5 Notable 2021 Bongo Music Trends
10 March 2021
[Photo Credit: Nandy Instagram]
By Paul A.
With each passing year, the bongo music scene keeps advancing with new trends emerging.
What we are witnessing this year (2021) is different from what we saw in 2020 and even 2019.
This article reviews the latest trends in the Bongo music scene:
Several bongo musicians have been lining up international collaborations to up their game. In 2021, we have seen Nandy team up with Koffi Olomide, Rayvanny teamed up with several international artists on his ‘Sounds from Africa’ album. These two are examples of how Tanzanian musicians are slowly taking their music to the global scene. This shift is popularizing the bongo sound to the world.
At least every prominent bongo musician has announced plans to drop an album. The trend began last year, with most projects realizing commercial success. This year, Rayvanny and Mbosso have already released their albums, while Alikiba and Harmonize will drop their projects later this year.
Diversification to New Sounds
The Bongo music has come a long way. Most musicians are taking the risk of adapting to new sounds in a bid to reach more fans. For instance, several artists have embrace Amapiano and Kwaito beats as a way of appealing to a larger audience.
Musicians are Getting into Management
Recently, Rayvanny launched his new record label; Next Level Music, intending to manage musicians. Before him, several other artists like Lady Dee and Harmonize also ventured into management in a bid to nurture talent.
Embracing Digital Streaming Platforms
In recent years, most musicians across the region have highly relied on performances to earn revenue. However, with the advent of coronavirus, revenue streams faded. Musicians have picked lessons from the crisis and are now focusing on earning through streaming apps. In this case, top bongo musicians have been focusing on promoting their streaming profiles.