Ngoma Africa Band, one of the most sought after African bands in Germany has released a new album with two tracks in praise of Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli.
“Awamu ya Tano”, which is already dominating airwaves in Tanzania, is the title track from the band’s new album.
Ngoma Africa Band founder and leader Ebrahim Makunja also known as Kamanda Ras Makunja, told The AfroNews that he composed the song to appeal to Tanzanians to overcome political differences and put the country’s national interests first. (CONTINUES AFTER THE PHOTO)
Under President Magufuli’s leadership, Tanzania has regained its lost glory, Ras Makunja says.
He describes the president as a “no-nonsense leader” in this track sung in Swahili.
“Awamu ya Tano” evokes the memories of “La Bamba”, a Mexican folk song called Son, originally from the state of Veracruz. The beats of “Awamu ya Tano” are influenced by this greatest Latino song ever made. There is an amazing combination of Son and Tanzanian Rumba resulting into a hit no one can resist dancing to.
He also encourages farmers, civil servants and all other workers to be dedicated to and to perform their duties diligently. Ras Makunja further warns Tanzanian public officials to shun corruption.(CONTINUES AFTER THE PHOTO)
The other track “Amkeni Kumekucha” is a continuation of “Awamu ya Tano”, however here Ngoma Africa Band plays Rumba Odemba, a popular genre of dance music developed by the late Congolese Maestro Franco Luambo Makiadi and his TP OK Jazz.
Ngoma Africa Band members are: Ebrahim Makunja aka Kamanda Ras Makunja (Band leader, composer and vocalist; Chris Bakotessa (soloist & vocalist), Jonathan Souza aka JoJo (drummer), Aj Nbongo (bass guitar), Matondo Benda (2nd soloist), Vially Nbongo (rhythm Guitar), Jessicha Ouyah (dancer and singer) and Princesses Maria Da Silva (vocalist and dancer).
By Stephen Ogongo