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REMMY ONGALA TRIBUTE BAND

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

The remaining surviving members of Orchestra Super Matimila Band with Remmy’s youngest son (Thomas Ongala) on vocals will come together to play an collection of Ongala’s greatest hits to recreate some of the magic.

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SITI & THE BAND

ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

Coming from a cultural heritage and having mastered traditional instruments, Siti & The Band use their creativity, talent and education to fuse their roots of Taarab music with their personal influence they are exposed to on the Zanzibar island. With unique instrumentation – including Violin, Qanun & Oud – Siti & the Band is carrying the torch of classic Zanzibari music by giving new life to this old established sound.

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MANDELA AMBASA

NAIROBI, KENYA

Mandela, is renowned for his unique and powerful voice, the message in his music, and his high-energy performances. At its core, Mandela’s music can be described as real African fusion. A blend of traditional East African rhythms alongside Benga, fused with Afro beat, Jazz and a dash of Reggae, Mandela’s unique sounds and lyrics are not only magical and engaging but also emotional, addictive and truth hitting.

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HOKORORO

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Samuel Hokororo, is the multi-talented singer, songwriter and dancer behind the ‘Hoko Roro’ Band. He received training in theater, music and dance at the Dogodogo center and furthered his study in music at Music Mayday in Tanzania. Hokororo is currently a much sought after, gifted musician who brings energy and unadulterated joy to his performances whether performing solo on the many instruments he has mastered, or with his band.

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SWAHILI ALLY

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Swahili Ally fuses his vibrant performance of Digo music with the dazzling sound of the Kora. He uses the West African instrument to pronounce his Digo heritage in a unique style. His powerful message, delivered though his strong and enchanting voice, delivers a memorable and exciting performance.

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MSAFIRI ZAWOSE

BAGAMOYO, TANZANIA

Msafiri Zawose is one among the prominent contemporary Gogo musicians. His name is associated with his traditional Gogo style music, which relies heavily on the Zeze and Ilimba in combination with distinct lyrical harmonies.

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PAPILLON

NAIROBI, KENYA

Papillon is a versatile singer, songwriter and performing artist that bases his music on 3 generations of self-crafted African harps with an infusion of percussive sounds of African drums and the Indian Tabla to form an amazing blend, voiced in a variety of languages from across Africa

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KING KIKI

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

King Kiki, born in Congo, is now a naturalized Tanzanian artist who has over 56-years’ experience in the live music industry and is still going strong. His talent gained recognition when he was in school and this launched his official journey into the world of music at the young age of 15-years. He chose to put his full energy into music and has been part of bands from Congo to Tanzania, from 1962 to date. His most popular music styles were in the late 70’s, which were ‘Kamanyola bila jasho’ and ‘Masantula Ngoma ya Mpwita Ngoma ya Mababu’.

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SHIFAH MUSISI

KAMPALA, UGANDA

Shifah is a singer, songwriter and fashion designer. She was inspired to start singing at a young age after falling in love with artists like Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sade. Her music is inspired by real life experiences and the environment around her. She has sang songs on themes like love, pain, family and our African roots. She is a powerful stage performer and her guitar playing skills and stage energy always leave her fans wanting more.

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SIKIINDE

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Formerly known as DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra, Sikinde is perhaps the oldest orchestra who still have most their founding members in their group performing classic Tanzanian rumba. Although the group was first formed in 1978, they embody the sound of independence, which took place in Tanzania in 1961, since the founding members came from the pre independence groups Dar es Salaam Jazz Band and the workers union band JUWATA Band.

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ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS PRESENTS ZIK ZAK

COLOGNE, GERMANY

ZIK ZAK is the new album project and East Africa tour by German production duo Ancient Astronauts. It lays focus on fresh African Hip Hop and Reggae artists in order to let their voices and messages shine internationally. All artists describe their personal ZIK ZAK walk through life, a life full of ups and downs, personal tragedies and strong interaction of power and suppression. The selected artists all follow a deep inner determination to change their environment through positive music and messages. This is music with a big portion of soul and hope. It´s ZIK ZAK.

