Dar es Salaam is becoming a bit of a venue for international artists- the past five or so years has seen the likes of Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Akon, Brick 'n Lace, and other pop tarts- I mean stars- come through. More interestingly, Bongo has also been able to attract heavyweight live musicians from the continent like Oliver Mtukudzi, The Soweto String Quartet and McCoy Mrubata- all of whom I have been delighted to watch from just a couple of meters away. There is nothing quite like standing within yelling distance of these stars and being able to request favorites! Last night, that involved singing Malaika along with Angelique Kidjo and 7 Seconds with Youssou N'Dour:
Which reminds me: Sauti Za Busara 2010 is around the corner.