The Tanzanian music scene is one of the fastest-growing music industries in Africa. Bongo flava, a collective name that defines Tanzanian music, has taken East Africa and the whole continent by storm. Veteran bongo artists are behind some of the most played songs last year while new musicians have started to embrace the art, even adding a new twist to it. Thanks to unprecedented investment and innovations, the industry is home to some of the biggest music stars in East Africa.
From songs about love to those that send you straight to the dancefloor, there were many good songs from Tanzania over the last year. Diamond and his Wasafi crew picked up from where they left last year and as expected, they amassed large numbers of viewership on streaming platforms like YouTube. The year also saw some popular bongo artists collaborating with international stars to release some hits that we won’t forget anytime soon.
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- 1 List of the best bongo flava songs in 2021
- 1.1 1. Inama –Diamond Platnumz ft. Fally Ipupa
- 1.2 2. Mbio –Alikiba
- 1.3 3. Tetema –Rayvanny ft. Diamond Platinumz
- 1.4 4. Kainama –Harmonize ft. Diamond Platinumz and Burna Boy
- 1.5 5. Kanyaga –Diamond Platnumz
- 1.6 6. Tumepoteza –Darassa ft. Maua Sama
- 1.7 7. Pepeta –Nora Fatehi ft. Rayvanny
- 1.8 8. Maajab –Mbosso
- 1.9 9. Wiper –Chege ft. Roma Mkatoliki
- 1.10 10. Uno –Harmonize
List of the best bongo flava songs in 2021
Here is a list of the most successful songs in 2021 based on YouTube viewership as well as popularity in local media.
1. Inama –Diamond Platnumz ft. Fally Ipupa
Diamond Platnumz is one of the most versatile African songwriters. Inama, which he featured another African musical giant, Fally Ipupa, is one of the most viewed songs on YouTube. With over 86 million views, Diamond Platnumz managed to reach the DRC music market.
In addition to YouTube views, Inama is also a great song in terms of production and video directing. Diamond uses an in-house production team, which is different compared to most Tanzanian artists. This approach explains the reason why the video is consistent in terms of quality and innovation. In addition to using his personal video director Kenny, Diamond also hired French directors — Jessica Francois and Declo.
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Apart from production and video directing, Inama is a special song due to Fally Ipupa’s input. Although the two artists have different sounds, they gave bongo flava a new direction in terms of beats and innovation.
2. Mbio –Alikiba
Alikiba is, without a doubt, one of the most talented bongo flava artists of all time. Mbio — a single that he released in April 2019 — is unique in different ways. First, the song was a form of reinvention after many years in bongo flava. Second, although the song is a form of reinvention, his old bongo flava fans can relate to the song on different levels.
Mbio has a relevant theme. In this song, Alikiba addresses heartbreak from a man’s perspective. He advises the young men to “move” when love fails. Rockstar Africa was instrumental in packaging the project to Bongo fans.
In addition to sweet melodies, Alikiba did not disappoint with the video quality. In the past decade, the Bongo superstar has worked with many video directors, both in Tanzania and outside the country. Instead of shooting the video in Tanzania, Alikiba went to Oman to shoot this song.
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3. Tetema –Rayvanny ft. Diamond Platinumz
Rayvanny and Diamond have done many songs together in the past three years. After getting a ban by BASATA, the two music giants had to redeem their status with another song. Tetema was a perfect song for this rebranding.
Tetema as a project was also important for both artists because it was the first time for these artists to work with a less known producer — S2kizzy. The song received a lot of airplay on radio stations from Tanzania and therefore becoming one of the most loved songs in and outside Bongo. Currently, Tetema is the most remixed Bongo song by international artists.
4. Kainama –Harmonize ft. Diamond Platinumz and Burna Boy
It is hard to put Kainama in any music genre. However, the song has a nice party vibe. Harmonize worked with a lot of Nigerian artists and among all his projects, Kainama was the most popular in Tanzania. Bringing Diamond and Burna Boy on board was also a good idea, thanks to their wordplay and writing style.
