Bongo Flava 3

Who’s up for a Tanzanian bongo flava compilation? It’s nothing to write home about but in this epic heatwave I’m finding it hard to dig deep in the cassette boxes.

I am djing tonight at the Konono no. 1 show at Le Poisson Rouge.

Also, this Thursday, July 22 is Twin Shadow, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Hooray for Earth and Mammal Paradise at Cake Shop.


Side A
Cheka Kidogo—Dudubaya
Latifa—N.B. Dog ft. Madee
Sumu ya Teja—Vital Maende
Baridi Kama Hii—Enika
Itakuwa Ngumu—Vivan
Tulia—Jack Maria


Side B
Mapenzi Gani—Banana
Siku ya Leo—Bushoke
Milionea—O.B. Bryant
Leila Wakole Hexagone
Niko Simple—Dogo N Viny
Kama Yule—Q Chief


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

July 19, 2010 at 5:38 am

i know i’m a piece of shit for saying this, but:

with the traditional, the modern can be created…

with the modern, one cannot create the traditional…

July 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

People really love music which is so cool.

J.R. McQuaidreply
July 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm

It’s fun to mix Pure R&B with this music. Good Times. :) Cool Blog.

July 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

heh heh, the modern becomes the traditional…how things evolve…

July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I love me some Bongo Flava and I’ve got 50 other albums you’ve posted in my rotation but this one is pretty weak. Professor Jay’s “Machozi, Jasho na Damu”, now there’s a classic Bongo Flava album.

Dylan Toombsreply
July 21, 2010 at 1:58 am

Just spent about an hour on your blog, amazing! I was going to link to it from my blog if that’s alright.

I am taking one song from every country in the world and writing a short post on it, it’s called Unbounded Song, 196 Countries, 196 Songs.



July 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

If it is created today – it can be a traditional tomorrow.

There are many bongo flava classics out, where tanzanians & kenyans love to sing and dance with…

Even accustomed – africans always live today not in the past.

July 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

indeed, today’s traditional might have been yesterday’s modern…

July 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

need your help. You know the name of this song and the the orchestra. remember has submitted in your blog some Arabic music. I wonder if the melody is Arabic.

thanks for your information.
Alexis Galeano Toro
U.S.A California

August 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

Here’s a great bongo flava track

November 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm

bought this one on cd (sorry tapers ;) in Dar es Salaam in 2005 together with some other compilations. Tracks really differ in style and quality, but some of the swahili raps really sound amazing (especially out of those car speakers over there!)

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