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 extensively as part of Peter Gabriel’s Real World roster in the 1980s and 1990s. 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. Performing solo or leading a larger ensemble, Msafiri has developed a compelling live act that balances 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.

Having commercially released six full-length albums, Msafiri continues to tirelessly evolve his sound through a growing list of collaborations with a wide range of international labels, producers, and artists. In 2017, Msafiri’s album Uhamiaji was released on Soundway Records, an award-winning London-based independent record label. In January 2020, Msafiri and Penya, a UK-based electronic music quartet, released Penya na Msafiri Zawose with On the Corner Records, another London-based label. Msafiri and Penya have continued to collaborate as WEMA, a supergroup including New York producer Photay. WEMA’s self-titled, debut album is scheduled for release on April 29, 2022. The result of a separate collaboration in 2021, Dutch producer Feiertag and Msafiri's song “Trepidation” is featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 22, a video game published by Electronic Arts, one of the world’s major video game publishers.

Msafiri was a co-winner of the Beyond Music Project, a by-invitation social networking platform and musical collaboration project, in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Recently, Msafiri was nominated for the “Experimental Music” award at the 2021 Sondeka Awards as well as “Best Traditional Song of the Year” at the 2021 Tanzania Music Awards where he won “Best Male Traditional Musician.”

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LEO LEO - Msafiri Zawose X T.Roy (Shaku Shaku Project)
Feiertag - Trepidation feat. Msafiri Zawose (FIFA 22 Official Soundtrack)
Msafiri Zawose - Live MNYAMWANA

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LEO LEO - Msafiri Zawose X T.Roy (Shaku Shaku Project)
Feiertag - Trepidation feat. Msafiri Zawose (FIFA 22 Official Soundtrack)
Msafiri Zawose - Live MNYAMWANA
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!!
John Pombe Magufuli Mwanaharakati wa Ukombozi Alivyowagusa Wengi Duniani
TUNAKULILIA - Audio By (Msafiri Zawose, Akenna, Mizzo Talent, Asaph, Riky Remy, Rajabu Elias.)
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
CHIBITENI
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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