Known for his love for Bongo Flava music, minutes after his death announcement, Bongo Flava artists led by Diamond Platnumz, Rayvanny, Juma Jux, and Khadija Kopa hit the studio to record a special tribute song for their departed President John Pombe Magufuli.
Some of the stars spotted in studio include; Lava Lava, Malkia Karen Gnako, Belle 9, Dulla Makabila, Queen Darleen, Zuchu, Khadija Kopa, Mbosso, Rayvanny, Juma Jux, Shilole, Marioo, Baba Levo, Christina Shusho, Ben Pol among others.
The late Magafuli was a big fan of Bongo Flava Music. During the 2020 General Election campaigns almost all artistes campaigned for him and the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Party.
He had a special connection with the musicians, In July last year he managed to bring together nemesis Diamond, Harmonize and Alikiba at State House during a special lunch that had been organized by CCM.
In his speech, Magufuli mentioned that he was happy to see the three who are always competing for the crown of the Bongo Flava King share a Table, because it proves that Tanzania is bigger than their individual differences.
On December 31, 2019, President Magufuli made a surprise phone call to Diamond Platnumz in the middle of his show in Kigoma, applauding him for flying high the Bongo flag and being a good role model in the industry.
The Head of State, disclosed that he had wished to attend Diamond’s concert and be part of history as the musician celebrated ten years of his music career.
Magufuli’s death was announced by Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu, who said that the head of state died of heart complications on Wednesday, at around 6PM.