Bongo flava is the nickname for Tanzanian R&B/hip hop music is mainly as a derivative of American hip hop, with additional influences from reggae, R&B, afrobeat, dancehall, and traditional Tanzanian styles such as taarab and dansi, a combination that forms a unique style of music.
Lyrics are usually in Swahili or English. The name 'Bongo Flava' is a remix of 'Bongo Flavour,' where 'Bongo' is the plural form of the Swahili word 'Ubong,' meaning 'Brain,' and is a common nickname used to refer to Dar es Salaam, the city where the genre originated. In the bongo flava, the metaphor of 'Brains' refer to the street smart of the mselah. Watch this video gig: