Matonya whose real name is Seif Shaban is a Tanzanian bongo flava musician. He became famous with his hit single ‘Vaileti’.
Matonya Early Childhood
Matonya is the second child in the family of four. He received his primary and secondary education in Tanga. He later moved to Dar es Salaam to put more effort into his career as a musician.
Matonya Career in Music
His career in music began when he was in school and together with his friends Seif, Mark, Rama and Davie formed a group known as Diborn Circle. They recorded their first single known as Tuko Pamoja (We are Together) in 2000. The group later broke and Matonyo persued solo career.
In 2013 he released his first album ‘Uaminifu’. The album helped promote his name as one of the Bongo Flava’s most respected artists. It was his second album, ‘Siamini,’ released in 2006, which stamped his name as the year’s (2006) most loved artist. The album features collaborations with Mr Blue, Mwana FA and Joslin.
- Taxi bubu
- Dunia mapito
- Spare Tyre
- Spare Tairi
- Dunia mpito
- Spea Tairi
- Spear tairi
- Anita ft. Lady JD
- Spair Tairi
- Taxi Bubu (Ft. Fid Q)
- Spair Tire
- Spea ya tairi
- Mrembo Feat Shakii
- Matonya ft J.D (A Dj Ken Refix
- Anita Anita ft. Lady JD
- Anita ft Lady JD
- Abilia Chunga Mzigo Wako
- Ni wewe
- Ndio Wewe
- Ina maana
- Anita Feat. Lady JD
- Vaileti 3
- Spea Tairi
- Mule Mule
- Anita ft Lady Jadydee
- Karibu (feat. Mr. Blue)
- Namtafuta Mrembo
- Matonya-Utakufa nami
The Bongo star Matonya was once the top earning artiste in East Africa back in the day. After releasing a series of Songs such as Vaileti, Anita and Taxi Bubu that made him famous, the talented singer is no longer active and is said to be languishing in poverty.
He faded so fast. Pictures of the Vaileti hit maker in a rather sorry state have surfaced online with his situation being attributed to over drinking.
Matonya Relocates to Kenya
Source: Nairobi News
Bongo flava artiste Matonya, who has been hibernating in Kenya for about three months, has refuted claims that he relocated to the country to avoid prosecution on drugs related charges back home in Tanzania.
The flamboyant musician, who a few years ago was a force to reckon with in East Africa with chart topping hits such as Vaileti, Anita and Spare Tai, has denied the allegations terming them as mere rumors fabricated by his haters whose intention is to damage his image.
“Sijatoroka Tanzania kwa sababu hiyo, unaona hata listi ambayo imetajwa (referring to the list of names of fellow Tanzanian musicians suspected of drug peddling which was released by their government earlier this year). Matonya hakuwa pale. Matonya ni mtu safi na hizo ni stori zinakuwa kwa ajili ya kuniharibia jina” he said.
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(I haven’t run away from Tanzania because of that. You saw the list of suspected drug peddlers that was released. Matonyas’ names wasn’t listed. I’m a clean chap and all these are just stories fabricated to tarnish my name).
Pressed further as to why he has had an extended stay in Kenya, the singer, who isn’t doing very well currently in the music world as the yesteryear, explained that its because he is deeply involved in various business projects in the country which also include buying and selling of vehicles.
Matonya, who has since released new tracks Nyumba Ndogo (Mpango wa Kando), becomes the second Tanzania musician to relocate to Kenya following in the footsteps of Mr Nice who is said to be living in Thika.
Mr Nice, of the Fagilia fame, has been leaving in the country trying to revive his once glamorous career no avail.
Another Tanzanian gospel musician Rose Muhando, who rose to fame then came crumbling with rumours of her getting into a drugs, had also stated few months ago that she would be relocating to Kenya for good in search of peace.