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Issue No. 0854
April 18 - 24, 2015

Entertainment

ARTS & CULTURE

By Christine Dachs

Arusha’s Cultural “Fundis” 

In a series of articles the ARUSHA TIMES visits and makes interviews and the paper came across a vital cultural scene in town (17).

Davan Trappe is about to launch his first Solo Album ‘Deepest Emotions’, produced by Watengwa Crew (WTC) in Kijenge ya Juu.

Music has its own language

AT: Your name sounds familiar here in Arusha

Davan: My grand-grandmother Margarete Trappe from Germany settled in Momella in 1907. She was the first woman hunter in East Africa. I wanted to follow into the footsteps of my forefathers becoming a hunter but things changed. I have a Bachelor in Business Administration and am working as an Assistant Manager in Whistle Thorns Cons. Ltd. We are taking care of properties.  
AT: And your passion for music?
Davan: Way back in school. I had a little book where I used to write songs of famous musicians, but I didn’t take it all too serious until my friend De la P. inspired me. I was influenced by the music of famous rappers in Arusha like Chindo , JCB or Nako2Nako Soldiers. Chindo had a big collection of beats and we recorded a song. And he said “I know, after this song you gonna come back for more beats”. I went home and made my first ever song “My life tale” with Wiseman doing the chorus. People were playing that song in the car, it gave me confidence and I went back to Chindo and asked for more beats. Simama Imara – Stand Strong, was my second song, advising fellows about the ups and downs in life. We had ideas of collaborating with big hip hop artists and then I recorded with Lavosti. He used to be with “Ukoo flani Mau Mau”. With him we recorded “Remember the names”

“With “Deepest Emotions” I try to soothe the hearts with my music, not to loose hope and stay strong”. Davan Trappe collaborated with a number of big hip hop artists. Launching Party will be End of May in Arusha.
AT: That sounds somewhat political.
Davan: My friend and my manager George Kyomushula is a poet and mastermind of the Arusha Poetry Club (APC). He posted a Poem titled Remember the Names on Facebook.  It was about paying respect, homage to African Leaders, icons like Mandela, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nyerere, Dedan Kimathi, Chief Mkwawa, Musa Kankan Musa and so many more. Mama C. said it should be like an anthem actually.

AT: And you collaborated with other artists?
Davan: Lord Eyes, he’s a Hip Hop Legend in Tanzania. So we did a song and called it “Never be the same”. And then I did another song with Chindo called “Follow your instincts” and another one with Ibra the Hustler called “Don’t lose yourself”. With De La P. I did  “Untold Saga”, followed by  “The Heartbreak” featuring P. Culture. It is part of my album, I needed emotional songs. Just go to youtube and write Davan-the heartbreak or Red Films Tanzania and you can watch the video
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AT: “Deepest Emotions” is the title of your album?
Davan: Yes, I kept on coming back for more beats and I kept on recording and recording and recording until I had like 10 songs and then the idea of making an album came up. Now it has 18 songs, including Intro, Outro and interlude done by Mama C. The songs are about deepest emotions and we put also some radio skits into it, just to make it interesting. It will be in stores and in mkito.com for sales. End of May we will do a launching party.

AT: You sing mostly in English?
Davan: I made some songs also in Swahili. But in general music has its own language; you just feel it in your heart. South Africans say it in Zulu language, most of their songs are emotional and people from here really love “Kwaito”. People don’t even understand what it is about but in Night Clubs they are dancing to it, singing along. It does not really matter what language you use.

AT: Many famous Hip Hop artists are into drugs.
Davan:  Yes, they are well known but you see they are addicted. They made really good music that made them famous, people were using them. When their music was not that good any more they stopped using them. The artists depended on their music and went into drugs. They got frustrated. Now they are addicts. I reckon the best way to move forward is just remain the same person that you are now and don’t change because you become big. Fame turns into greed and you lose yourself in the end.

AT: Any advice?
Davan: They should not look what’s behind them. I am sure anyone would love to help an addict to quit. We are alive today; it is a gift to do something good for God and the people around you. Do it, while you still have the opportunity on Earth!

 

 

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