John Kijiko & Atomic Jazz Band — Na Tucheze Pachanga Vol. 3

Side A

Tanzania Yetu Ni Nchi Ya Furaha

Wee Zaina

Leo Kwetu Furaha

Ewe Amida Wangu

Na Tucheze Pachanga

Tanzania Yetu Tunaipenda

Tulivyo Pendana


Side B

Msaangao Umeniingia

Ooh Mpenzi Asha

Tulipokuwa Sarafini

Taabu Nyingi

Atomic Jazz


Atomic Jazz Band hail from upcountry Tanzania, Tanga to be exact, and formed in the mid-1950’s. The Latin-American rhumba-informed sounds that penetrated the continent from Senegal to Kenya and down to Congo/Zaire and beyond played a huge role in the nightlife scenes and musical developments of so many popular music movements, way too much about this to discuss on this tiny blog, Google that ish. I will say the Swahili iteration of these Trans-Atlantic musical threads is particularly charming and I hope to delve further if the opportunity arises (i.e. I somehow find a load of these tapes and/or visit Tanzania).

Bandleader John Kijiko guided this band, among others, and released massive joints throughout the 60s and 70s. More info on them at the excellent KenTanZa vinyl website.

5 responses to “John Kijiko & Atomic Jazz Band — Na Tucheze Pachanga Vol. 3”

  1. Joep says:

    Hey, I really love this album!

    I’m wondering if this album is still for sale and if I might be able to buy it (web/cd/vinyl). If you could respond in an email that would be really appreciated!

    Regards, Joep

  2. glinka21 says:

    Very nice. I’ve only seen a few cuts of the Atomic Jazz Band up on YouTube, and really enjoyed them. Thanks very much!

  3. Orion says:

    Any idea on the year of this tape?

  4. Jumapili Mujengwa says:

    It makes me remember my prime time late in sixties when I was at Malangali secondary school. Bravo Kijiko

  5. Chaeka Mwesongo says:

    Kilwa Jazz band was among the best musical band especially when you listen the tone, was really from TANGA.

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