BirthdayDecember 0, 1947

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Remmy Ongala

    Full name: Remmy Ongala
    Also known as: Remmy Ongala, Ongala, Remmy
    Professions: Soundtrack, Composer

  2. Remmy Ongala Death information

    Died: Monday, 13th of December, 2010 (Age: 64)

  3. Remmy Ongala Biography

    Ramadhani "Remmy" Mtoro Ongala (1947 – 13 December 2010) was a Tanzanian guitarist and singer. Ongala was born in Kindu near the Tanzanian border, in what was Belgian Congo at the time, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.A rising musician since the late 1980s, Remmy Ongala was part of the soukous scene (a Congolese kind of Rumba), which in conjunction with his Orchestre Super Matimila (named after the businessman who owned the band's instruments) he helped to transmute to the Tanzanian music often called Ubongo, the Swahili word for brain, in Tanzania, which in turn led to Tanzanian hip-hop particularly in the city of Dar es Salaam during the 1990s. Ubongo is usually perceived by artists and listeners alike as "conscious" music, one that actively contributes to Tanzanian soundscape with socio-political commentary. Believing in the abolishment of racism and social injustice, Ongala infuses his lyrics with these messages. His inspiring message has led him to be nicknamed "Dr Remmy". Following the end of British colonial rule in 1961, Julius Nyerere introduced the value of Ujamaa, or familyhood, which emphasized equality and justice. Such became a recurring theme in many Tanzanian artists' music, including Remmy Ongala.His song "Kipenda Roho" was used in Oliver Stone's film Natural Born Killers.He was reported to have died at his home on 13 December 2010 in Dar es Salaam.Posthumously, he received the Hall of Fame trophy at the 2012 Tanzania Music Awards.

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