-hop and trap scene.

Even though Tanzania is renowned for its popular bongo flava music, let's not overlook all incredible hip-hop and trap releases that have been rocking the airwaves lately.

In no particular order, here are some of the waviest cuts of bongo-trap that you'll ever hear, featuring the likes of Chin Bees, Rayvanny, Rosa Ree, S2kizzy, OMG Tanzania and more.

Rayvanny & S2kizzy "Pochi Nene"

Ravyanny is the Tanzanian sensation under Diamond Platnumz' Wasafi imprint known for hit records like "Makulusa" and "Kwetu." He shows off his versatility with a new afro-trap rendition called "Pochi Nene" which features rapper and super-producer S2kizzy. The song translates to "deep pockets" and it's already on everyone's lips.

Chin Bees "Kababaye"

The self-proclaimed king of bongo trap himself, Chin Bees, is proving to be one of Tanzania's most gifted hip-hop stars. When he dropped the catchy self-boasting single "Kababaaye" in 2017 it quickly became the biggest trap anthem in the region. With a string of impressive tracks from his latest Ladha album, this flexible rapper is clearly curving out his own lane in the East African scene.

Moni Centrozone ft. Country Boy "Mwaaah"

"Mwaah" is the infectious trap single by Tanzanian rap stars Moni Centrozone and Country Boy. Produced by S2kizzy, this song showcases the flashy hip-hop and trap culture brewing in the streets of Dar Es Salaam.

Rosa Ree "Dow"

This article would not be valid if it did not include the self-styled "Goddess of Rap," Rosa Ree. The rising star's infectious 2017 track "Dow" easily positioned her as one of the finest bongo-trap artists in the region right now.

OMG Tanzania "Wanangu Na Wanao" feat. Rosa Ree

OMG is a Tanzanian hip-hop group consisting of three rappers, Salmin Swaggz, Con Boi and Young Lunya. The fiery trio is talented at blending western hip-hop influences with the local bongo flava sound. Featuring Rosa Ree, their latest banger "Wanangu Na Wanao" is a wonderful display of young bongo-trap brilliance.

Brian Simba "Stimu"

Signed to Vanessa Mdee's label Mdee Music, Brian Simba is one of Tanzania's most promising rap acts. The young rapper is known for his unmatchable flow and easy-going swagger. There's much more to anticipate from him in 2018 but for now let his newest single "Stimu" get you and your friends in a turn-up mood. "Stimu" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.

Nikki Wa Pili ft. Joh Makini & S2kizzy "Hesabu"

S2kizzy contributions to Tanzania's hip-hop culture are so apparent right now. He appears once again in "Hesabu," a massive collaboration with heavyweights Nikki Wa Pili and Joh Makini. The chorus carries more indigenous melodies but the beat bangs just as hard.


Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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Malians Heading to Voting Polls Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

The Malian government has announced that the parliamentary election scheduled to take place this weekend will continue.

Malians are set to head to the voting polls this coming Sunday in spite of the coronavirus outbreak and a raging jihadist conflict.

AFP reports that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced that the parliamentary election would continue "in scrupulous respect of protective measures."

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