• The fierce contest was sparked off by rapper Khaligraph Jones who recently dared Bongo rappers to showdown saying he was a better rapper than them.
• Khalighraph, also known as Papa Jones, has since made his threat real and released a 5-minute diss track directed at his Tanzanian counterparts.
Musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur Esther Akoth popularly known as Akothee has steered clear of the supremacy contest between Kenyan musicians and their Tanzanian counterparts.
The fierce contest was sparked off by rapper Khaligraph Jones who recently dared Bongo rappers to showdown saying he was a better rapper than them.
"Tanzanians, your rappers have 24 hours to respond. Failure to which I will launch an attack and I will take over the whole Tanzanian music industry and become the best rapper in Tanzania, just like I am the best rapper in Nigeria and Kenya!" the rapper, who also goes by the name Papa Jones said in an Instagram post.
The Tanzanians responded in kind with Harmonize claiming he gave the OG the only award he has won this year and didn't know it would make him feel big and disrespect his brothers.
"You really know all your rap inspiration is from Tanzania bro. Don't forget home!" Harmonize said on his Instastories.
"Unawajua Weusii, what about your daddy Professor Jay? Your level is Lunya and Con Boy county boy and still wanakulalisha! You can tell kupitia your collaborations. OG relax, TZ hip hop is another level!" he added.
Taking to her Instagram page on Sunday, Akothee said she does not want to be dragged into the drawn-out feud between Kenyan and Tanzanian musicians.
She said Tanzanians are her friends and she has no time to partake in fighting them.
"Hee, msiniite kwa vita vyenyu na Watanzania, mimi sina nafasi ya kuitwa mweusi. Mimi Watanzania ni marafiki zangu, kwanza Wakenya mlishasema siimbi, most of my fans are coming from Tanzania so msiniwekelee," she said in a video reel.
"Wacheni kunitag kwa vita yenyu na Watanzania," she said in a caption.
Papa Jones has since made his threat real and released a 5-minute diss track directed at his Tanzanian counterparts.
In the track titled 'Bongo Favour' released on August 26, the cocky rapper has gone ham on Tanzanian artists calling them out for sleeping on the job.
"Nimefanya TZ mbogi ipanick wakiona OG amejam zogo, big rappers mbona mna plans ndogo?" he starts off in the five-minute diss track.
"Somebody had to tell these guys that wana-burn photo. Kusema kweli Bongo rap imenilea but mnalegea na ndio maana nawa-dare, sijakosea but some of you people need a prayer, Bongo rap has been the same ever since mmpoteze Ngwair," he adds.
Ngwair was a phenomenal pioneer Bongo rap artiste who died on May 23, 2013, while on a trip to South Africa.
Since Ngwair's demise, Papa Jones claims, Bongo rap has been so silent it's like listening to a choir comprised of mute people.
"Mnashinda Insta mkipiga picha na luku mbaya....sahi labda mniletee Noorah ama Joselin....an nimewafanyia favour kuwapatia platform, coz Bill Nass of late been doing the worst songs," he says.
Noorah is another of Tanzania's pioneer artist whose music career started in the early 2000s.
His first song Vijimambo hit no 1 all charts in Tanzania before he released an all-time hit song dubbed Ice Cream in 2004 which still hits the hearts of a lot of his fans to date.
It remains to be seen how the Tanzanians will respond to Khaligraph's diss.