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Msafiri Zawose

Msafiri Zawose

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Msafiri Zawose is currently one of the most admired Gogo musicians today. His father, Hukwe Zawose (1938-2003) was a musical giant, an influential figure in post-independence Tanzania. Born into a family that honors and values tradition, Msafiri is determined to preserve this rich musical heritage. Msafiri has established himself as a positive musical force within Tanzania, preserving tradition, but with a modern twist. He has been able to maintain close ties to his traditional Gogo roots, while creating a new and exciting energy that is contagious to anyone who hears it. While artists in Tanzania are adopting international styles such as hip-hop, reggae and r’n’b, Msafiri has built a sound that no one is able to mimic. Singing in both Swahili and his native Gogo language, the music is truly based in the environment and the people that shaped its authors, who aim to share experiences with their fellow Tanzanians and with the world. Even for those who do not understand the language, the passion and energy are deeply universal.

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