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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Swahili Music

October 14, 2008 by · 22 Comments 

Varietes musicales en Swahili, Rap Tanzanien et Burundais…

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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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