Best bongo Flava artists who should be in your playlist
Diamond is one of the best award-winning artists from East Africa. He is known for popularizing the bongo Flava genre of music, with his debut album “Lala Salama’, released in 2012. He hasn’t looked back since. He released his star-studded second album ‘A Boy from Tandale’ in 2018, which cemented his place as Africa’s biggest music star, blending his native bongo Flava with West Africa’s Afropop, R&B and Dancehall among other genres. Currently, Platnumz is living the dream, belting out infectious chart-topping singles and bouncy club bangers.
Harmonize rose to fame with his hit song ‘Kwa Ngwaru’ featuring Diamond Platnumz. He was discovered by Diamond and signed under Diamond’s own label WCB Wasafi. He has since gone on to give other pan African hits like ‘Fire Waist’ with Skales and ‘911’ with Yemi Alade and Keizbeatz. Currently, he is among the biggest musical acts in East Africa and a legend in the making. He also made his debut in Coke Studio Africa 2019 with Ugandan music queen Sheebah which was produced by Nigeria’s leading lights GospelOnDeBeatz.
Ali Kiba is arguably one of Tanzania’s biggest recording artists, songwriters, producers, actors, and models. He is a winner of numerous awards and has collaborated with some of the biggest international acts. His first breakthrough album was ‘Cinderella’, released in 2007, followed by ‘AliKiba 4 Real’ which dominated the airplay. Ali Kiba is also known as the King of Bongo Flava in various parts of the African continent. He is one who should certainly be on your Bongo Flava playlist.
Vanessa started her career by becoming the first-ever Tanzanian MTV VJ. She is now known as a popular singer, songwriter, TV personality and radio host. Her first solo single ‘Closer’ created a buzz by getting 30,000 downloads in the first week itself and remained on the charts for 13 weeks. It announced the arrival of Vanessa Mdee as a talented artist and won her numerous awards. Today she has established herself as a successful artist, known for songs like ‘Never Ever’, ‘Nobody But Me’, ‘Niroge’ and several more.
Darassa is an award-winning Tanzanian rapper known for hits like Yumba and Muziiki amongst many others. He has collaborated with such artists as Jux, Harmonize andBen Pol. His latest song ‘I like it’ is a collaboration with Sho Madjozi and the music video is currently a hot favorite among the fans of both the artists. Darassa is known for bringing a poetic style into his music which imparts a unique flavor to his music. He is one of the artists to watch out for in the coming years.
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