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Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from around the world.

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Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from...

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Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from...

Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from around the world.

2014071920140720 (WS)

Rafael Estefania showcases Latin American musical talent, featuring artists from Brazil...

Rafael Estefania showcases Latin American musical talent, featuring artists from Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Mexico and Chile.

2014081620140817 (WS)

Cross-Cultural Collaborations: Wonderful music made by artists from different tradition...

Cross-Cultural Collaborations: Wonderful music made by artists from different traditions coming together to create new sounds.

2014092020140921 (WS)

This month Rafael Estefania travels to Mexico City in search of the new musical talent...

This month Rafael Estefania travels to Mexico City in search of the new musical talent that is emerging in the metropolis.

2014101820141019 (WS)

This month Global Beats offers a varied selection of songs from Africa, recorded especi...

20141018

This month Global Beats offers a varied selection of songs from Africa, recorded especially for the BBC.

An Audience with Richard Bona20160820

An Audience with Richard Bona2016082020160821 (WS)

“Simply one of the most talented dudes on this planet�, meet musician Richard Bona

An Audience with Richard Bona20160820

Cameroonian Richard Bona is described as one of the most electrifying and brilliant artists from Africa – from anywhere in fact. The legendary Quincy Jones, who has produced Bona's latest album, Heritage, describes him as “simply one of the most talented dudes on this planet�.

Richard Bona will be playing a selection of tunes from Heritage, and from his back catalogue, in an exclusive Global Beats session at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. He will be in conversation with presenter Bola Mosuro and taking questions from a studio audience about his life in Cameroon and the US and his extraordinary musical career.

In a change to its usual format, Global Beats is this month devoting the whole programme to a single outstanding musician.

Picture: Richard Bona, Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Cuban Overture2015081520150816 (WS)
20150819 (WS)

Music from Havana's best new artists including La Reyna y La Real, Eme Alfonso and more.

Cuba has an astonishing new generation of experimental musicians, eager to be heard by the wider world. Gilles Peterson travels to Havana to uncover its diverse new music scene, including hip hop, jazz, fusion and son.

Cuba is poised for enormous change, following a series of discussions between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro. Both countries are re-opening embassies in each other’s capitals. But what effect will this have on its musicians? While Cuban artists are finding it easier to tour, making music in Cuba remains difficult. A high-speed internet service is not yet widely available, so records from the US and Europe are exchanged on USB sticks.

DJ and producer Gilles Peterson uncovers the unique music that is made when young Cuban musicians fuse worldwide influences with a distinctly Cuban sound. He talks to La Reyna y La Real, a hip hop duo who address issues facing Cuban women over beats sampling salsa and cha cha cha. They perform their song Let The Rice Burn.

Eme Alfonso performs with her parents Carlos Alfonso and Ele Valdes as Sintesis, one of Cuba’s most successful bands of the 80s and 90s. Eme’s own songs draw from the music she discovered while touring the world and Havana street sounds.

Giles talks to El Niño y La Verdad, 26-year-old bandleader and self-professed “champion of 100% popular dance music� Yissy Garcia is a percussionist and leader of jazz ensemble Broadband. She premieres a new track called Breaking News - a tribute to Cuban radio. And, Dayme Arocena, 23-year-old jazz singer and choir leader, records a session live from Havana’s legendary Egrem Studios.

(Photo: Eme Alfonso of the Cuban band Sintesis. Credit: Joseph Ros)

Edinburgh Festival20160917

Edinburgh Festival20160917

Each year Edinburgh hosts the biggest arts festival in the world and, not surprisingly, music is a big component. Global Beats brings a selection of some of the best, newest, most varied and international musical acts performing at the Festival. Presenter Vic Galloway introduces talent from Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, USA, Italy, England and Scotland.

Anna Meredith, winner of Scottish Album of the Year 2016, headlines the show, which was recorded in front of a live audience of festival goers. Performers also include: The Danish String Quartet; Italian guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione in a new collaboration with British singer Sarah Jane Morris; and American cabaret singer, Lady Rizo.