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The video was shot in Ghana and Tanzania due to artists’ different schedules. The video quality was top-notch, although it had some on-scene blunders. Apart from the errors, the song was a perfect collaboration between East and West Africa.
5. Kanyaga –Diamond Platnumz
Diamond is one of the most unpredictable artists in Tanzania in terms of creation and his music direction. Kanyaga is a party song. The Kanyaga audio production was excellent. In addition to being a party song, Diamond used this song to address a lot of rumours surrounding his life.
In the last five years, Diamond has worked with many producers. In this project, he worked with S2kizzy and his official Wasafi producer. S2kizzy has been instrumental in giving Diamond’s music a new “continental” direction. The producer was also behind Tetema, another hit.
In addition, the video production was by Zoom Production. The outfit, which is owned by Diamond, has redefined production quality in Tanzania.
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6. Tumepoteza –Darassa ft. Maua Sama
Tumepoteza is a love song. Darassa and Maua Sama are seasoned artists, and they did not disappoint on this project. The song was released in April and since then; it has over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Maua Sama is a talented singer and Darassa is one of the most consistent rappers in Tanzania.
The reasons why “Tumepoteza” is a popular song in Tanzania include the following; the vocals and melodies are catchy for any bongo flava fan. The video is also of high quality and innovative. Although the two artists are independent (from record labels), they appreciate the importance of investing in a project.
7. Pepeta –Nora Fatehi ft. Rayvanny
Pepeta was one of the most successful and unique songs in Bongo. Although the song was not entirely in Swahili, its catchy chorus and beautiful hooks by Nora Fatehi and Rayvanny made the song famous. Working with Nora Fatehi was also an indication that Bongo music is getting acceptance globally.
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In addition to the catchy song and memorable beats, the video quality was unmatched. The video, for example, has multiple scenes, and the lighting was unparalleled. The performance by the two superstars was also the reason why major TV stations in Tanzania played the song.
Pepeta was also the first song by a Tanzanian artist to garner three million views in less than a day. Currently, the hit song has over 59 million views on YouTube.
8. Maajab –Mbosso
Maajab is a love song by one of the best WCB artists. In this song, Mbosso displays his vocals abilities, and more importantly, the song has beautiful Swahili rhythms. Different people love Maajab for various reasons.
Directed by Kenny, the video is top-notch. Unlike many songs, the video has many desert scenes, which complements the song’s theme. Another reason why Maajab is a big song in Tanzania is the Swahili melodies, which brings back the old Bongo feeling. The third reason why Mbosso won many hearts with this song is the production quality.
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Unlike the other band members of the former Yamoto Band, Mbosso has redefined consistency and rebranding. In addition to this song, he also had more hits, such as “Ate.”
9. Wiper –Chege ft. Roma Mkatoliki
“Wiper” is a party song. Chege is one of the most talented and experienced Bongo artists. In this song, he features one of the most creative rappers in Tanzania Roma Mkatoliki. Although the song is a party song, unfamiliar waters for Roma, the Bongo rapper does not disappoint.
Released in September, the song has garnered over 800,000 views on YouTube. Even though the song has the least YouTube views in this list, it is one of the most played songs on radios.
10. Uno –Harmonize
The last 24 months have been eventful for Harmonize. After leaving WCB, the Bongo artist had to rebrand and reinvent his sound. Uno was a complete reinvention for Harmonize. Unlike “Kwangwaru” and other previous songs, the song has many differences in production and melody.
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Uno, which is a direct translation to number one, has a catchy beat. Currently, the song has over 12 million views on YouTube. In the last two months also, Tanzania radio stations have put the song on playlists and rotations. Even though the song had some copyright issues, it is still one of the most popular songs in Tanzania.
The list consists of popular new bongo flava songs for 2021 based on YouTube views and radio plays. We’ve provided the videos for your enjoyment but if you would like to download some of these songs, there are many platforms online that allow bongo flava download video options. Check them out while you wait for even more hits from your favourite artists this year.
Source: Tuko Newspaper
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