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Bongo Flava

Bongo flava is a nickname for Tanzanian hip hop music. The genre developed in the 1990s, mainly as a derivative of American hip hop, with additional influences from reggae, R&B, afrobeat, dancehall, and traditional Tanzanian styles such as taarab and dansi, a combination that forms a unique style of music.[1] Lyrics are usually in Swahili or English.

The name "bongo flava" is a corruption of "bongo flavour", where "bongo" is the plural form of the swahili word ubongo, meaning "brain", and is a common nickname used to refer to Dar es Salaam, the city where the genre originated.[2] In the bongo flava, the metaphor of "brains" may additionally refer to the cunning and street smarts of the mselah (see below

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