November is shaping up to be a month of great releases as we gear up for party season, and as such there are a few notable releases that you should be listening to.
The Tanzanian music titans Wasafi Crew WCB have delivered a trio of releases in just a fortnight. Despite being busy with the planning and execution of the Wasafi Festival that happened in Dar es Saalam on the 9th of November, the Wasafi crew have proved that they are the bigwigs of Bongo music. As previously reported on The Sauce, the Wasafi Festival was not without any hangups as Bongo superstar Platnumz finally made the official announcement of the artist lineup slated for the event. However, it came to light through Chibu invited rivals Ali Kiba and Harmonize to join in the Wasafi bandwagon; the duo declined to the disappointment of fans.
Nonetheless, the show must go on, so here are the top three releases from the Wasafi crew:
1.Diamond Platnumz- Baba Lao
Platnumz bigs himself up in the ultimate self-glorifying track ‘Baba Lao’. Putting himself on the same level as Tanzanian President Maghufuli, the Makonde people and more, Chibu is not shy is singing his own praises. The 3-minute track is fastpaced, fun with the perfect rhymes for a dance-off. Trending on YouTube, it has already surpassed the 1M views mark the video-sharing platform. The track that debuted on the Wasafi Festival weekend was a strategic release, solidifying Platnumz place in the East African music scene.
2.Rayvanny – I Love You
Vanny Boy opens his heart in a sweet lovesong dubbed ‘I Love You’. The track which is slow, and chock full of harmony, see Vanny serenade his listeners reminding neigh sayers of his vocal abilities. The Tanzanian lyricist also sings in Spanish, vocalizing his deep love for what many can only assume his lover and mother of his child Fahymah. He sings, “Sura ya mama, umbo la wama…unanichanganya…sura kama Malaika” Vanny is a true lyricist, weaving together complimentary words with ease. The Gach B production was released on 10th November and has only served to draw attention to Rayvanny’s versatility.
3.Dully Skyes feat Lava Lava – Balaa
Lava Lava is one of the most underrated artists in East Africa. He may not the biggest act out of the Wasafi Crew, but his talent is truly undeniable. Sexy, and witty, Lava Lava sings of a particular woman’s movement and her glorious body. Dully Skyes does well to add a different layer to the track, reminiscent of the T.I.D era. The track is a winner and deserves more listenership.
Special Mention: Ali Kiba – Mshumaa
Though he may not be part of the penultimate Wasafi Crew, Ali Kiba deserves loads of respect for his contribution to Bongo music. The track ‘Mshumaa’ is among the many tracks Ali K has released in 2019. The track features some cryptic lyrics about what many suspects to be an estranged relationship with his wife Amina. The emotional track is dubbed on ‘Mshumaa’ which translates to ‘candle’, much like a flame that can be put out, his love has been through the wringer and fans can only respect him for his honest release. Long live King Kiba!
Which of the four releases do you love most?