Sunday, June 30, 2013

THE KILIMANJARO BAND IN ACTION

Every Saturday from 10:30 pm The Kilimanjaro Band also known as Njenje gets on stage and performs non stop for six hours. Here are photos from  yesterdays  action.









Wednesday, June 19, 2013

LADY JD/MWANAFA CONCERTS WHAT'S THE LESSON ?

This article is intended for artists and other stake holders in the field. Personally I see a big glaring lesson, let me explain. Our music groups, especially the popular bands and Taarab groups, perform an average of 4 shows a week. What do they make? Peanuts......sometimes not even enough to pay for a decent transport for the artists to get home.These well arranged and well advertised shows earn the artists more money in a day than several months of tiring unprepared shows.

ART EXHIBITION AT GOETHE-INSTITUT BY LUTENGANO MWAKISOPILE

Lutengano Mwakisopile is one of the most committed contemporary artist in Tanzania. He is member and supporter of a number of national and international art organizations.
This time with the exhibition he will present his work in print which is a result of his unlimited creativity. Whether abstract or realistic his work expresses his viewon health, poverty, harvest season, festival enviroments, happy and tragic situations of life.

Karibu sana.

63 Alykhan Road, Upanga, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Open: 19th - 28th June 2013, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
extra: Thursdays: 9am to 10pm.

SAIDA KAROLI IS ALIVE AND WELL

RUMOURS THAT HIT THE SOCIAL MEDIA LAST NIGHT HAVE BEEN PROOVED TO BE LIES BY SAIDA KAROLI HERSELF.'I AM ALIVE AND WELL AND DO NOT HAVE PLANS TO DIE YET' THATS WHAT SHE SAID. AFTER BEING IN DAR ES SALAAM LAST WEEK SHE HEADED FOR MAKONGOROSI , CHUNYA WHERE SHE STILL IS UP TO THIS MORNING, HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM LAKE VICTORIA

THE GREAT SONGSTRESS SAIDA KAROLI FEARED DEAD

NEWS HAVE JUST HIT THE AIR THAT SAIDA KAROLI THE GREAT FEMALE SINGER WHO TOOK THE AIRWAVES OF EAST AFRICA BY STORM, WITH HER BEAUTIFUL VOICE IS NO MORE. NEWS FROM A RELIABLE AND RESPECTABLE BLOG   .MJENGWA BLOG , BROUGHT THIS SAD NEWS TO US. SAIDA'S BOAT IS SAID TO HAVE SANK IN THE LAKE VICTORIA WHILE TRAVELLING FROM GOZIBA ISLAND. ROUGH WEATHER IS SAID TO BE THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT. SEVERAL OTHER PEOLE ARE ALSO SAID TO HAVE DIED IN THE ACCIDENT. WE ARE AWAITING FOR CONFIRMATION OF THE NEWS OF THE TRAGEDY

Monday, June 17, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABU NJENJE, LADY JD, BI SHAKILA

June 15th is the birthday of three great musicians, Babu Njenje of Kilimanjaro Band, Bi Shakila the famous Taarab Singer and Lady JD the youngest singer of the three. Happy Belated Birthday to all of you.

Lady JayD

Babu Njenje with Bi Shakila on their birthday last year
A very interesting note here, Babu Njenje and Bi Shakila were born in the same street in Tanga, as Babu Njenje's mother had problems with her breast milk, Babu Njenje began feeding of Bi Shakila's mother, they have both turned out to be great singers.

FRIDAY 14TH TWO GREAT MUSIC SHOWS IN DAR

Evening of Friday 14th, was a memorable day for music enthusiasts in Dar es Salaam. Two great shows were line up together. What made the shows memorable was the heat generated by the fact that the shows were both postponed earlier due to the death of Albert Ngwear, the Hiphop artist and they had also by then generated heated debates on why had the organizers allowed the shows to be held on the same day at the same time. After the postponement again the two shows ended up being on the same day at the same time. Lady Jd celebrating 13 years in music had her show at her home ground Nyumbani Lounge, and Mwana FA putting up the show at Makumbusho ya Taifa Hall.
In every way both shows were a success, Mwana FA was performing in 400 seat hall, at 50,000/- per seat, which he reported was filled to capacity, Lady JD had  special sitting 50,000/- tickets, which were reported to have been sold out hours before the show, she also had 20,000/- tickets no report on the number of sales, but the place was packed to capacity.
Crowd at Nyumbani Lounge

