For the past 15 years the Tanzanian megalopolis of Dar Es Salaam has had one of the most exciting underground electronic music scenes in East Africa. A constellation of micro-scenes from Mchiriku, Sebene and Segere all the way to its latest mutation of Singeli that finally after years of lurking in the underground has exploded into the mainstream and taken over Bongo Flava as the music of choice amongst Tanzania's youth. Born in the sprawling working class neighborhoods of Tandale and Manzese, Singeli's signature sound consists of fast paced frantic loops interlocking with each other, with influences from Zanzibars Tarab music all the way to South African afro-house coupled with mc's who often spit satirical lyrics about the challenges facing Tanzania's youth, from police corruption to the complications of dating girls when you are broke.
NYEGE NYEGE SHOWCASE.
Making their bow at this year’s No Bounds is one of East Africa’s most enthralling electronic music collectives: Uganada’s Nyege Nyege. The collaborative crew has won praise around the world for their thrillingly open-minded, forward-thinking approach to global musical fusion, which was initially showcased at events in their home city of Kampala and via their associated Nyege Nyege Tapes label and festival. Combining the traditional and contemporary – think soukous and tribal rhythms mixed with elements of techno, hip-hop and abstract electronica – the collective will be represented at No Bounds 2019 by Slikback.