Composer, Multi Instrumentalist, Vocalist
Msafiri Zawose is an admired Gogo musician from Bagamoyo, a sleepy coastal town in Tanzania. He hails from deep musical roots as the fifth child of Dr. Hukwe Zawose (the 20th century Gogo giant whose own pioneering work led to global recognition, tours, awards, and led to a collaboration with Michael Brook on Assembly). A popular traditional sound, Gogo music mixes local instruments with multiple vocalists.
Surrounded by musicians and spending his days at art school, Msafiri began learning music and picked up the ilimba at a young age. By his13th birthday, he had already mastered all of the signature Gogo instruments and was touring widely throughout the country. His international debut was a three-month tour to Japan singing, dancing, and playing ndono, ngoma, and marimba with his father’s group Chibite. After his father’s untimely death in 2003, Msafiri resolved to pick up where his father left off.
With his charismatic style, prolific song-writing and multi-instrumentalist skills, Msafiri breaks open tradition by pioneering Gogo-fusion music. In late 2012, he began fusing his unique style with modern electro-acoustic sensibilities which opened new avenues for exploration.
In the spirit of creating fresh, dynamic music with strong regional identity, VOM invited Msafiri to collaborate for a song to contribute to the Beyond Music competition. While in the studio in Arusha, Msafiri's prolific talents mixed with Alex Lobulu's adept producing and broke open master-works of Gogo-fusion, a new genre for VOM.
Tutafanyaje - Musical Arrangement/Song Composition/Instrumental/Vocals