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