Tanzanian rap legend, Professor Jay, has made a triumphant return to music with the release of his new EP, “Nusu Kuzimu Nusu Peponi” (Half Hell, Half Heaven). This four-track project marks his first musical offering since battling kidney problems that kept him hospitalized for several months.
The EP’s title reflects Professor Jay’s resilience in the face of adversity. “Nusu Kuzimu” (Half Hell) represents the dark period he endured during his illness, while “Nusu Peponi” (Half Heaven) symbolizes his recovery and renewed sense of hope.
The EP opens with the introspective track “Hayakuhusu,” which finds Professor Jay reflecting on his journey and the lessons learned during his time of hardship. The song is a powerful testament to his unwavering spirit and determination to overcome challenges.
The second track, “Siku 462,” features a soulful collaboration with renowned gospel singer Walter Chilambo. The song is a moving tribute to the doctors and nurses who provided Professor Jay with critical care during his illness. The lyrics express gratitude for their dedication and compassion, highlighting the importance of faith and support during difficult times.
The EP takes a celebratory turn with “Calling,” which features guest appearances by Tanzania’s beloved artist, Alikiba. This upbeat track is a celebration of life and music, capturing the joy and gratitude Professor Jay feels for his second chance.
The final track, “Shemeji Shemeji,” features the talented Ndelah and delivers a message of hope and encouragement to those battling illnesses. The song’s message aligns with Professor Jay’s commitment to helping others through his newly established foundation, the Professor Jay Foundation.
“Nusu Kuzimu Nusu Peponi” is not just a collection of songs; it’s a story of resilience, hope, and giving back. Professor Jay’s powerful lyrics, paired with the diverse musical styles on the EP, create an unforgettable listening experience that is both inspiring and uplifting.
This EP is a powerful reminder of the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity. It celebrates the power of music to heal and uplift, and serves as a testament to Professor Jay’s enduring legacy in the Tanzanian music scene. See the tracklist below;
- Professor Jay – Hayakuhusu
- Professor Jay – Siku 462 ft. Walter Chilambo
- Professor Jay – Calling ft. Alikiba
- Professor Jay – Shemeji Shemeji ft. Ndelah