GWAII

GWAII

 Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

"African Culture Meets Hip Hop Music Marries Reggae Consciousness Creates a one of a kind World Music sound" ******In the vein of Damien Marley, WyClef Jean, Tupac Shakur and K'Naan

Biography

With a fresh mix of Kiswahili and English vocals and a blend of Hip Hop[e] and Reggae beats, GWAII’s sound is as eclectic as his personality. His upbringing in various parts of East Africa has influenced his music as well as his personal outlook on life. The name GWAII, which is an acronym for “God With All I and I”, stems from his deep spiritual beliefs and faith in God.

He grew up listening to Gospel, Soul, Hip Hop, Bongo flava, Reggae and Jazz music and credits Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur among his main musical inspirations. At age 18, after graduating from high school in Dar Es Salaam, GWAII moved to Malawi with his parents. With little access to his old classmates and having to adjust to a new social environment, GWAII spent many days alone in Malawi. It was during this time in solitude where he became heavily involved in martial arts and music. As he reflected on his days in boarding school in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, he began writing down his thoughts and developing them into lyrics.

In his first song, “Bling Bling Shwaide,” GWAII reminisces about his youth and a connection he shared with a group of friends in Tanzania who called themselves “One Brain Squade.” The title “bling bling” references hand-made African jewelry made from beads and wood, unlike the American Hip Hop use of the term describing diamonds. Several months later, GWAII relocated once again to Zambia, where he met a local producer and recorded the music and lyrics for “Bling Bling Shwaide.”

It was at the studio in Zambia where he learned how to create music bars and nurtured his song writing skills. His next move would come in 2004 on a student visa to the United States. While enrolled in a Michigan college, GWAII studied philosophy and was a member of the soccer team. However, as he continued to write music between classes, his passion for his cause grew even stronger. He left the college after just one year and immersed himself in his music by networking with local producers in Detroit and Chicago.

GWAII released his self-titled EP in March 2010. The album features four original songs and two bonus tracks. He describes his music as “energetic, positive, and conscious” and doesn’t shy aware from unpopular topics such as crime, government “poli-tricks,” life after death, spiritual redemption, respect for women, his love for music, and appreciation for his family. At the forefront of nearly all of his songs, GWAII pays homage and celebrates African culture and history such as the case on the anthem “Afrikan Man,” which references leaders of black consciousness and thought such as Nelson Mandela, Frederick Douglas, Kwame Nkrumah, Steve Biko, Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey.

A true artist and never one to turn down opportunities to display his talent, GWAII has also been featured in several independent movie projects including the award-winning short film The Divine Macchiato, Pasipo, and Baby Powder/Jake Productions, along with several commercials and music videos.

FESTIVALS
African World & Caribbean International Festival - Detroit
Tanzanian Independence Day Celebration – Chicago
Museum of African American History Kwanza Celebration - Detroit

COLLEGES
Wayne State University – MI
Rochester College – MI
Grand Valley State University – MI
Grand Rapids Community College – MI
Michigan State University - MI

SHOWCASES
Obama Inauguration Party – Pontiac
One Eight Entertainment – Detroit
Club Sevin - Pontiac

CHARITY PERFORMANCES
Save Albino Concert – OH
Community Block Party – MI

WEBSITES:
www.myspace.com/gwaii1
www.facebook.com/gwaiithyword
www.youtube.com/gwaiithyword
www.babkubwa.com
www.swaggabovu.com

Lyrics

Afrikan man

Written By: GWAII

In the beginning was the Word
And the Word was with God
And the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning
Through Him all things were made without Him nothing was made that has been made
In Him was life and that was the LIGHT of MEN
The LIGHT shines in the darkness but the darkness has
Not understood it.

Afrikan Man ready for the run
Searching for the truth, searching for the truth
Afrikan Man ready for the run
Searching for the truth, searching for the truth

Gwaii gonna let u know wisdom desire
Baptize by fire mtoto ndo Afrika tunakuja
Fasta mziki kufanyika tunafanya kweli
Mama Baba wanadisalia kama unabisha
Skia kwenye speaker

This is the one listen to the vibe.
This is the one listen to the vibe.

