Tanzania grows its music footprint in region

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Cape Town - The collaboration bringing together Zimbabwe’s Gemma Griffiths and the Tanzanian pair of Linex and Barakah The Prince is s wonderful urban celebration of mother tongues.

“Ndinewe”, which means “I’m with you”, was released on Griffith’s birthday, September 1 and has been rocking the airwaves in South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The artists blend Shona and Swahili in the single that is a remix of a song Griffiths dropped in May.

“Ndinewe” is all about love as Griffiths, Linex (real name Sunday Mjeda) and Barakah The Prince (real name Baraka Andrew Odiero) channel the age-old vibe of distance making the heart grow fonder.

The song, which harominises the Bongo flavour of the Tanzanians with Griffiths’ urban contemporary sound, was produced by Charlie Kay of Zimbabwe.

Tanzanian music has been steadily carving a niche for itself across Southern Africa, and this collaboration only serves to enhance the status of the sounds from that country.

Superstars like Diamond Platnumz have worked with Namibian heavyweights such as King Tee Dee as Tanzanian music enters the regional mainstream.

The Diamond Platnumz-King Tee Dee collaboration titled “The One” was sung in in Swahili, Oshivambo and English, and the video from the single has been a massive hit on Trace Africa this year.

 

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