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D’Bass delivers unique performance at Showcase Wednesday – VIDEO and PHOTOS

The hit song Utanipenda by Diamond Platnumz has a very sweet melodic intro recreated and performed by Mbwana Mtulia, a singer, bassist and Ganun during this week’s Showcase Wednesday at the Alliance Francaise.

The intro was created from the Ganun, a 10th century ancient Egyptian string instrument which compliments the hit song with heart rhythmic tempo.

D’Bass played a key role in the creation of the beats for the hit single.

Tanzanian singer and bassist Mbwana Mtulia better known as D’Bass Ganun (left) performs with his band during Showcase Wednesday at Alliance Francaise on January 23, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Tanzanian singer and bassist Mbwana Mtulia better known as D’Bass Ganun (left) performs with his band during Showcase Wednesday at Alliance Francaise on January 23, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

D’Bass learnt how to play the Ganun from his father, who is an expert in the instrument. His family comes from the Ndengeleko tribe from the island town of Rufiji.

They have incorporated the instrument into their traditional music in creating sound which delivers memorable listening experience.

Singer and dancer Catherine Chuma performs on stage during the Showcase Wednesday on January 23, 2019 and headlined by D’Bass Ganun from Tanzania. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Singer and dancer Catherine Chuma performs on stage during the Showcase Wednesday on January 23, 2019 and headlined by D’Bass Ganun from Tanzania. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

The near two hour performance to an enthusiastic audience showcased sweet music from Tanzania popularly known as bongo music.

Backed by a full band and singer-dancer Ms Chuma, the music moved the audience to its feet.

D’bass has had the opportunity to work with renowned musicians from across Africa such as the late Oliver Mtukudzi, and our very own Eric Wainaina.

From left: Val, David and Lorna pose for a picture during the Showcase Wednesday in Nairobi on January 23, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
From left: Val, David and Lorna pose for a picture during the Showcase Wednesday in Nairobi on January 23, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU