Moses Zamangwa | Afrika Yetu

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Afrika Yetu

by Moses Zamangwa

Let's Sax the African way
Genre: World: African- East
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chapanga Sengulai
4:05 $0.99
2. Visiwani
4:46 $0.99
3. Vandu Makoko
4:35 $0.99
4. Africa Let Us Celebrate
4:14 $0.99
5. Vailet
3:42 $0.99
6. Rangi Yetu Ya Njano
3:42 $0.99
7. Tambalika Mwana
3:33 $0.99
8. Uzalendo
5:50 $0.99
9. Mwamba Ni Yesu
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Afrika Yetu is Kiswahili language which means “Our Africa”. This is a collection of my own compositions that are a daring and promising to revive our African traditional music. In this album I fuse jazz with traditional music. The album songs tell stories of our forgotten Tanzanian culture.

The vision is to preserve or remind people of our traditions and things we used to do before technology invaded our lives. Most of the songs in the Afrika Yetu album explains of things our parents/grandparents used to do or some are still doing them in villages, things like how a mother will put her child on her legs to poop, the way we used to eat ugali etc

1. Chapanga Sengulai
Chapanga Sengulai means thank you God in Ngoni language, the music is Ngoni tradition music fused with South African music. It was composed in 1999
2. Visiwani
Visiwani means Islands, the music is traditional music from islands from Tanzania and coastal area. The idea of this song came while I was walking in streets of Zanzibar and hearing their music

3. Vandu Makoko
Vandu Makoko mbonju nyama means people can be like poison and fierce animal like Buffalo can be eaten as meat. Mwenga mwilya nyama nenga mkunipela mandondo naha lepa – meaning It is not fair that in the same table you eat meat and I’m given beans. In Tanzania and most part of Africa, meat is usually part of the meals of well-of family and beans and green vegetables are for the poor family.

4. Africa let us Celebrate
This songs tells Africa needs to celebrate because God has favoured. There are lot things to be proud of, only few mentioned like Tanzanite, Mount Kilimanjaro and Victoria Falls. The song was composed in 2000 while I was still playing a guitar.

5. Vaileti
The song tells Vailet to cook big ugali so the family can eat together. It explains the old Tanzanian tradition of family eating in one plate. Nowadays in urban areas families do not eat together or spending time together, everyone is busy with their phones.

6. Rangi ya Njano
Our national flag has four colours – blue for the ocean, rivers and lakes, green – rich agricultural resources, black – people and yellow (njano) – mineral resources. Rangi ya njano inalia means the yellow colour is crying – Tanzania is rich in mineral resources but they are not benefiting its people.

7. Tambilika Mwana
This is our tradition of a mother putting a child on her legs to poo, her legs are becoming a pot. This tradition increase the bond between mother and child.The music is ngoni music (Ngoni is a tribe from Southern of Tanzania) fused with West African music.

8. Uzalendo
Uzalendo means patriotism – the song encourages people about being patriotic and loving our country Tanzania by taking care of our environment like planting trees and taking care of our sources of water for the benefit of our nation. The intro talks about a guy called Kalumakenge who has bad habit of stepping on seedlings and young plants.

9. Mwamba ni Yesu
Mwamba ni Yesu means Jesus is our rock, He is our rock therefore we can take everything we go through to Him. This is an old1970s gospel song which I decided to modify it.



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