Bongo music has come a long way. And with the evolution is the development of new sub-genres with artists incorporating different genres and styles to keep things fresh and their audiences entertained.
Whether you enjoy a more laid back serenade or a club banger, Tanzanian artists have been consistently delivering new music and the fans are impressed.
Here are three artists whose recent releases have been on repeat, and we think they are definitely worth a listen:
Vanessa Mdee ft Rayvanny – Bado
Former MTV VJ and now award-winning act Vanessa Mdee has teamed up with fellow Tanzanian Rayvanny for the track ‘Bado’. The release has a unique sound combining electro-pop with bongo beats for a truly unexpected sound, new to the East African audience. The twosome makes for a sexy mix, with their vocals blending harmoniously in the quick-paced release. This is the first collaboration between Mdee and the Wasafi Records signee Vanny Boy; however, fans are already praying that it will not be the last. The track has garnered 60K views on YouTube, just hours after its release.
Hamisa Mobetto ft Whozu – Sensema
From video vixen to an artist, Hamisa has maintained her momentum consistently improving her craft. But better songwriting, sound quality, and a better-suited match, Mobetto presents ‘Sensema’, with Tanzanian act Whozu. The track is fun and seductive with some relatable and catchy lyrics. Though it is quite obvious that Hamisa is still using autotune to make up for the inadequacies in her voice, the East African beauty has definitely put her best foot forward. The track has gone viral garnering 500K views less than a week after its release on YouTube.
Lava Lava – Habibi
Lava Lava has been growing from strength to strength, and it’s easy to see why. ‘Habibi’ is another success story for the Wasafi Records artist. The track is a love song from the accomplished vocalist, which sees him serenade the love of his life. As the song goes on, it is difficult to ignore Lava Lava’s talent. He’s voice is golden.
What Bongo tracks are you listening to right now?
October is a busy month, and for those who are already counting down the days to December, October is a great segway into the ultimate party month.
Here are a few afrobeat releases from Davido that are set to keep you rocking this October :
1. Chris Brown feat. Davido – Lower Body
Chris Brown and Davido have teamed up again for the second time, and it is pure magic. The duo released the audio for the track ‘Lower Body’ on the eve of October 3rd, 2019. Davido opens the track with a simple stanza that sets the rhythm for the track. With a gradual rise in tempo; Chris Brown does a great job in the background while Davido’s talent shines through. A surprising twist is Chris Brown’s Naija intonation.
2. Phyno feat Davido – Ride For You
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike also known to many as Phyno has dropped another banger. The Nigerian rapper teamed up with ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ crooner Davido for a great collaboration dubbed ‘Ride For You’. The track that was released on 25th September has received a lot of love online; surpassing 1 million views on YouTube. Fusing traditional afro-beats with a distinct guitar; the track is a great serenade for any woman interested in a man who will ‘ride for you.’
3. Fabulous, Jeremih, Davido – Choosy
It is a great trio. Fabulous, Jeremih, Davido’s make great music; fusing traditional hip hop, RnB and afrobeats. The sound is easy, and oozes sexiness. The threesome have released the collaboration on the first week of the month, making for a strategic move to rule the charts all month long. This is Davido’s second international collab coming within hours of each other, with the previous one with Chris Brown ‘Lower Body’ garnering more than 30K views on YouTube hours after its release.
Which of these three Davido collabos is your favorite?