Mapanya Band is an energetic, young and dynamic band from Zanzibar, Tanzania. The seven musicians with different backgrounds and musical styles, fused their musics and started the Mapanya Band in 2015. Mapanya in Swahili means „rats“. These animals can never relax, and similarly, the musicians are always searching - for new styles and different tastes, different ideas to make new music: The „Mapanya style“. It is a mix of reggae, soul, R&B, afro-fusion, arabic and especially taarab music styles, with hints lots of hip-hop influences. Mapanya has given very successful performances at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2016 and 2017, the Nafasi Art Space in Dar Es Salaam in 2017, the Bagamoyo Festival of the Arts in 2017, the DCMA Special Eid Concert in Zanzibar also in 2017 and the renowned Sauti za Busara Festival in 2018.
Richard Lumambo - guitar, vocals
Juma Baraka - keyboard, vocals
Salum Mpute - bass guitar, vocals
Japhet Vicent - guitar, vocals
Ferdinand Ngomoi - percussion, vocals
James Clemence - drums, vocals
Tryphon Evarist - accordion, vocals