Meet the Executive Rapper: Angola’s Dji Tafinha
Dji Tafinha, popularly known as ‘The Executive Rapper’, is an award-winning multi-talented artist from Angola who shines as a rapper, singer, songwriter and music producer. Crowned as one of the most influential artists by Platina Line (Angola), Tafinha is celebrated for the versatility of his musical style that blends Rap, R&B, Zouk and alternative rock.
On Coke Studio Africa 2017, Dji Tafinha has been paired with Tanzanian BET award-winner signed to Wasafi Records, Rayvanny. While recording the show, DJi talked about his debut on Africa’s biggest music show saying: " I am so blessed to be at Coke Studio Africa this year because it’s a great platform for any African artist to share their music with other artists. With this kind of exposure my music can only rise to the next level."
During the recording, Dji and Rayvanny got to know more about each other’s music beyond the studio, as Rayvanny introduced the Angolan to his favorite meal from Tanzania on the show’s Cultural Exchange segment. Here we also learnt that the Executive Rapper prefers take away to home-cooked meals, because it makes it easier for him to work nonstop.
During the duo’s joint quick fire interview, it is revealed that if given a chance both artists would prefer to be on a playground than in a boardroom. This provides a background for their song Chuta – a hit off Coke Studio’s new Throwback segment that has artists making songs from melodies inspired by childhood games.
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At Coke Studio, Dji Tafinha also tried his hand at Bongo Flava by doing a cover of Rayvanny’s Natafuta Kiki and he did it justice in his own unique way. As a producer extraordinaire, Dji is currently heading one of the best music production labels in Angola; Galaxia Records and Galaxia Films.
Dji Tafinha was born as Dji Carvalho Júnior in the city of Lucapa, Angola. He started nurturing his rapping skills at the age of 12, but it wasn’t until 2008 when he kick-started his career with the song Ela So Da Bandeira. In 2016, Dji made history with his album “Filho Da Victoria” that sold its special edition 500 copies in a record 20 minutes.
Music producer from Ivory Coast Shado Chris produced the collabos between Dji Tafinha and Rayvanny, including the original song Give You All. Watch all Coke Studio performances on YouTube.com/CokeStudioAfrica