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Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap From Tanzania [Box set, Single, Original recording remastered]

Niwe wewe milele & Mpenzi wangu , R.C Rehema Chamila videos and C D Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Umoja wa TanzaniaJuma Nature 5:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. WauguziWagosi wa Kaya 6:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Alikufa kwa ngomaMwana FA 4:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Zali lamentaliProf. Jay 6:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Usinichanganye miLWP Majitu 4:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ama zangu ama zaoGK 4:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Asali wa MoyoGangwe Mobb 4:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. WifeDaz Baba 4:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Maji ya shingoDaz Nundaz 5:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. MtazamoAfande Sele 4:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. MkiwaK-Sal 5:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. AnakujaSista P. 3:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mi MmasaiMr. Ebbo 5:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Dunia dudumiziX Plastaz 4:28$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Single, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Ray C. Rehema Chamila Video and C D.
  • ASIN: B0006FX8GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap from Tanzania is a 70- minute ride through the streets of Dar es Salaam. It's a look at what youth in present urban East Africa think and dream about. Bongo Flava is the name of a certain type of hip-hop-influenced music which -- unnoticed by the rest of the world -- has become the best selling pop music in East Africa today. It's a music of the post-socialism era channeled by a wave of new private radio stations. The name "bongo flava" comes from the Kiswahili word for brains: ubongo. Bongo is the nickname of Dar es Salaam, and means that you need brains to survive there. Tanzanian youth started rapping in the 1980s fascinated by U.S. hip-hop. They soon developed their own way of doing it and today the music has become a style characterized by the use of local melodies, beats, topics and their own language, Kiswahili. This compilation presents the hits by some of the most important Bongo Flava artists.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Absolutely love this CD, reminds me of my high school years growing up in TZ just a few years ago, and Juma Nature and friends rhyme about everything from life, love, liberty, politics and just about anything else relevant. Mind you, it's in Kiswahili, but I still think anyone can appreciate the sounds of this album.

True talent, good sound... a great mix for anyone who loves rap/hip-hop and African music... this is a smooth, smooth album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiswahili rap on African themes (no hos and guns) January 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I am an Anglo whitey who has a fairly large selection of African music from the "Dark Continent" ranging through the classics/newer ones from Senegal and Mali through to township music from South Africa and also rai from Algeria (and maybe only one compilation disc of Tanzanian music). When I saw this disc as new in a market in Sydney for $15 or so I decided to take a chance on it as being something different. Now if you are used to hearing music sung in an African or other foreign tongue the fact that it is sung in Kiswahili hopefully will not bother you (I do not speak or have any knowledge of Swahili so in that sense the lyrics or content of this disc is "all Greek" to me so to speak, other than what the sufficiently detailed liner notes tell you). If the particular song is a rap about the price of bread, which I understand one of them to be, we just have to take their word for it! In a way I find the fact that they are singing in a language that you completely do not understand is in a way an advantage. You can simply focus on the rolling rhythm of the language and the music and this is why I find this such an interesting disc. There is nothing to distract from that. The basic thematic concerns of the disk are refreshingly therefore not about guns, drugs, money and ho's, unlike a lot of the hackneyed rap coming out of the US, which is basically nothing other than production line pop music with a predictable beat. The chosen songs are also not predictably the same in rhythmic content as a lot of that material is.

While in Kenya a few years ago I also bought a couple of burnt compilation discs which essentially gathered up some Swahili pop/rock/classics in a similar fashion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff March 14, 2013
By Nama
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Very good CD, I highly recommed to anyone who enjoy good homesome music from the future of our nation !
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