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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.

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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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