Msafiri Zawose

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Msafiri Zawose is a Gogo-fusion musician from Tanzania.

Gogo music derives its distinctive sound from the mixture of a variety of unique instruments and vocal harmonies indigenous to the Wagogo, an ethnic group that historically inhabited central Tanzania. Msafiri is a master of traditional Gogo instruments such as the limba (thumb piano), filimbi (flute), zeze (bowed/plucked lute), ngoma (hand drums), and marimba (xylophone).

Born into a family that honors tradition, Msafiri is the son and musical heir of Hukwe Zawose – a musical giant who was a founding member of Tanzania’s post-independence National Dance Troupe and who toured and recorded extensively as part of Peter Gabriel’s Real World roster from the late 1980s until his sudden passing in 2003. Hukwe left a lasting legacy, but Msafiri has stepped into the limelight with his own take on traditional Gogo music, fused with a variety of contemporary influences. Msafiri has developed his individual style over the course of seven commercially released albums. In 2017, Msafiri’s album "Uhamiaji" was released on Soundway Records to widespread acclaim. In January 2020, Msafiri and Penya, a UK-based electronic dance music quartet, released their deeply collaborative "Penya Safari EP" with On the Corner Records.

Performing solo or leading a larger ensemble, Msafiri has developed a phenomenal live act – balancing virtuosic instrumental playing with rich, evocative vocals, electronics, and songwriting that effortlessly switches from deeply moving to joyously uplifting. Msafiri has toured extensively throughout the world having performed and led educational workshops in the Unites States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Recently, Msafiri was a co-winner of the Beyond Music Project, a by-invitation social networking platform and musical collaboration project. In April 2019, Beyond Music invited Msafiri to record with Beyond Music Artistic Director and multiple Grammy-award winning producer Larry Klein. Msafiri’s single “El Clavel Del Aire,” co-composed with Argentinian singer Mariana Baraj, was subsequently featured on Beyond Music, Vol. 1: Same Sky (2019).

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KOMALE "REAL TANZANIAN ZAGAZE AFRO CLUB GROUND SOUND"
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SABABA - NDANI YA MJI PEKEE DUNIANI WENYE MILIMA ILIYOKUTANA!!

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KOMALE "REAL TANZANIAN ZAGAZE AFRO CLUB GROUND SOUND"
ONE OF THE BEST MODERN TWIST, EVER!!
SABABA - NDANI YA MJI PEKEE DUNIANI WENYE MILIMA ILIYOKUTANA!!
SABABA - Wimbo wenye Taharuki Duniani!!
TUNAKULILIA - Audio By (Msafiri Zawose, Akenna, Mizzo Talent, Asaph, Riky Remy, Rajabu Elias.)
John Pombe Magufuli Mwanaharakati wa Ukombozi Alivyowagusa Wengi Duniani
Msafiri Zawose - Live MNYAMWANA
LIVE - MAKANIGALE by Msafiri Zawose
Msafiri Zawose ft Saranya - SABABA (Official Video)
Sababa - Msafiri Zawose ft Saranya
Mami - by Msafiri Zawose live @ Bagamoyo
Msafiri Zawose - AMSTERDAM
KuLaWa - APF Tanzania by Msafiri Zawose
PAKAZIA
Msafiri Zawose - TUPAMBANE Official Video
Umakini by Msafiri Zawose
Kunyemo live - Msafiri Zawose
Live AB - Msafiri Zawose
Hapa duniani - Msafiri Zawose
Makanigale - Msafiri Zawose
Mazingira Yetu (official Video 4K) - by Msafiri Zawose and Anna Saggi
SIMANZI by MSAFIRI ZAWOSE, OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
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Makanigale - Msafiri Zawose
kukaaya - Msafiri Zawose
Makanigale - Msafiri Zawose
MNYAMWANA - Msafiri Zawose
NYAKATI - Msafiri Zawose
Pole Pole live at the Total Refreshment Center (London, August 2017)
Msafiri Zawose - Asili Yangu (remix flan) Official Music Video
Bara la Africa - Msafiri Zawose with MuTa
Mbukwa ("Updates") Msafiri Zawose - Tanzania
"Sisitizo la Amani" by Msafiri Zawose
Mpango Mzima - ft Msafiri Zawose & Arvid Rask.
Experience Tanzanian Culture w/ Msafiri Zawose!
Msafiri Zawose - Live, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago - July 11,2012.
"Kukaaya" live - Msafiri Zawose
"Ramse Wana" Msafiri Zawose, Banning Eyre, & Connor Martinez Jamming
"Sungu" Msafiri Zawose @ Johnny D's in Boston
Msafiri Zawose "Bembeleza Amani" with Banning Eyre and Connor Martinez
"Mapepo" Msafiri Zawose
Msafiri Zawose "Mkungwe" Rehearsal
Msafiri Zawose (ndono) in North Carolina
Msafiri Zawose @ the LEAF Festival 2012- "Mnyamae"
Msafiri Zawose @ the LEAF Festival 2012- Ngoma
Msafiri Zawose LIVE @ Makutano House, Dar es Salaam - "Mnyamae"
APF Tanzania March 2012
Msafiri Zawose & Chibite - "Hapa Duniani"
Art Promoters Foundation (Tanzania) 3.17.12
Msafiri Zawose- "Haluse"- Music Video
"Mahela"- Msafiri Zawose & Chibite- Live in Bagamoyo
Msafiri Zawose- "Ramse Wana"
Msafiri Zawose- "Mnyamae"
Msafiri Zawose- "Msimamo Afrika"
Msafiri Zawose- "Ilima"- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Msafiri Zawose talks about traditional Gogo instruments
Msafiri Zawose - "Sungu"
Africa - Msafiri Zawose
Msafiri Zawose - Workshop in Sweden 2011
Msafiri Zawose & Friends - Chite
Msafiri Zawose - "Nyamala"

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