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Title: "Dr. Ramazani "Remmy" Mtoro Ongala (Sura Mbaya)
Post by: MwanaMokili on May 11, 2018, 13:23

Ramazani "Remmy" Mtoro Ongala (1947 10 Feb – 13 December 2010) was a Tanzanian guitarist and singer.
Ongala was born in Kindu near the Tanzanian border, in what was the Belgian Congo at the time, and now is the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Remmy Ongala travelled to Dar es Salaam where he joined Orchestra Makassy in 1978, and later broke off to form
his own band Orchestre Super Matimila (named after the businessman who owned the band's instruments).

Ongala's tune are reminiscent of T.P.O.K Jazz but he sang predominatly in Swahili in a style he called 'Ubongo', the
Swahili word for brain.  He mostly sang about social topics like the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Corruption,  urbanisation and
unity and fidelity between a man and his wife. This led his fans to nick-name him Sauti ya Mynoge (voice of the poor man).

Some of his major Hits are Mariam Wangu :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSx5WvgqwoE



Sauti Ya Mnyonge ( The Poor Man's Voice) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKUag6Esf20


Siku Ya Kufa ( The day of one's Death ) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQot3b0Py1o

Karola :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ7p49yIkQQ

Asili Ya Muziki ( The Origin of Music) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXV1u-VJrg8



Remmy Ongala exported his music abroad and for a period was based in Sweden, and he toured prominently in Europe.
Even as he toured, his message was still on topical issues, translating his songs to English for the European audience :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIpfIKMhHec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNPTpwC2rXg

 He is regarded as one of Tanzania's greatest composers/singers.