Ngoma Africa Band brings it with ‘Bongo Dansi’
Misani | 6/20/2013, 2:47 p.m. | Updated on 6/25/2013, 2:47 p.m.
“The Ngoma Africa Band belong to the fans,” said Ebrahim Makunja, the East African, Tanzanian-born founder of the group of musicians based in Germany. “Musicians are just the servants. We are the first African band from Tanzania to use its music as a cross-cultural bridge to the world.”
Dubbed “The Golden Voice of East Africa,” the band, which has a rapidly growing fan base, was founded in 1993 by Makunja. The live performances of the six-member group, known for its signature danceable music, “Bongo Dansi” or “Mziki Wa Dansi,” has garnered rave accolades from numerous festivals and passionate applause from German fans.
“When we apply the extraordinary ‘Bongo Dansi’ or ‘Mziki Wa Dansi,’ the fans find our rhythm and beat unique. It penetrates their souls. The crowd becomes crazy, and then they go wild as their spirit become one with the spirit and soul of the Ngoma Africa Band!” exclaimed Makunja.
The other band members are the multi-talented soloist Christian Bakotessa, Said “Jazbo” Vuai, Mo Benda, Aj Nbongo, Jessy Ouyah, Diva Bedi Beraca, Bedi Bella and Jonathan Souza.
Ngoma Africa Band’s current album, “Mama Kimwaga” (“Sugar Mum), includes the singles “Apache Wacha Pombe” (“Stop Over-Drinking Alcohol”) and “Anti-Corruption Squad,” as well as the single “Jakaya Kikwete 2010”. Most of the songs are written in various East African languages, including Swahili and Kiswahili, the spoken languages of Tanzania and its neighboring East African countries.
To listen to the Ngoma African Band, visit www.ngoma-africa.com. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June is here, New York. Femi Kuti, our 2010 Cycle 2 host, is our Cycle 8 host for spring/summer 2013. We’re elated as we try t o keep up with the prolific Kuti, one of the most prolific international entertainers/activists in show business today. Kuti’s unique artistry and world-renowned live performances with his incredible band, the Positive Force, will be at SummerStage on June 23. The shows will feature music from Kuti’s new studio album, “No Place for My Dream,” out June 25 on Knitting Factory Records (www.knittingfactoryrecords.com)