Wahapahapa Band is a group of six musicians from Tanzania looking to boldly take our
distinct sound to the rest of the world and offer them a taste of the richness of the language
and the life experience of the Swahili people.
Wahapahapa means ‘originates from here’ in Swahili, the language of our country,
Our music is a unique blend of homegrown music inspired by diverse Swahili traditions and
influences of contemporary world music.
Our band members have performed, individually and as a group, at the following festivals/
-Mundial Festival in The Netherlands (2004)
-Mela Festival in Oslo, Norway (2007)
-Bagamoyo Art Festival in Bagamoyo, Tanzania (2008, 2009, 2010)
-Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha in Bangalore, India (2008)
-Coco Beach Concert (2009)
-Sauti za Busara Music Festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania (2009-2017)
-Mzalendo Festival (2010)
-Barazani Jazz Concert (2011)
We have also held successful concerts here in Dar es Salaam in collaboration with other
local artists (please see Youtube video links below).
PST;PAUL NDUNGURU (“ZERUBABEL)
Acoustic guitarist, lead singer and the writer of all Wahapahapa songs.
Holds an art diploma in dancing and fine art from the Bagamoyo College of Art.
He has done several international music collaborations, including with musicians at the
Falun Folk Festival (Sweden), as well as being a part of the Bring the Noise group – a
collaboration of diverse musicians from ten African countries performing together across
several African countries (Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Uganda) and in the United
Bass player, vocalist and music arranger.
He has extensive experience playing at various international venues including those in
Europe, Canada, Gambia and Japan.
Holds a postgraduate Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
He was one of the founding members of the renowned Tatunane Band.
NORMAN BIKAKA (“TYULI”)
He has worked with several international artists, including Chiwoniso from Zimbabwe with
whom he toured in Norway and performed at the Mela Festival in 2007.
Traditional percussionist (traditional ngoma/drums) and vocalist.
An international drum player, Fujo has worked with several dance companies in Sweden,
Denmark and Finland. He has also performed at various festivals, including Mundial
Festival (Netherlands) and WOMAD (London).
HAIDARI MOHAMED (“ZUNGU”)
He has performed at festivals in San Francisco (US), Sweden, Holland, and Malawi.
He was one of the founding members of the Africali Band.
TWABA MOHAMED (“BRANKA DANG”)
Multi-percussionist (rhythm drums, shakers & marimba) and vocalist.
He was the founder member of Oya Group and has toured multiple times around Japan.