Crowd at Makumbusho ya Taifa Hall

Thursday, June 13, 2013

ANOTHER TANZANIAN HIPHOP ARTIST DEAD


Another Tanzanian Hip hop artists Langa Kilewo has died this afternoon. Langa who came into limelight when he teamed up with another two other artists Witness and Shaa and formed the group Wakilisha. Their song Swanglish was a hit on its own merits. Later Langa came out in the open and stated that he had drug  addiction problems and was fighting the addiction. Two weeks ago Langa appeared in a popular show, Friday Night Live and introduced his  new video Rafiki wa kweli and went on to talk about his plans which included releasing two more videos in the preparation for an album launch later in the year. It will never be. Langa lost his life after a short illness this afternoon, malaria has been mentioned.
May the Good Lord Rest him in Peace.



Nafasi, a photo Exhibition by Refugees and Tanzanian children on Saturday 22 June 2013, at NAFASI ART SPACE

UNHCR and UNESCO presents at Nafasi, a photo Exhibition by Refugees and Tanzanian children on Saturday 22 June 2013. The event will start @4:30 with Chap Chap photo and photo puzzle (you can bring your own camera) and learn some basic tips on photography facilitated by professional photographers. At 6:30pm Live Music and dance performance from Lumumba Theatre, Makini, Umoja Flying carpet, Absent Present band, Allan Izai from Congo, Marx Gallo and The Captions.

SUGU ON SAME STAGE AS ANACONDA Nyumbani Lounge this Friday

its official : catch me live on stage ijumaa hii kwenye show ya miaka 13 ya lady jay dee kwenye game...be there or be no where...ni noma!!!

JUDITH WAMBURA aka Lady JD aka ANACONDA......DONT MISS THIS

Judith Wambura aka Lady JD now also known as Anaconda will be celebrating 13 years in music on 14th June, this Friday, at her place The Nyumbani Lounge very near the Best Bite, Namanga Area in Dar es Salaam. To top that JD will also be celebrating her birthday. Her latest hit Joto Hasira has been the talk of town for the past one month. Last week Lady Jd again out performed other ladies in music by receiving the Kilimanjaro Music Awards 2013' Top Female Artist Award. Its a show not to be missed.
 Listen to her song Yahaya released into the airwaves yesterday
Joseph Mbilinyi(MP) also known as SUGU has posted this on his facebook page...................
its official : catch me live on stage ijumaa hii kwenye show ya miaka 13 ya lady jay dee kwenye game...be there or be no where...ni noma!!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

QUEEN OF TAARAB KHADIJA KOPA LOOSES HER HUSBAND

The Queen of Taarab music Khadija Kopa has lost here husband who died last night after a short illness in Bagamoyo. Khadija used to mention her husband Jaffary Ally every time she was on stage, praising him for his love. Its sad, a few years ago she lost her only son Omar Kopa, who was a great Taarab singer.
May God lay Jaffary Ally in Eternal Peace 

MWAMBA NGOMA....THE VIDEO


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

ALBERT KENNETH MANGWEA--ORBITUARY


AT LONG LAST THE BODY OF THE TANZANIAN HIPHOP ARTIST ALBERT MANGWAIR HAS ARRIVED FROM  SOUTH AFRICA WHERE HE DIED SUDDENLY AFTER COMPLETING HIS SHOWS THERE.
Albert  Kenneth Mangwea was born in  Mbeya, on 16th November  1983, being the last born of his father who had 10 children, and the  6th born from his mother. Early during his childhood his family moved to Morogoro where he joined Bungo Primary School, the family later moved to Dodoma and he finished his primary education there at Mlimwa Primary School. He then joined secondary education and there met artists like Mez B, Noorah and others and began his initiation into Hiphop.

Albert moved to Dar es Salaam and met P Funk and in 2003, under P Funk's Bongo Records released a single  Ghetto Langu which put him in the map of Hiphop world. In 2004, Mangwea now better known as Mangwair released his first album AKA MIMI, which came to receive the best Hiphop Album of the year Awards from The Kilimanjaro Music Awards, one of the songs in this album Mikasi brought a lot of controversy with some of its lyrics, prompting the National Arts Council to come up with sharp critisism on the song. His second album, Nge was released in 2009, the album had a song CNN which got him another award from the Kilimanjaro Music Awards as the best Hiphop song of the year.
Today his body will be sent to Morogoro for burial after a farewell ceremony at the Leaders Club this morning.
MAY GOD PUT HIS SOUL IN ETERNAL REST