African music – hip hop from Africa: X Plastaz (Swahili)

October 20, 2008 by  

Not Bongo Flava, this is East African / Tanzanian Hip Hop. Last video of the late mc Faza Nelly from X Plastaz, Tanzania’s most well known hip hop crew who merge Swahili rap and traditional Maasai music. This video to the song ‘Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki?’ about poverty in Tanzania was partly recorded on top of Ol Doinyo Lengai, a remote, active volcano and the Maasai’s ‘Mountain of God’ which had its 1st major eruption in years the day after Nelly died.

(Chorus, Yamat singing a traditional Maasai song)

Languages: Kiswahili and Maa (kiMaasai)

Produced by dj Threesixty (Bamba Nazar), video by J4 (Thomas Gesthuizen).

Postproduction istance Manuel Rodrigues.

More info and music at www.xplastaz.com and www.myspace.com/xplastaz

And check out more on African hip hop at www.africanhiphop.com

Duration : 0:4:37


Lyrics

What’s the offense of the poor?
All my people
East Africa
Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya
Dar es Salaam, A town
Wherever you are
Kneel and pray to God
Is this politics, religion, tyranny, slavery, judgement day, Sodom and Gomorrah?
Hold on strong, take a look around each corner
Left, right, front, back, make sure you look everywhere
And if you persist, just listen and be patient, so that you won’t regret later on

This goes out to my people
The cripple, blind, albinos and the insane
Street children, beggars, the poor and those who are mentally sane
This is a thick rope
You should know that we are pulling it against those in power
Fat bellies and cheeks
It’s no longer a fair game
The referee is biased
The field itself is dry
Work is hard to find, payment is little
What’s left is to play the hard way
We’re tired of the upper class, capitalism and dictatorship
This is the time
This is the redemption
And I order that those who are down must get that wine
I tighten the strap of your opponents
I pour poison over them
So that they will scratch themselves without shame
First of all, a salute to those who passed away before us
Second, let’s pray to God
Our father, please give us our daily bread
Fill us with strength
So that we can succeed in the game
When we pass away, the day of judgement
Give us the chance to regret
Because we know that we act evil
We eat forbidden fruits
We use every possible method
Juju or crime…
So that we can get food & clothing
But that shouldn’t be a reason for other people to be robbed of their rights
To prevent us from fulfilling our destiny
To call us infidels and insult us
Because what’s the offense?

Chorus:
What’s the offense of the poor
What’s wrong, what is right
Everyone just wants his destiny
Riddle: stir up the match
You can’t look into the future

Why? Ask the question, if we would all be intellectuals and rich
Who would do the dirty and dangerous work like working in the mortuary
Everyone here in town came for a ‘business’
Everything and everywhere
And even a human skin is for sale
Others are fake witches and wizards
Conmen, illegal travellers
While others are gentle-mannered like the Born-again Christians
In the afternoon offices are buzzing
While the night is hard, prostitutes,
Sugar daddies, criminals, and other things to be covered up
There are those who died when fighting for their lives
Their memories have remained in the graveyard
And there’s those who lost the hope that they will ever win
You’d think they have taken their souls out of mortgage
When they stop you in the road
You have to give them your last remaining salary for this month

(Chorus)

Really, in Tanzania it’s a matter of finding your way
You will regret when you find out that you don’t even have a pair of shorts
Your decision, just hold it like a goalkeeper
And those who you’d depend on until the end will let you drown
You’re not educated, don’t have any special talent
But strength, tongue, economy you have it, you sit on it
Remember
To gain and to loose, it’s all normal
Sometimes you sleep and dream and eat
You drink, you French kiss
And make love to a lovely girl
To your surprise you find that the place is empty
There’s nothing

(Chorus, Yamat singing a traditional Maasai song)

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27 Responses to “African music – hip hop from Africa: X Plastaz (Swahili)”

  1. lissethfuentes on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    wonderfull!!!!!!!!! …
    wonderfull!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. IceCreamFella on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    AFRICAAA !!!!!! <3
    AFRICAAA !!!!!! <3

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  3. hotmama3001 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    i am black and …
    i am black and before you go all whatever on me i was just playing around so please keep your inappropriate comments to yourself unless you can say it in a respectful way

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  4. casell83yahoocom on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    hip hop the from …
    hip hop the from the mountain tops of africa
    music is power- hatas suck a dick!

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  5. jokerboyjoker on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    hey re u black or …
    hey re u black or white??

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  6. siajilish on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    I’m Kenyan and I …
    I’m Kenyan and I salute this Rapper.
    He be gwann mann.

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  7. warfarealien on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    fire
    fire

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  8. jhooks3000 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    yes africa!!!! this …
    yes africa!!!! this is hiphop man!

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  9. NewOrleansGuh on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    im an american i …
    im an american i dont know what you guys r saying but this song is the bomb

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  10. shaolindude1 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    yaaaa this song is …
    yaaaa this song is kick man, nice !

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  11. MCSKK on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    it´s vervy niceeee …
    it´s vervy niceeee thats hiphop !!! 5 stars!!! so nice flow jojojo

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  12. validealeru on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    no es no blink …
    no es no blink blink’s. This is pure hip hop… we, romanians, salute you

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  13. Tunesien06 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    great song!!
    great song!!

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  14. lawebdelmaestro on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    yeah!
    yeah!

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  15. hotmama3001 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    uhhh africa sit …
    uhhh africa sit down!

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  16. khalaf2007 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    Big up brother.. …
    Big up brother.. they song is touching.. one luv from Somalia … africa uniteeeee..

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  17. mrDC300 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    No need to …
    No need to translate, I can feel what this brotha is saying

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  18. ekpliktos on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    respect
    respect

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  19. mwalimu8 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    Kibao bwana. Asante …
    Kibao bwana. Asante kwa kupost hii jam bwana.

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  20. boratmania on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    lol we have as many …
    lol we have as many pianos as you have aliens with great abilities to jump borders, lol!!!!

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  21. hasahnee on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    for translation to …
    for translation to the video click tab on the bottom right of the screen.

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  22. lizrodrica on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    no te rindas africa …
    no te rindas africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. ezimora2002 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    check the right …
    check the right side of the video for the translation

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  24. ezimora2002 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    check the right …
    check the right side of the video clip for the translation

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  25. violetsareblue14 on October 20th, 2008 1:36 pm

    AFRICA STAND UP!!!
    AFRICA STAND UP!!!

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  26. Alex on December 8th, 2010 6:46 am

    they are so skilled! i looked up the lyrics in swahili and tried to go along and cant keep up omg theyre good!!! i love rap and it makes me happy that there is swahili rap. its so cool!!! i cant find the translation though and if i did i think it would help me a lot to learn swahili.

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  27. Alex on December 11th, 2010 5:30 am

    to my other comment earlier, i found a translation. the translation link they gave doesnt work but heres one http://www.myspace.com/xplastaz/blog/264979154. Ive so far learned how to say the first four rapping lines and its translation so maybe i will end up being able to rap it :) definetely not as good as them though!

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