Barnaba Biography, Music Career, Top Songs, Awards, Relationships, Net worth and Much More

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How Old and Where is Barnaba Classic from?

Artist as Singer Songwriter: Barnaba Classic

Name: Elias Barnabas

Date of Birth: 8th August (Early 90s)

Genre: Bongo Flava

How was Barnaba’s early life?

Barnaba Classic formerly known as Elias Barnabas was born and raised in Moshi-Kilimanjaro Tanzania in the early 90s. He was born in a musical family, with his mother Maria A. Loice, being a choir mistress, and his dad father Barnaba E being a pastor and a guitarist. Barnaba is the first among 3 siblings. Growing up in church with parents who loved music, Barnaba developed interest in music and started off at a tender age. He performed in streets, churches and school.

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How did Barnaba start his music career?

In early 2000, Barnaba started off his musical career by vocals training in churches as earlier stated. Later on at the age of 17 years, one of his friends linked him up with Tanzania House of Talent to try out his luck in Hip hop music, but his interests changed after he was given a guitar. In 2007, he registered to study music, and recorded his first hit ‘Baby I Love You’ the same year. A few months later, he dropped ‘Njia panda’ featuring fellow star Pipi. ‘Njia Panda’ introduced him to the Tanzanian music industry, and propelled him to stardom. He proceeded to release several songs, and less than 5 years later he became a household name in the Tanzanian music industry, getting several recognitions for the same. In addition to singing, Barbaba is widely known and boasts of exemplary song composition, and guitar playing skills; where is a master of the bass guitar and rhythm guitar. He also plays the piano.

Barnaba Top Songs

  • Njia Panda
  • Siri ft Vanessa Mdee
  • Washa
  • Lover boy
  • Wahalade
  • Ngoma ft Aslay
  • Nibembee
  • Chausiku ft Vanessa Mdee
  • Sichomoi
  • Isweke
  • Hawajui
  • Kizunguzungu
  • Chuna buzi
  • Anamalele ft Shilole

Signings and Labels

He is the founder of High table sounds. Under the label, Barnaba Managed to sign three artists namely: Ziddy Value, Mullaobbo and Humble prince.

Barnaba Awards and Nominations

  • 2011 Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards (KTMA)- Zouk/Rhumba category
  • 2012 Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards- best male Vocalist
  •  2013 Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards - best Musician of the year

Is Barnaba married and does he have children?

Despite being a music star and celebrity in Tanzania, Barnaba has kept his personal relationship very private. It is not clear where he is dating or not, with some reports indicating that he is allegedly in a relationship with Tanzanian businesswoman Raya the Boss. With her they reportedly have two children; Steve Golden Barnaba and Elias Queen Barnaba.

Questions you asked…

  • Who is Barnaba’s Wife? He is currently dating businesswoman Raya the boss.
  • Does Barnaba have a son? Yes, Steve.

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