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Country Zanzibar Genres hiphop taarab zenji flava Website www.instagram.com Festival Sauti za Busara 2020, 2021 Recordings
Nani Niliomkosea, 2017; Sina Hakika na Kesho, 2018; Monster, 2018; No Place Like Home, 2018; My Talent, 2018; Mazabe, 2019; Zenji Boy, 2019
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.
Zenji Boy won Best Music Video at Zenj255 Awards 2017, Best Male Act 2018 and Best Artist of the Year at the 2021 Zanzibar Youth Awards.