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A bare-chested Diamond Platnumz was surprised by his record producers last week when they rocked up at his house with a cake iced with YouTube's logo to mark a milestone for the Tanzanian pop star. As he was filmed getting dressed, the year-old was proudly told by his team that he was the first sub-Saharan African singer to get one billion views on his YouTube channel. A post shared by Wasafi Classic Baby! Over the last 10 years, the award-winning musician has popularised "bongo flava" - a uniquely Tanzanian offering: romantic melodies with an urban beat influenced by traditional taarab music from the East African coast. It is difficult to assess the real significance of the one billion figure, given that Diamond Platnumz has more followers on Instagram than he does subscribers on YouTube - 9. DJ Edu says Instagram is more of an influencer of lifestyle and new platforms such as TikTok, which allows a second copyright free use of songs, are a great way of getting younger fans. More importantly for musicians in Africa, over the last decade YouTube has allowed them direct access to an audience, rather than relying on TV stations. Diamond Platnumz still languishes behind some North African stars, who have huge followings in the Middle East. And then there are African artists based elsewhere such as Malian-born singer Aya Nakamura, who trumps the be-jewelled Tanzanian musician, with more than 1.
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As in other countries, the musical production in Tanzania is constantly undergoing changes. Music listened to by Tanzanians today stretches from traditional African music or the string-based taarab to a distinctive hip hop known as bongo flava. The melody is also the national anthem of Zambia. In Tanzania, Swahili lyrics were written for this anthem. Bongo Flava is one of the newer Tanzanian genres, developed in the s, and is a fusion genre. Its name denotes the Swahilisation of global music forms by incorporating Tanzanian musical and linguistic elements. The current trend among Tanzanian music consumers has started changing from international popular music towards favouring products from their local artists who sing in Swahili , the national language. The more than ethnic groups of Tanzania have developed a large number of specific traditional musical and dance styles with corresponding instruments. The Zaramo people, for instance, perform traditional dance, such as " Mitamba Yalagala Kumchuzi " on tuned goblet drums, tuned cylindrical drums, and tin rattles. The multi-instrumentalist Hukwe Zawose , a member of the Gogo ethnic group, was the 20th century's most prominent exponent of Tanzanian traditional music.