(Photo: Lady Rizo on stage at the Edinburgh Festival 2016)

Edinburgh Festival2016091720160918 (WS)

Music from Anna Meredith, Danish String Quartet, Antonio Forcione and Sarah Jane Morris

Global Beats: Americana - Part One20160206

Global Beats: Americana - Part One20160206

Global Beats travels to Nashville, Tennessee, to record some of the best new American roots music. Max Reinhardt meets brand new country diva Heidi Feek, unstoppable bluegrass boys Whiskey Shivers and Haas Kowert Tice, who blend American folk with contemporary classical. Part one of two episodes.

(Photo: Bluegrass band Whiskey Shivers. Credit: Geoff Duncan)

Global Beats: Americana - Part One2016020620160207 (WS)

Meet Heidi Feek, Whiskey Shivers, Haas Kowert Tice - new stars of American roots music

Global Beats: Americana - Part Two20160305

Global Beats: Americana - Part Two2016030520160306 (WS)

An exploration of the latest and sweetest reinventions of American roots music

Global Beats: Americana - Part Two20160305

Max Reinhardt explores the latest and sweetest reinventions of American roots music. The featured artists all sound compellingly fresh – and yet they have a powerful timelessness, evoking much of the richness of the past. Valerie June is now based in New York, but she is a southern girl with gospel, motown and blues in her blood. She has called her unique sound 'organic moonshine roots music'. Son Little is also a unique new voice on the Americana scene – a voice that stopped R'n'B legend Mavis Staples in her tracks. She said that when she heard him first "I just had to be still, his voice hit me like a lightning bolt".

Ellis Swan's other worldly reworked folk tales and murder ballads are unsettling, but incredibly seductive. Sierra Ferrell is inspired by popular songs from the 19th Century, many of which she picked up as she busked her way around the southern states. Finally, and in contrast to the previous solo singer-songwriters, the Darnell Boys are a band of brothers and others who cook up a deep dark storm of foot stomping bluegrass.

(Photo: Valerie June)

Global Beats: Ghana20140621

Global Beats: Ghana2014062120140622 (WS)

Seven up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform songs especially for the BBC and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond. Efya, queen of Afro pop, was discovered through a talent show, and recently nominated for the World Music Awards. Kyekyeku is giving a modern twist to traditional palm wine music and making Ghanaians chuckle with his witty lyrics. There’s also Yaa Pono, with a unique rocking rap, and Ayisoba, with his distinctive gruff voice and northern style, plus gospel artist Cwesi Oteng.

The programme is presented by Rita Ray, respected London DJ and authority on African music, who is originally from Ghana herself.

(Photo: From left to right, Efya, Kyekyeku and Wiyaala, Ghana's rising musical talent. BBC copyright)

Global Beats: Ghana20150919

Global Beats: Ghana20150919

Seven up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform for the BBC and tell Rita Ray what inspires them in Ghana and beyond.

(Photo: From left to right, Efya, Kyekyeku and Wiyaala, Ghana's rising musical talent)

Global Beats: Ghana2015091920150920 (WS)

Seven up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform for the BBC.

Global Beats: Ghana2015091920150923 (WS)

Seven up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform for the BBC.

Global Beats: India20151107

Global Beats: India20151107

Global Beats explores India's lively independent music scene, from folk to funk, beatboxing to devotional bhajans - and everything in between.

The artists featured in this week's episode are: The Barmer Boys, Minute of Decay, Hanita Bhambri Collective, Fiddler's Green, Sapta, Tajdar Junaid, and Vasuda Sharma of Sharma + The Besharams.

Pictured: Minute of Decay from Manipur in north-east India. Photo credit: Rafael Estefania

Global Beats: India2015110720151108 (WS)

Global Beats explores India's lively independent music scene, from folk to funk.

Global Beats: Psychedelia20160521

Global Beats: Psychedelia2016052120160522 (WS)

A celebration of psychedelia, the music genre born in the purple haze of the late 60s

Global Beats: Psychedelia20160521

We celebrate psychedelia, the music genre born in the purple haze of the late 60s, and characterised by albums like The Beatles' Sgt Pepper, bands like Pink Floyd and songs like Cloud 9 by the Temptations. It swept the world from Nigeria to Cambodia and has never really gone far away as a musical flavour that artists such as Prince or DeLa Soul have loved to revel in.

