Na Tucheze Pachanga Vol. 3

John Kijiko & Atomic Jazz Band — Na Tucheze Pachanga Vol. 3

Atomic Jazz Band hail from upcountry Tanzania, Tanga to be exact, and formed in the mid-1950’s. The Latin-American rhumba-informed sounds that penetrated the continent from Senegal to Kenya and down to Congo/Zaire and beyond played a huge role in the nightlife scenes and musical developments of so many popular music movements, way too much about this to discuss on this tiny blog, Google that ish. I will say the Swahili iteration of these Trans-Atlantic musical threads is particularly charming and I hope to delve further if the opportunity arises (i.e. I somehow find a load of these tapes and/or visit Tanzania).

Bandleader John Kijiko guided this band, among others, and released massive joints throughout the 60s and 70s. More info on them at the excellent KenTanZa vinyl website.


Side A

Tanzania Yetu Ni Nchi Ya Furaha

Wee Zaina

Leo Kwetu Furaha

Ewe Amida Wangu

Na Tucheze Pachanga

Tanzania Yetu Tunaipenda

Tulivyo Pendana


Side B

Msaangao Umeniingia

Ooh Mpenzi Asha

Tulipokuwa Sarafini

Taabu Nyingi

Atomic Jazz


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

July 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Hey, I really love this album!

I’m wondering if this album is still for sale and if I might be able to buy it (web/cd/vinyl). If you could respond in an email that would be really appreciated!

Regards, Joep

July 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Very nice. I’ve only seen a few cuts of the Atomic Jazz Band up on YouTube, and really enjoyed them. Thanks very much!

August 15, 2014 at 4:42 am

Any idea on the year of this tape?

Jumapili Mujengwareply
January 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm

It makes me remember my prime time late in sixties when I was at Malangali secondary school. Bravo Kijiko

Chaeka Mwesongoreply
August 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

Kilwa Jazz band was among the best musical band especially when you listen the tone, was really from TANGA.

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