Elandre

Elandre is a Christian hip-hop artist from Tanzania. His music melds rap, poetry, African rhythm, and trap music. Elandre was born in the city of Dar es Salaam, bred in the capital of Botswana, Gaborone where he spent half his youth, he then transferred to the warm heart of Africa, Malawi. He moved back to Tanzania in 2000 to complete his high school and university studies, where he started his rap career. In 2007, he issued "Keep Movin," his debut single produced by Casy Ze Banger. The single's success brought him to the attention of the Christian rap scene. In 2010, Elandre was introduced to the late Mac Elvis, who featured him on the title track of the latter's Church Boy album. This track hit the airwaves and remained near the top of the Christian music charts for more than six weeks. That same year, Elandre released his second single, "Every Day," produced by Mac Elvis. In August 2011, he met Zambian producer Taz and was later signed to Goemi Records, immediately starting work on an album. In 2014, Elandre's debut full-length Projekt Three6teen was released. It included 12 songs, produced by Zambian producers Taonga Emmanuel Sakala (aka TAZ), alongside co-producers Morgan "The Syndicate" and Jonah Banda (aka Bizzy). The songs have enjoyed airplay on Christian radio stations and some mainstream stations in Zambia, Uganda, and Tanzania. First single "Elijah" topped the African Countdown on Spirit FM. His second single, 2016's "Bonde," also landed at the top of the African gospel charts. ~ Thom Jurek

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