We hear from the current wave of psychedelic artists from right across the planet, including Graveola from Belo Horizonte in Brazil and The Dwarfs of East Agouza from Cairo in Egypt. Presenter Max Reinhardt finds out why psychedelia seems to be forever in a state of frenzied reincarnation.

(Photo: TCIC by Fabrice Bourgelle)

Global Beats: Ska20151017

Global Beats: Ska2015101720151018 (WS)

David Amanor talks to ska bands from as far afield as Japan, Australia and Chile.

Global Beats: Ska2015101720151021 (WS)

David Amanor talks to ska bands from as far afield as Japan, Australia and Chile.

Global Beats: Ska20151017

Ska is one of the most infectious musical genres around. It is full of energy and is guaranteed to lift the spirits. Originating in 1950s Jamaica, in the run up to the country’s independence, its celebratory vibe and trademark back-beat gives it a real feel-good factor. The genre has had several revivals over the years such as the 2-Tone movement in the UK during the late 1970s and what is known as the Third Wave in the USA in the 1990s. So who is playing Ska now?

David Amanor is known to many World Service listeners as the presenter of the BBC program Fifth Floor. But what most people do not know is that he used to play guitar for 2-Tone Ska band The Selecter, which experienced international success in the 1970s and 1980s, along with bands like The Specials, The Beat and Madness. He knows a thing or two about Ska and discovers it is still very much alive and well in places you might not expect.

We hear from an all-female Ska band from Japan, who met playing in their high-school brass band. The Melbourne Ska orchestra began life trying to set a world record for the biggest number of brass players on one stage. Since then they have toured the world and just released their second album. Locomondo from Athens bring a distinctly Greek feel to their Ska, incorporating traditional instruments and melodic lines. We also catch up with The Skatalites, one of the original Jamaican pioneers of Ska music.

(Photo: Oreskaband, all-female ska band from Japan)

Global Beats: Ska20160416

Global Beats: Ska2016041620160417 (WS)

David Amanor talks to ska bands The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Locomondo and The Skatalites

Global Beats: Ska20160416

Ska is one of the most infectious musical genres around. Originating in 1950s Jamaica, in the run up to the country’s independence, its celebratory vibe and trademark back-beat gives it a real feel-good factor. The genre has had several revivals over the years such as the 2-Tone movement in the UK during the late 1970s and what is known as the Third Wave in the USA in the 1990s. So who is playing Ska now?

David Amanor, former guitarist for 2-Tone Ska band The Selecter, which experienced international success in the 1970s and 1980s, along with bands like The Specials, The Beat and Madness, discovers Ska is still very much alive and well in places you might not expect.

He talks to an all-female Ska band from Japan, who met playing in their high-school brass band. The Melbourne Ska Orchestra began life trying to set a world record for the biggest number of brass players on one stage. Since then they have toured the world and just released their second album. Locomondo from Athens bring a distinctly Greek feel to their Ska, incorporating traditional instruments and melodic lines. We also catch up with The Skatalites, one of the original Jamaican pioneers of Ska music.

(Photo: Oreskaband, all-female ska band from Japan)

Gospel20160716

Gospel20160716

Rita Ray plays some of the best new Gospel tunes from around the world, and finds out why Gospel has such enduring appeal.

Gospel2016071620160717 (WS)

Rita Ray plays some of the best new Gospel tunes from around the world, and finds out why Gospel has such enduring appeal.

Hip Hop Feministas20151205

Hip Hop Feministas20151205

Candace Piette talks to bold and talented young female rappers from Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Hip Hop Feministas2015120520151206 (WS)

Candace Piette talks to bold and talented young female rappers from Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Japan2017011420170115 (WS)

Join Nick Luscombe as he concludes our Global Beats East Asia season with a musical feast from Japan.

London International20160102

London International20160102

London is home to people from just about every country on the planet, and (not surprisingly) they bring their music with them. Some come here specifically because of London’s rich musical heritage, its amazing musicians in all genres, its music schools and performance venues, not to mention the studios and record companies.