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CAROLA KINASHA

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

A song writer, singer and a performer of popular afro-centric compositions in which messages comprising of traditional Pan-Africanism and righteous activism are perpetuated to the masses. A vocal campaigner of human right and artists rights; she implemented her activism through her band and has collaborated with many musicians who seek to preserve the sound of Tanzania. To date, she advocates for music and art education to be brought back in all schools, and would like to see Tanzania’s traditional instruments played more on the International music platforms

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ASHIMBA

BAGAMOYO, TANZANIA

His style is a combination of East African music, with elements of Afro pop and acoustic music. In addition to Swahili, Ashimba sings and writes in various tribal languages. His vast offering in his songs comes from the knowledge learnt of the culture and different languages of Tanzania, from his extensive travels with his family. His lyrics talk about the country, its rich nature, everyday life and the importance of traditions, as well as the occasional friction that is created as the modern, globalised world rubs up against them. Joy and sorrow often walk hand in hand in his soulful songs.

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ZE SPIRITS BAND

BAGAMOYO, TANZANIA

A group of five, young, talented Tanzanian musicians from the Historical coastal town of Bagamoyo. All members of the band began performing traditional and contemporary dance and music together when they were as young as 7-years old. They learnt playing different musical instruments through close friends, and other people who were willing to share their experience with them. They borrowed instruments so as they can learn music. With such motivational and inspirational spirit in them, they formed Ze Spirits as a band playing Afro Fusion music, the style that blends traditional African sounds/songs with other contemporary rhythms.

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YVES KAMI

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI

He is a composer who has forged his Afro blues-jazz style inspired by the Burundian drums. He started playing guitar when he was 14 and has since then honed his talent through performing at music festivals, where his appearance on the stage has imprinted memorable traces in audiences. He has been named best composer for two of his songs and has also given music training to children. He is currently appointed Ambassador of the AAPI in Addis Ababa after representing Burundi in the fourth forum of the African Artists Peace Initiative supported by the African Union.

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AFROSIMBA

NAIROBI, KENYA

Their music comes is an Afro Roots Fusion of the music of 9 coastal tribes off the coast of Kenya, collectively called as Mijikenda. Their album “Pandizo” and the band’s original take on the genre will redefine and reintroduce Mijikenda music to the world at large.

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FADHILEE

NAIROBI, KENYA

Collaborates with other artists in an effort to produce innovative shows, share and put into practice his knowledge of the development of the Arts scene in Africa. His music is influenced by traditional music of the Luhya region and from the old style of guitar music played with the thumb and index on the right hand called ‘Omutibo’.

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WAMWIDUKA BAND

MBEYA, TANZANIA

The band plays the babatone, a homemade instrument that is very popular in Mbeya as well as Malawi. They also use the self-made four-string guitar, creating the traditional banjo sound. Their fresh and exciting blend of guitar music with Traditional songs and sounds, has them gain recognition fast. They periodically take their music to various public spaces and share with different audiences in Dar es Salaam.

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DBASS GANUN

ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

Mbwana Mtulia, better known by his stage name as Dbass Ganun is a talented Tanzanian Bassist and Qanun (Ganun) player. He performs solo, performs with his band and his style is afro fusion. He is an alumni of the Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) in Zanzibar.

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WAHAPAHAPA

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Wahapahapa means ‘originates from here’ in Swahili. They boldly take their distinct sound to the rest of the world and offer a taste of the richness of the language and the life experience of the Swahili people. Their music is a unique blend of homegrown music inspired by diverse Swahili traditions and influences of contemporary world music.

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HILLARY MORE

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Hillary’s music is one of its kind due to his style of using dishware, intuiting animals’ voices along with drums sounds by his mouth and cheeks. Hilary’s Music is further identified by his passion of performing with his tradition music instrument known as calabash whenever he is on stage.