Dully Sykes

Dully Sykes

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Dully Sykes (born Abdul Sykes in 4 December 1980) is a Bongo Flava musician from Tanzania


Also known as Mr Misifa or Mr Chicks, Dully Sykes is a dancehall artist in Tanzania. He has performed in the UK. Following the footsteps of his father Ebby Sykes, a "Manu Dibango-type musician", Dully Sykes is one of the pioneers of Swahili dancehall in East Africa and widely known for dropping hits like 'Julieta', 'Salome', 'Historia ya Kweli', 'Leah'. Some of the tracks he has written are based on true life stories.

After the first album 'Historia ya kweli' which was released in 2003 people started calling his music 'Mwanasesele', Swahili for a high squeaky noise. With the song 'Handsome' and album by the same name, he became one of the biggest names in young urban music in Tanzania. In his third album, he proved that he is not only an artist but a fully-fledged musician by mixing different music styles showing his versatility without compromising or changing his unique African voice.

To prove that he is multi-talented, he has been producing music at his newly formed Dar es Salaam record label called 'Dhahabu Records' and continues to write songs. He has delivered hooks to lots of artists from Man X's 'Nimechezea Bahati' to P-Funk's 'Please Forgive Me'. One of his tracks titled 'Handsome' can be found on the African Rebel Music "Roots reggae and dancehall" CD compiled by international record label, Out Here Records.

Being in the limelight, Dully is no stranger to controversy or headlining the gossip columns of newspapers. From being caught by traffic police driving a mini-bus when he was at the age of 12 to using pepper-spray at a concert after having a row with the boyfriend of a girl he was flirting with, newspapers always have something to talk about huyu mnyamwaizi ni waukweli walahi walahi nakuelezeni akiingia katika chorus huwaga akosei kabisa kama lile chorus kaliimba na mnyama wangu professor jay chorus lingine kaliimba na mnyama sharo ambae kwasaivi ni marehemu wahindi wanasema margee salaa... kiujumla sykes akosei ful respect mnyama
Dully Sykes, Nyambizi, and Controversy

Not only has Dully Sykes received controversial attention for his actions and police record, but he has also garnered criticism for his lyrical content and the images in his videos. To date, his most controversial song in probably Nyambizi, a tale of his sexual experiences with a "nyambizi", which is slang for a "large voluptuous woman." Released as a single in 2001, the song was attacked by various organizations for its lewd lyrics, which include lines like "Aah! Nyambizi can't you feel sorry for me? I'm tired of jackin' off. Please give it to me" and "We did it till dawn, she didn't want me to stop, we did it without a condom."

Critics had a few reasons to complain about the single. Because Tanzania has such a strong Muslim influence, sex talk in public is considered a taboo and thus avoided at all cost. Furthermore, with HIV and AIDS being such a huge problem in Africa, to seemingly glorify unprotected sex was seen as both dangerous and stupid. In response to the public outlash, radio stations refused to play the song, but it nevertheless continued to be requested by radio listeners and the single sold well.

Dully Sykes' music videos are also full of controversial images. Videos for some of his songs like "Kuche Kuche" and "Hi" are full of dancing scenes that depict men and women freaking or grinding to the beat, a popular yet racy style of dance. Another video in which Sykes is featured, "Suga Mami" by Mac Dizzo,[8] shows consumption of alcohol and more sexually suggestive images. In a country like Tanzania, where a large percentage of the population has decided Christian or Muslim values, these actions are taboo, but in Sykes' videos they are glorified. Whether these images detract from or add to his sales and popularity is up for debate, but as it is now, Dully Sykes is a very popular bongo flava artist in Tanzania today.


Historia ya Kweli (2003)

Handsome (2004)

Hunifahamu (2005)


Bongo Hottest Flavas: Volume 1
Ndani ya Bongo: Volume 1
Kwa Fujo Deejayz: Volume 1
Kwa Fujo Deejayz: Ladha Zaidi
Kwa Fujo Deejayz: Mlipuko wa Bongo Cuts
Gede Records: Pasua Kichwa
Bongo Halisi (2004)
G-Project: Bongo Project Volume 1 (2005)
Fungua Mwaka 2005 (2005)
Pamoja Ndani Ya Game (2006)
African Rebel Music: "Roots, Reggae and Dancehall" (2006)

2011 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Video and Best Ragga/Dancehall Song ('Action' with CPWAA, Ms. Triniti & Mangwair)
2012 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Ragga/Dancehall Song ('Maneno Maneno' with Queen Darleen)
2004 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Hip Hop Album ('Handsome')
2007 Tanzania Music Awards - Best collaboration ('Dhahabu' with Joslin[disambiguation needed] and Mr. Blue)
2008 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Reggae/Ragga Song ('Baby Candy')
2010 Tanzania music awards - Best Ragga/Dancehall Song ('Shikide')
2012 Tanzania Music Awards - Best Male Artist, Best Video ('Bongo flava'), Best Afro Pop Song ('Bongo flava')

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