Country Tanzania Genres acoustic pop fusion Festival Sauti za Busara 2014 Recordings
Nuru Nyikani (2009), Wakukaya (2012)
Ashimba is a Tanzanian singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He released his debut album “Nuru Nyikani” (on Maisha Music label, produced by Jakob Poll) in January 2009.
His style is a combination of East African music, with elements of Afropop and acoustic music. In addition to Swahili, Ashimba sings and writes in various indigenous languages. His lyrics talk about Tanzania, its rich nature, everyday life and the importance of traditions, as well as the occasional friction that is created as the modern, globalized world rubs up against them. Joy and sorrow often walk hand-in-hand in Ashimba’s soulful songs.
In January 2012 Ashimba with producers from Finland, Jussi Jaakonaho and Teho Majamäki, finished the final recording sessions in Bagamoyo with Ashimba and local Tanzanian musicians. One of the highlights of those sessions was a visit from the legendary taarab singer from Zanzibar, Bi Kidude. She is featured on two songs.
Ashimba's latest album "Wakukaya" was released on the 17th of August 2012. It is released by the labels Grandpop Records / UduMood Music.
In Sauti za Busara festival Ashimba will perform with the same band that play on the Wakukaya album.
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