Tanzanian music is known for its Bongo Flava style. Do you know what Bongo Flava is about and how it influences this East African country’s musical heritage?
Bongo Flava is best described as Swahili hip-hop fusion.
The word ‘bongo’ means ‘brains’ in Swahili, referring to the need of being street smart in a city like Dar es Salaam in order to survive. ‘Bongo’ became a synonym for Dar es Salaam, but at present it can also refer to the entire country. ‘Flava’ is a Swahilisation of ‘flavour’, thus bongo flava is ‘the flavour of Tanzania’.
Bongo flava has evolved since its beginnings and encompassed many musical styles, such as zouk, reggae, afrobeat and hip-hop. Bongo flava is primarily associated with Tanzanian youth. At present, bongo flava is a genre on its own, it is seen as a different music than hip-hop.
Enjoy the below Tanzinian music artists’ videos and soundtrack:
- Ali Kiba, a candy zouk singer:
- Béatrice Nabisha, a Bongo Zouk singer (click on the link below):
- Diamond Platinumz, an afrobeat singer:
If you want to listen to more Bongo Flava music tracks, check out this forum discussion: