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Msafiri Zawose

ABOUT ME

Tanzania’s charismatic Gogo innovator Msafiri Zawose breaks open the circle of tradition, the flock of songs and tunes, beats and melodies his fellow musicians have relied on for generations. Jubilant voices dance over a broad palette of timbres like the buzzy bowed zeze. Swaying polyrhythms combine in tranced-out jams, only to shift into delicate filigree of malimba (thumb piano) and vocal counterpoint. It speaks to Msafiri’s simultaneous deep engagement with and playful reframing of tradition.
  • Balance
  • Creativity
  • Fun
  • Influence
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Respect
  • Success

Cultural background

  • Tanzania

PROJECT MUSIC

4:53
Mambo mambo - Msafiri Zawose (Masta Luminary remix)
Through my musical journey I have had the chance to meet amaizing artists and collaborate with them, back in 2014 I met Msafiri Zawose a very multi-talented musician, while he was in Kenya I had the chance to remix one of his tracks Mambo Mambo which was an amazing experience for me n my music career and also collaborate with a legendary artist who comes from a family of legends. In this project I went out of my comfort zone and teaked some cowbells pitch to make melodies with them and some kalimba sound from which he had sent, blended with some Asian and African melodic, percussion sounds to give you a sweet sensation of East African music.
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  • African
  • Dance / EDM
  • A capella
  • Cowbell
  • Kalimba
  • Fujara
  • Zurna
  • Kenya
4:38
One World
ONE WORLD is a musical journey across our planet which explores the connections between cultures, the beauty of landscapes and the power of nature. Starting in the depths of the ocean, the cradle of primordial life, flutes play duets with the songs of whales. We proceed slowly to the beach, lulled by the sound of waves, while a sparkling layer of violin textures frolics over them. Traveling inland, we reach the jungle, and begin to hear the voices of animals and humanity. The voices carry a powerful message: We have one world, and although we are all different, we must work together. The journey continues, gathering voices and strength, from windblown deserts to rainy, fertile land in temperate zones. Rain washes our planet clean while the voices continue to sing: We have ONE WORLD.
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  • Vocal
  • World
  • Choir
  • Singer
  • Piano
  • Bouzouki
  • Ud / Oud
  • Violin
  • Djembe
  • Jaw harp
  • Kalimba
  • Low whistle
  • Nay / Ney
  • Pivana
  • Suling
  • Congo
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Russian Federation
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
3:55
Kijanisha the Planet (Regreen the Planet)
This song is a call to reconnect with nature and regreen the planet. The lyrics speak of dire environmental issues, but the music will make you want to dance. There's no need to sit around being sad about the world - grab a shovel, plant a seed and groove! The roots of the composition are Msafiri Zawose and Anna Kattoa's impassioned vocals. The song then travelled back and forth between Tanzania and Canada as more instruments were added, growing slowly and steadily like a tree.
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  • African
  • Fusion
  • Pop
  • Psychedelia
  • R&B / Soul
  • Rock
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Zeze / Tzetze / Dzendze
  • Conga
  • Drum machine
  • Kalimba
  • Kayamba
  • Canada
  • Tanzania
4:37
Abrazar la Tierra (Embrace the Earth)
A song that calling for embracing our Mother Earth, listen to her needs and protect her from distraction.
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  • African
  • Fusion
  • Latino
  • World
  • Singer
  • Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Percussion
  • Sampler
  • Argentina
  • Israel
  • Russian Federation
  • Tanzania
5:46
Wanyama Wetu (Our Animals)
Wanyama Wetu is about the value and wisdom of animals, protecting them from harm until the time comes when people understand that all creatures deserve equal respect. The music was recorded remotely between Tanzania and Canada. Msafiri Zawose began the composition with a hip hop style drumbeat and bassline, zeze (Tanzanian violin/harp) and vocals in Swahili. He invited his friend Suleman Abdallah (a.k.a. Meja Drum) to record a Swahili rap verse as well. On the other side of the world, Nic Lagasse added more vocals and instrumentation (bass guitar, percussion, ukulele, taishogoto), building up the intensity for the second half of the song. Msafiri then added more vocal harmonies and chants for the finishing touches. There was no specific genre of music in mind when creating this song, and I believe the composition benefits from the freedom of three artists working without inhibition.
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  • African
  • Funk
  • Fusion
  • Hip Hop / Rap
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Rapping
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Dholak
  • Drum machine
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Malimba
  • Shekere
  • Canada
  • Tanzania
3:59
"Cuesta" English translation: "Uphill"
It is a song of hope written a day of extreme despair. Inspired by a hummingbird that seemed to be lifeless and when I approached and touched it, it took flight. It seemed to need someone's warmth or simply rested from his flight.
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  • African
  • Fusion
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Cuatro
  • Percussion
  • Argentina
  • Tanzania
3:07
"El clavel del aire" English translation: "Carnation of the Air"
It's a song that talks about freedom, about that free spirit that we need to blossom and fulfill. Inspired by the Carnation of the air, a plant that grows suspended in the air and that blooms anywhere, without soil.
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281 votes
PUBLIC AWARD WINNER
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CREATIVITY AWARD WINNER
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WINNER OF THE PROJECT
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  • African
  • Fusion
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal Percussion
  • Cuatro
  • Mbira / Sanza/ Thumb Piano
  • Percussion
  • Udu
  • Argentina
  • Tanzania
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