Geoffrey Tumaini aka Dudubaya is a Tanzanian rapper and bongo flava artist. Born in Mwanza, one of thirteen children. When not in school, he spent much of his youth working and singing in church. Godfrey went to Morogoro in 1998 to join the seminary and fulfill his dream of becoming a priest. But after four years, something had changed… he made the decision to leave the seminary and study architecture at the local University. As his focus shifted from priestly studies to college town clubs, his eyes were opened to another world. Dudu Baya vividly recalls his first visit to a nightclub, Morogoro’s Mango Garden. “I had never seen such a tightly-packed crowd moving as one. It was the music, it was giving them energy.” In 1997 Godfrey was introduced to rap and his “king” – Tupac Shakur. Calling himself “Double G” (Godfrey Gangster), he began writing his own lyrics and developing his style. While attending a Mr. Too concert with another aspiring rapper, Suloemain Msindi a.k.a. Afande Sele, they were invited to perform on-stage. Afande Sele passed on the opportunity, so “Double G” got on stage and rapped over a UK beat to a huge response. Mr. Too, the biggest rapper in Tanzania at that time, invited him to join his tour… and Dudu Baya’s musical career had begun.
Dudu Baya’s lyrics are inspired, thought provoking and often personal. Reflecting on real issues in today’s world, his songs challenge the listener to be accountable for their actions. And the breathtaking beats underneath means he’s got just the formula to make them listen. Dudu Baya’s first single, Mwanangu Huna Nidhamu, was produced in 2000 at Master Jay (MJ) Records in Dar es Salaam and told the story of a loving father and his unappreciative, disrespectful son. In addition to young fans, the message of this song appealed to an older audience and helped them communicate with their children. It was a smash hit, and distinguished Dudu Baya as a man with a mission. He quickly sought out MJ Records and Sound Craft Studios to produce his first album, titled Ni Saa Ya Kufa Kwangu (“My Time to Die”). Dudu Baya tackled the subject of HIV on both the title track and Dege La JeshI, which tells the story of a “Malaya” (promiscuous woman) who wields HIV as a weapon against men. The momentum was building now, and Dudu Baya was asked to perform at Summer Jam 2000 (now called Clouds Fiesta).