Amazing things can happen when musicians from different backgrounds get together, and one of our featured groups, Paprika, combines outstanding players from Romania and Serbia – two nationalities who don’t usually get together. The six members met in London.

Ganga Thapa is using London as a base from which to tell the world about Nepalese music. He came to London from Kathmandu seven years ago and his band, Namlo, is made up of musicians from several different countries.

Another of our London International bands, Afrik Bawantu, is led by Afla Sackey from Ghana. His sound is distinctly West African, but it also has a cosmopolitan feel, drawing on London’s underground club scene.

Katy Carr sounds like a name that could only have come from Britain, but in fact Katy has Polish roots and that is what inspires her musically. She writes what sound like traditional Polish folk songs but they have a distinctly contemporary twist.

Kuljit Bhamra is a tabla player coming out of the Punjabi community in London’s Southall district, and something of a British institution, but his collaboration with Somali musicians is very recent. For Global Beats he performs with Somali oud player Said Hussein, singer Farxiya Fiska and dhol drummer Bobby Panesar – it’s a fusion between musicians from two of London’s largest ethnic groups which, says Kuljit, would only have happened here.

From Iran, we have Mehdi Ganjvar playing the santur - a stringed instrument of the hammered dulcimer family - accompanied by singer Samin Heydari. They'll also be telling Rita Ray about what it's like to make music and negotiate censorship in Iran.

Our final act is a brand new experimental outfit with roots in jazz and classical music. NBOC, New Born Outcry, brings together a British trombonist with Afro-Caribbean roots and a Canadian trumpet player, who combine virtuoso live brass with cutting edge electronica.

(Photo: Courtney Brown (left) and Jay Phelps of NBOC. Credit: BBC)

London International2016010220160103 (WS)

Rita Ray presents live performances from global musicians making music in London.

Music From Spain2016061820160619 (WS)

Presenter Rafael Estefania finds out how new Spanish artists are taking the country’s traditions, such as Flamenco, into the future. He discovers how Spanish bands are positioning themselves vis-a-vis the flood of popular music from the US and Britain, which dominates the Spanish charts.

Featuring artists - Vetusta Morla, arguably Spain’s biggest indie band; Bigott, an eccentric innovator, known for his zany English lyrics; Fuel Fandango, Electronic-Flamenco duo making waves beyond Spain; El Nino de Elche, classical Flamenco singer taking the genre in new experimental directions; Zenet, old-style crooner bringing latin romance to new audiences; Iseo, very new singer songwriter and definitely one to watch; Zahara, after a big hit with Universal, this independent minded artist has left the commercial mainstream and is going it alone.

(Photo: Zahara with her guitar. Credit: Rafael Estefania)

New musical talent from Spain including indie band Vetusta Morla, Bigott, and Zahara

Musical Identities20160418

Musical Identities20160418

As part of the Identity Season this edition of Global Beats features musicians affected by migration and cross-fertilisation of cultures and ideas.

Now that musicians from anywhere in the world can access hip hop from Venezuela or the songs of the Canadian Inuit online, what does that mean for the identity of music and musicians? Can the music of a Kora player born in Glasgow be as good as that of a Kora player from Mali, or a folk fiddle player from Glasgow? Is there a danger that as the globe contracts, we will end up with less and less musical diversity?

Presenter Nikki Bedi will be joined by Eska, a Londoner with Zimbabwean roots who is being hailed as one of Britain’s most exciting new singer songwriters. Also on the programme, Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale, who has collaborated with numerous musicians from around the world, and Don Kipper, an award-winning seven piece band specialising in Klezmer and traditional music from Greece and Turkey.

(Photo: Don Kipper and band)

Musical Identities20160430

Musical Identities20160430

As part of the Identity Season this edition of Global Beats features musicians affected by migration and cross-fertilisation of cultures and ideas.

Now that musicians from anywhere in the world can access hip hop from Venezuela or the songs of the Canadian Inuit online, what does that mean for the identity of music and musicians? Can the music of a Kora player born in Glasgow be as good as that of a Kora player from Mali, or a folk fiddle player from Glasgow? Is there a danger that as the globe contracts, we will end up with less and less musical diversity?

