Swahili song Cheza – X Plastaz (African rap)

October 27, 2008 by · 19 Comments 

No Bongo flava: strictly Tanzanian hip hop with Kiswahili and Maasai lyrics.

Latest video by Tanzanian rap group X Plastaz who toured the world with their trademark Maasai hip hop style. After the conscious rap song Nini dhambi, the new video Cheza (‘dance’) is about having a good time. It shows rare on-stage and behind-the-scenes footage from their tours in Europe (Brussels, Amsterdam, London), South America (Brazil: Rio and Salvador) and Gabon (Libreville at Gabao hip hop festival).

With raps by the late Faza Nelly and a beat made by Dutch producer Kid Sundance with a sound reminiscent of Slum Village or Jdilla / Jay Dee.

Edit: Marc Schapink, post production: Thomas Gesthuizen (J4) & Paul Kempe.
Song produced by Kid Sundance

NB this clip is slightly off sync, a youtube problem. I will try to upload another format that will cause less sync issues.

See www.xplastaz.com and www.myspace.com/xplastaz for more about X Plastaz.

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

October 20, 2008 by · 27 Comments 

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

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Africa music – Swahili rap: X Plastaz (Hi Quality version)

August 23, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

High Quality version (select ‘watch in high quality’).
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.

Languages: Kiswahili and Maa (kiMaasai)

LYRICS:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus…

TRANSLATION:

http://www.xplastaz.com/v2/ninidhambi…

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

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The Swahilis of Maasai Mara – Kenya

March 8, 2008 by · 25 Comments 

Dive into the beauty of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti … learn about the Swahilis … one of Africa’s most prominent tribes … The Swahili are a people and culture found on the coast of East Africa, mainly the coastal regions and the islands of Kenya and Tanzania, and north Mozambique. The name Swahili is derived from the Arabic word Sawahil, meaning “coastal dwellers”, and they speak the Swahili language. They also speak the official languages of their respective countries: English in Tanzania and Kenya, Portuguese in Mozambique, Somali in Somalia, and French in Comoros. Note that only a small fraction of those who use Swahili are first language speakers and even fewer are ethnic Swahilis. The Masai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa, they are among the most well-known African ethnic groups internationally. They speak Maa, which is a part of the Nilo-Saharan language family — similar languages include Dinka, Nuer, Turkana — and Songhai, and are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili and English. The Maasai population has been variously estimated as 377,089 from the 1989 Census or as 453,000 language speakers in Kenya in 1994[2] and 430,000 in Tanzania in 1993 with a total estimated as “approaching 900,000″ Estimates of the respective Maasai populations in both countries are complicated by the remote locations of many villages, and their semi-nomadic nature. Although the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, the people have clung to their age-old customs.

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