This is a video from the Upcoming EP called ABACUS which will be released at the end of the month. It was shot in various locatons in Chicago. Wakazi aka The Bilingual Beast is from Tanzania, and raps in English and in his native Swahili. He started to get a buzz around africa when he competed in the Don Jazzy Enigma Beat competition, and later featured on stage by Ice Prince (Chocolate City) on the Chicago leg of the United Sounds of Africa Tour last fall.
Wakazi started rapping at young age in Tanzania. In high school, he became popular with his performances during talent shows. He never took it seriously because of pressure from family to pursue other things. It was until he moved to Chicago in pursuit of the American Dream, where his love for Hip Hop was rejuvenated.
In a short period, the self proclaimed, “Bilingual Beast” has gone from Freestyling, recording demos, performing in festivals, opening up for big acts like Ice Prince and 2face Idibia, and finally becoming a seasoned performer. He has evolved from a young child in the streets of Dar es Salaam, to a lyrical giant who sees nothing else than Work Ethic and Dedication as being the keys to success. After years of commitment and dedication to his craft, Wakazi is poised to become Tanzania’s leading Ambassador in Africa and in the Music World.
His signature Blend of English and Swahili rhymes caused him to be dubbed the “Bilingual Beast”, but his ability to tell a story and clever use of wordplay and metaphors, seem to be his real Strength. His ability to create context for the listeners is unparalleled, and he credits that to his personal life experiences as well as his imaginative part of the brain, which is sometimes more vivid than life itself.
Wakazi believes he has something to prove to first Tanzania, and then the rest of Africa, that he deserves a spot among the Best. With the release of Three Mixtapes (MYU: The Trilogy) in the past year, “Abacus EP” and his debut Album “Kisimani LP” slated to drop soon, Wakazi has set the platform with which his dreams could be fulfilled. The sky is the limit for this TZee Emcee.
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