Alikiba declares himself king of bongo flava music, describing his rivals Diamond Platnumz and Harmonize as musical mediocrities in the song “Mediocre.”
The struggle for the bongo flava crown is a fierce one. Diamond Platnumz and Harmonize are the biggest contenders for the crown of bongo flava music in Tanzania. Alikiba implies in his “Mediocre” song that both are using dark powers in their attempt to steal the crown from him.
The track brings to the fore, once again, the issue of rivalry in music. The three artistes mentioned at the outset were previously friends. When Harmonize left Diamond Platnumz’s WCB Wasafi record label, he momentarily got closer to Alikiba and the pair even promoted a show together.
They apparently fell out again – else Alikiba would not have scoffed at the musical competencies of the “Afro East” mwanamuziki who founded the record label Konde Music Worldwide following his exit from WCB Wasafi.
In Alikiba’s “Mediocre” single, he songster is adamant not everyone can be king. So having declared himself king – long accentuated by the banging alias King Kiba – he expects his rivals to fall in line: accept positions behind him.
But will they? Sung in the Swahili, the song is currently trending in Tanzania, thanks in part to its incendiary language. Scroll down for “Mediocre” audio, video, and lyrics by Alikiba, whose birth name is Ali Saleh Kiba.
Alikiba Mediocre Lyrics
Yeaaaaaah Ooolalah Como estas [VERSE 1] You call me Kibaka, They call me King Kiba Baba Keyaan, Toto la Mama Kiba Njaa mi nashiba, unaishi kwa kuniiga, And I’m Alright Ushamba mwiko kwa mtoto wa Kariakoosi Chezi na dada zangu, nacheza na dada ako Mixer mkong’oto We unauza siso, mi ndio bishooo Iga na ku-stop uone, huchuliziki hata tone Mi nafanya wimbo, we unafanya skendo, uonekaneee [BRIDGE] Marekani Nishatimba, Ulaya yote nishatamba Tena Unatukana, unakuja unajigamba Unajiona mjanja unatamba sana Mediocre …..yeaaaah [CHORUS] Mediocre, speed ya mediocre, mediocre yeaaaah Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre [VERSE 2] Yeaaaaah yeeeiyeee, pluu mpaka chini -PIGO Unataka U-King na Mafundo Mimi ndio BABA… King-dom…. Kingdom Tena mnajishow, huyu Komandoo Stage mafundo, wachafu wa roho, waongeza zero Kwashungu NO, kwashungu NO, no no My people… No no, como stas Yo I have been in the game for 18 years I’m still around, still ON TOP Gyaldem Sugar [BRIDGE] Marekani Nishatimba, Ulaya yote nishatamba Tena Unatukana, unakuja unajigamba Unajiona mjanja unatamba sana Mediocre …..yeaaaah [CHORUS] Mediocre, speed ya mediocre, mediocre yeaaaah Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre
Alikiba Mediocre Audio
Alikiba Mediocre Video
By the way, who do you think merits the bongo flava crown? Share your thoughts in the comments.