TID is a Bongo Flava musician from Tanzania, whose real name is Khalid Mohamed (born 1981 in Dar es Salaam). TID is an acronym of Top in Dar, in which "Dar" refers to Dar es Salaam, his hometown. He is best known for his hits "kiuno" "Nyota yako" "We dada" "Zeze" and "Siamini".[1]

TID at the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Biography edit

He started singing in 1994 with a group known as Black Gangsters. He turned solo five years later. At the age of 21 he signed with Poa Records. His first single "Mrembo" was released in March 2002. He did also act the main role on the film "Girlfriend", a film about the Bongo Flava scene.[2]

He has toured in East African countries, United Kingdom and United States.[2] He performs with a live band called Top Band.[3]

His hit "Zeze" is included in the Global Soul compilation by Putumayo World Music.[4]

In 2008 he was sentenced for one year in prison for an assault.[1] He was released four months later.[5]

In May 2010, it was reported that he was assaulted by professional basketball player Hasheem Thabeet in a night club in Tanzania. Thabeet, through his agent, has denied being involved with any altercation that night although he was present at the night club.[6]

Discography edit

  • "Sauti ya Dhahabu" (2002)
  • "Burudani (2005)
  • "Kiuno Viuono" (2012)
  • "The Vocalist (2019)

Awards edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b The Citizen, 25 July 2008: TID's Mother in Shock After Son's Jailing
  2. ^ a b c Fly Global Music, October 13, 2004: Who's Who in Bongo Flava
  3. ^ Drum.co.ke, September 16, 2009: T.I.D gears for Mombasa concert
  4. ^ Putumayo World Music: Zeze
  5. ^ The Standard, December 12, 2008: TID released from jail
  6. ^ My FOX Memphis Thabeet's Agent Denies Fight Took Place Archived 2010-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Kisima Awards: Winners 2008 Archived 2009-12-12 at the Wayback Machine

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