Ison Mistari, aka Zenji Boy is a new light in Zanzibar’s hiphop scene. His song-writing is critical and conscious, with powerful lyrics and messages that deeply resonate with his Swahili-speaking audience. Ison Mistari’s live performances are highly energetic and his lyrical skills widely feared. He has earned respect and appreciation at home and abroad for the fact he usually performs live, which sadly is still the exception across Tanzania and most of the East African region.
Ison Mistari’s works were first released independently, generating an enthusiastic following in Zanzibar. Since signing with Stone Town Records and in more recent projects, he expands horizons by bringing more unique musical flavours to the mix. Incorporating traditional Zanzibari sounds with contemporary urban beats, he builds bridges connecting ancient and modern soundscapes.
Ison Mistari won Best Music Video at Zenj255 Awards 2017 and Best Male Act, 2018.