X Plastaz
Maasai Hip Hop
OutHere Records
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OH 002 CD
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1Dunia dudumizi (Maasai Hip Hop Version)4:28
2Msimu kwa msimu (Maasai Hip Hop Version)4:20
3Wachaga piga chata 3:35
4Ushanta 5:12
5Kutesa kwa zamu 4:16
6Aha! 3:55
7Kusanyikeni 4:26
8Haleluya 4:17
9Not ready 5:21
10Bamiza 3:08
11Kitita 3:59
12Shika lako 4:20
13Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki? 4:38

Only little music has found its way out of East Africa in the past years. Almost unnoticed from the rest of the world a new generation of musicians has created its own style: Bongo Flava. This mix of Hiphop with local melodies and swahili lyrics quickly became East Africa’s number one selling popmusic, rocking the airwaves of newly formed private radiostations in and around Tanzania. X Plastaz and their album Maasai hip hop sets out to introduce this sound to the rest of the world. X Plastaz have taken the Bronx invented hip hop culture into their homes in Arusha (A-Town), a city in northern Tanzania. They have created a unique style that fuses local Maasai a cappella chants with rapping in Swahili and Haya languages. Although the Maasai people have become an internationally known symbol of rural lifestyle, in Tanzania they are often seen as backward and not fitting into modern urban society. X Plastaz proved that Tanzania’s cultural heritage could be meaningful beyond the village level. Today X Plastaz is one of the big names on the local Tanzanian hip hop scene. Having grown up in a poor area of Arusha town they talk about what it means to be young and African looking for a perspective in a globalised world. The song Ushanta (day job) tells the story of a man who tries everything to find a way to get by, from driving a minibus to preaching, to mugging. Msimu kwa msimu (season to season) adresses the topic of true and false friends who “are there as long as the sun is shining, but will drop you when times are rough”. In Aha they rhyme about their relationship to Maasai culture “…We would make fire under a tree, consuming meat and milk in the traditional way... Please don't laugh, even if it’s funny.” In Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki? “…when we pass away, on the day of judgement give us the chance to regret, because we know that we act evil, we use every possible method: magic, crime, anything so that we can get food and clothing… Chorus: What’s the crime of the poor, what’s wrong, what is right...” X Plastaz are: X Plastaz: Ruff-Nell (Nelson Buchard, R.i.P.), Gsan (Godson Rutta), Ziggy-Lah (Abdalla Minja), Merege (Yamat ole Meibuko), Dineh (Diana Rutta), Steve (Steve Rutta)