Binti Afrika Biography, Swahili Dub Music, Top Songs, Albums, Awards and Key Achievements

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How Old and Where is Binti Afrika from?

Artist as Singer Songwriter: Binti Afrika, Queen of Swahili Dub

Name: Grace Iseme

Date of Birth: 2nd January 1981 ( 40 years)

Genre: Swahili Dub, Afro pop

How did Binti Afrika Start her music career?

Popularly known as the “Queen of Swahili Dub”, Binti Afrika real name Grace Iseme was born on the 2nd of January 1981 and started her music career in 1999 as a member of a group called Kreative Mynds. The group was made up of her high school classmates and friends. Together they did a hit song dubbed ‘Mo Fire’ which was produced by the renowned producer Clemo of Calif Records.

The group disbanded after High school. Binti Afrika proceeded and pursued university education after which she became a mum and decided to embark on a solo music journey.

In the period that followed, she worked with several top East African musicians including; Nonini, P-Unit, Mchizi Gaza, Shirko and Berry Black from Zanzibar.  Some of her top projects at that time included; ‘Mtoto Mpotevu’ ft Nonini and ‘Nimekosa’ ft Berry Black from Zanzibar. 

What is Swahili Dub and How was it Born?

Swahili Dub is a sound that is heavily influenced by the original Jamaican sound system tradition of heavy bass lines and roots reggae then blended with the Kiswahili language and her own Swahili vibrations. The sound has been warmly received by fans, far and wide and the fan base continues to grow. 

Swahili Dub was born after Binti Afrika collaborated with Mungo’s Hi-Fi; one of the UK’s leading Reggae sound systems, on their first East African tour in 2016.

Binti Afrika’s Top Songs

  • Niwe Wako
  • Siri ft Mr Bado
  • Kilio cha Mtaa ft Don Blaze
  • Taking Over Rmx
  • Barua kwa Serikali
  • All About Loving You
  • Access Denied
  • Mtoto Mpotevu
  • Take it Slow
  • Taking Over Me

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Binti Afrika’s Albums

  • Sauti Inawika – 2016
  • Currently recording an EP which is due for release later this year
  • Working on first Reggae album titled ‘The Lioness Re-born’

Binti Afrika’s Awards

  • Nominated for Kisima awards in 2007
  • Won Most Outstanding Coast Artist at the 2012 Coast Music Awards

Binti Afrika’s Key Achievements

  • Her song ‘Journey’ was recently featured in the top 20 Reggae songs of 2020 in the Oslo reggae charts. 
  • In 2017, she was blessed to embark on her first international tour to Oslo, Norway together with Nazizi, Kenya’s first lady of Hip-hop and Reggae Dancehall courtesy of East African Records. 
  • Graced many big stages including; Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja, Uganda and Kenya’s Reggae in the Sun.

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