Lazima tuseme mwana wa mtume
Hapana kuficha lazima
Yah man de rude bwaii I never jeopardize
Never criticize never gonna stop better realize

This is the one listen to the vibe
This is the one listen to the vibe

Lazima tuseme mwana wa mtume
Hapana kuficha lazima tuseme me---

Afrikan Man ready for th e run
Searching for the truth, searching for the truth
Arikan Man ready for the run
Searching for the truth, searching for the truth

Power to the people tupac calypso
Martin Luther King, Malcolm X
F. Douglas, Steve Biko, Marcus Garvey
I didn’t forget
Father Mandela, Barack Obama, Kwama Nkrumah
I didn’t forget J.K. Nyerere
Power to the people Haile Selassie
I didn’t forget
Ziggy zao zao I didn’t forget
Listen to the story this is a bless
Ziggy zao zao I didn’t forget
Listen to the story this is a bless

Ukweli tunasema kwasa babu
Sisi eti mwenyezi mungu katupa
Chake nini chake ndo
Kipaji kama vipi basi
Is a gift is a bless sikiliza ngomaa

Afrikan Man ready for the run
Searching for the truth, searching for the truth

Afrikan Man Bling Bling Shwaide
Afrikan Woman Bling Bling Shwaide
Afrikan Girl Bling Bling Shwaide
Shwaide, Shwaide

Afrika Afrika Afrika Tanzania
Afkia,Afrika Afrika Ethiopia
Afrika Afrika Afrika Kenya Uganda

(Repeats)
Afrika Afrika Afrika Afrikan Man
De Man Man - Man

Kazaa Kamua/Work It Out

Written By: GWAII

(Intro)
TanZion

(Chorus)
Kazaa Kazaa Kamua
Kazaa Kazaa Kamua
Kazaa Kazaa Kamua Kamua Kazaa Kamua
Work it, work it, work it out
Work it, work it, work it out
Work it, work it, work it out
Work it out, work it out

(Verse 1)
Yah man yah man is your brother Gwaii
International speaking for the truth
Searching for the truth
Positive thinking Hakuna Matata
Napenda Kusema Bling Bling Shwaide
A man need a woman
A woman need a man
Father never mistake Bling Bling Shwaide
A man need a woman
A woman need a man
Father never mistake
Mdogo Mdogo tutafika kwa jina
La Baba Alfa na Omega
Reggae Muzik Hip Hope Muzik
Soul Muzik Kazaa Kazaa Kamua

(Chorus Repeats)

(Verse 2)
If you wanna dance u dance
If you wanna sing u sing
If you wanna play u play
Hey Hey Hey
Kama unataka we cheza kama unataka
We imba kama unataka kucheza cheeza
On the eazzy very very buzy
Hamna mda mda wa kusize
A B C D E F G H I J K – Kazaa Kazaa Kamua
Gwaii man never gonna stop the muzik
I told you long time Here I Come
It doesn’t matter anymore what dem say
Man we shall get there kwa Baba

(Chorus Repeats)

(Bridge)
Everybody listen, listen to the message
The message from Jah Jah One love, One love
Everybody listen, listen to the message
The message from Jah Jah One love, One love
Rastafari , Rastafari, Rastafari, One love, One love
Rastafari, Rastafari, Rastafari, One love, One love

(Chorus Repeats)

(Small Bridge 4x)
Tuna kazaa Kamua oh yeah

(Chorus Repeats)

Discography

Self-Titled Debut EP - GWAII

Bonus Tracks:
1. Royalty feat KODAC
2. Welcome feat Wakazi

Set List

GWAII's current set list is 15-30 minutes long depending on the needs of the event/venue. He is also available to emcee and freestyle. His music is compatible with genres in the following categories: World, African, Reggae, Hip Hop.

1. Afrikan Man
2. Kazaa Kamua/Work It Out
3. Bling Bling Shwaide feat Agile
4. Here I Come

Compilations:
A. Royalty feat KODAC
B. Welcome feat Wakazi