#THROWBACK 2011# WHEN THE TOP ILLEST HIP-HOP ARTIST SOLO MEET SEIF KABELELE THE CONVO WILL BE SO THANG,- SOLO THANG IN THE HOUSE Y’ALL!!!

@@He is one of the top illest hip-hop artists from BONGO@@
SEIF KABELELE: Tell us briefly your background?
Solo Thang: I’m from Mbagala, Temeke District, in Dar-es-Salaam.  Solo Thang Might be a new name to the younger generation, but I have been in game since the 1990′s to 2004 when I left Tanzania to United Kingdom for studies
Before that, I made my debut album in 2001 called HOMA ya DUNIA, with hits like Vina na utata, Sukari Ina pilipili, Mambo ya Pwani… My second Album was in 2002, titled KIMA CHA CHINI (KCC), with hits Simu yangu, Si ulinikataa and Mpenzi. The third album was released in 2003, titled KILIO CHANGU.
SEIF KABELELE: After 5 years away from the game, do you think you will be relevant?
I was busy with studies and hustling while scanning the game and try to be more creative in order to push it to the next level. All that time I never stop writing rhyming and doing shows in different places in United...so yeah I still got it in me.
SEIF KABELELE: You rap mostly in Kiswahili, how is your music received in the United Kingdom?
Very well, my shows are good and after all music is a universal language and  most of my fans are originally from East Africa; they know my music and understand it. That pushes me to look on another side of the coin that calls for me to write music in English as well.
SEIF KABELELE : Any challenge in doing music more so abroad, while majority of your fans are back in Africa?
It’s kind of hard, though I’m getting used to it. But right now my focus is global. If I write a Kiswahili song, it is for everybody who knows Swahili around the world. So I try to mix a bit of both English and Swahili really. Thanks to technology that bridges the globe gap and I find it easier to sell my name.
SEIF KABELELE : Did they the three albums translate to musical or financial success?  
It depends on what your definition of success is. For me, it wasn’t near to what I expected. The market is crazy in Tanzania.
But I managed whatever I got from my album sells to do something that will benefit me like for example paying for my education in Tanzania and in the United Kingdom. In that manner, I succeeded.
The market is too dark. It is hard to even know how many copies an artist sells per album. Someone somewhere is controlling who is supposed to be paid and how much. It is crazy. That is one of the reasons I decided o be quiet for some time and see where the game is headed.
SEIF KABELELE : Have you seen the Tanzanian music market changing or evolving towards something better for artists?
It is happening all over the world now. Some people give themselves power to control things. In our market, Tanzania distributors and other promoters have more power than artists. They decide which kind of music is paying more. They even put hip-hop aside making life too hard for artists. In order to survive one might be forced to go out of line to sell an album or otherwise.
I just learnt that you can’t fight that by being a quitter, or by not releasing albums. The only weapon is to use my talent to combat that through hard Work and creativity.
SEIF KABELELE : Which studio do you work with?
So many studios from different countries: Roof Records (Ireland), Tongwe Records (Tanzania), De Fatality (Tanzania), Digital Beatz (USA), Downtown Records (Tanzania and USA), V.A.S (Tanzania), M-LAB (Tanzania) and  Native Hip-hop (Kenya).
Any hip hop artist you’ve featured?
I have Chibwa, Jay Moe, Linah, Chidy Benz, Zillah, Kayvo K-force and Kimathi  Marshal...............
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