Presenter Nikki Bedi will be joined by Eska, a Londoner with Zimbabwean roots who is being hailed as one of Britain’s most exciting new singer songwriters. Also on the programme, Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale, who has collaborated with numerous musicians from around the world, and Don Kipper, an award-winning seven piece band specialising in Klezmer and traditional music from Greece and Turkey.

(Photo: Don Kipper and band)

Musical Identities2016043020160501 (WS)

As the globe contracts, we will end up with less and less musical diversity?

Philippines20161217

Philippines20161217

Philippines20161217

Philippines20161217

In the second of three programmes from East Asia, Nadine Jacinto discovers some of the most exciting new Filipino music.

Philippines20161217

In the second of three programmes from East Asia, Nadine Jacinto discovers some of the most exciting new Filipino music.

Philippines20161217

In the second of three programmes from East Asia, Nadine Jacinto discovers some of the most exciting new Filipino music.

Philippines2016121720161218 (WS)

In the second of three programmes from East Asia, Nadine Jacinto discovers some of the most exciting new Filipino music.

Philippines2016121720161218 (WS)

In the second of three programmes from East Asia, Nadine Jacinto discovers some of the most exciting new Filipino music.

Reggae2017041520170416 (WS)

The magnetic younger brother of Ska and Rocksteady, reggae with its heavy bass vibrations was irresistible when it appeared in the late 1960s in Jamaica. It would go on to become one of the most loved music genres around the world..

Reggae musicians sang of the enslavement, poverty, oppression, and resistance which coloured Jamaica's history. Its conscious lyrics are just as important as its sound, as typified by the master, Bob Marley.

David Amanor explores just how far Reggae has travelled with musicians such as South Korean outfit Oriental Showcus who've just released their debut album, a youthful band from Mozambique who ironically go by the name of Gran'ma. The Hempolics from the UK treat us to a master class in how they produce their very particular sound, and Israeli group Ana RF bring a very distinctive Middle Eastern flavour to their brand of reggae. Plus a young artist from Senegal, Dread Vivas, tells us why his love of reggae spurred him on to learn to speak English so that he could really connect with the sentiments expressed in the music he loves.

Credit: A closeup of a red, black, green and yellow pattern, Credit: Getty Images

Rock2014111620141119 (WS)

music from The Wanton Bishops, Dakha Brakha, Baby Metal and Geomungo Factory

Rita Ray presents some of the most exciting and newest rock from some of the most unlikely places. The Wanton Bishops for example are from Beirut, but their musical homeland is the southern states of the US. They recently made a pilgrimage tour to Texas which was filmed for a documentary.

There is also a growing rock scene in India, as well as Angola, where musicians and fans alike find it the best way of expressing the violence they have lived through and the anger and frustration they often feel.

Dakha Brakha is an all-female Ukrainian band fast winning fans with a highly inventive, high energy sound which often includes rock elements. Rock tends to dominated by men, but in Japan Baby Metal is a somewhat bizarre but very popular combination of cute girl trio and heavy metal.

Also in the programme, two examples from opposite corners of the globe – Finland and Korea – of rock sounds produced by instruments not traditionally associated with rock. Geomungo Factory from South Korea create a totally modern rock sound with ancient Korean zithers. Alamaailman Vasarat (which translates as Hammers of the Underworld) produce their avant garde rock with saxophones, clarinets, percussion, cellos, pump organ and grand piano. There is no guitar in sight!

Sauti za Busara20170218

Sauti za Busara20170218

Global Beats heads to one of Africa’s best music festivals - Sauti Za Busara, in Zanzibar. The festival returns after a year’s absence with a stunning line-up including artists from Cameroon, Reunion, Somaliland, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Morocco, the Seychelles, and of course Tanzania. Presenter Rita Ray, will be talking to our pick of the bunch, and bringing you the best of the stage performances, and all the atmosphere as well.

(Photo: Grace Barbe)

Sauti za Busara2017021820170219 (WS)

The pick from one of Africa’s best music festivals - Sauti za Busara, in Zanzibar

Sauti za Busara20170318

Sauti Za Busara2017031820170319 (WS)

The second of two programmes featuring African artists performing at this year’s Sauti Za Busara festival, this edition of Global Beats is an acoustic treat.

We asked some of our favourites to record songs especially for us in the idyllic setting of Zanzibar’s Stonetown.

They include Karyna Gomes from Guinea Bissau, who has a voice as seductive and free flowing as liquid honey; Bluesman Roland Tchakounte from Cameroon who is spine-tingling in this stripped back incarnation; and Rajab Suleiman, a kanun player from Zanzibar who is refreshing the island’s traditional taraab music, partly by returning to a purely acoustic sound.

(Photo: Karyna Gomes and her band)

Sauti Za Busara20170318

This month, Rita Ray presents the second of two programmes of stunning highlights from the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar.

South Korea2016111920161120 (WS)

Bernie Cho introduces our pick of the freshest, most exciting artists in Korea right now.

South Korea20161119

South Korea2016111920161120 (WS)

South Korea is famous for K-pop, slick girl and boy bands with millions of fans around the world and now a multi-million dollar industry. But South Korea also has a vibrant independent music scene, with bands playing every genre of music you can think of, and, as Global Beats discovers, increasingly seeking their own distinctly Korean sound.

Presenter Bernie Cho introduces our pick of the freshest, most exciting artists in Korea right now, including rapper Yoonmirae who is giving Beyonce a run for her money with gorgeous R&B anthems and has collaborated with husband Tiger JK to produce some of her country’s biggest hip hop hits.

Danpyunsun and the Sailors (pictured) are as different from a perfectly coiffed and polished K-pop act as it’s possible to imagine, with a wild haired frontman making prog-folk magic on guitar, accompanied by a furious violinist and off-piste percussion. Jambinai and Jeong Ga Ak Hoe bring traditional Korean instruments roaring into the future, playing them with the gusto of a rock bass guitarist.

Neon Bunny samples old Korean songs, turning them into hypnotic, electronic melodies. Goonam have a vintage, trippy sound, which is winning fans at home and at festivals overseas, and last, but not least, 3rd Line Butterfly are an award winning indie band who perform a stripped down version of one of the their most beautiful songs, exclusively for Global Beats, which you can watch on this site.

South Korea2016111920161120 (WS)

South Korea is famous for K-pop, slick girl and boy bands with millions of fans around the world and now a multi-million dollar industry. But South Korea also has a vibrant independent music scene, with bands playing every genre of music you can think of, and, as Global Beats discovers, increasingly seeking their own distinctly Korean sound.

Presenter Bernie Cho introduces our pick of the freshest, most exciting artists in Korea right now, including rapper Yoonmirae who is giving Beyonce a run for her money with gorgeous R&B anthems and has collaborated with husband Tiger JK to produce some of her country’s biggest hip hop hits.

Danpyunsun and the Sailors (pictured) are as different from a perfectly coiffed and polished K-pop act as it’s possible to imagine, with a wild haired frontman making prog-folk magic on guitar, accompanied by a furious violinist and off-piste percussion. Jambinai and Jeong Ga Ak Hoe bring traditional Korean instruments roaring into the future, playing them with the gusto of a rock bass guitarist.

Neon Bunny samples old Korean songs, turning them into hypnotic, electronic melodies. Goonam have a vintage, trippy sound, which is winning fans at home and at festivals overseas, and last, but not least, 3rd Line Butterfly are an award winning indie band who perform a stripped down version of one of the their most beautiful songs, exclusively for Global Beats, which you can watch on this site.

Tanzanian Hip Hop20161015
Tanzanian Hip Hop20161015

Presenter Salim Kikeke takes a journey into Tanzanian hip hop, tracing its transformation into Bongo Flava, which incorporates hip hop, Indian filmi, taraab, muzik wa dansi, dancehall beats and its latest development into Singeli.

He talks to Dully Sykes and producer P Funk from Bongo Records, as well as prominent and upcoming artists including Fid Q and Vanessa Mdee.

The term Bongo Flava is derived from the Swahili word "ubongo", meaning brains. The genre has fans way beyond Tanzania, with the most popular artists beginning to perform in African countries like South Africa, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, as well as Europe and America.

(Photo: Tanzanian artists Pink (L) and (R) Vanessa Mdee)