Bongo Flava is a nickname for Tanzanian hip hop music. It could be translated as "Tanzanian Flavour". The genre, which is based out of the city of Dar es Salaam, takes its name from the Swahili word ubongo, meaning "brain". Bongo, "brains", is the plural. The metaphor is slang for Dar es Salaam and more recently for Tanzania. In the music genre of Bongo Flava the metaphor of brains is also used to refer to the cunning and street smarts needed to survive. Bongo Flava incorporates Afrobeat and arabesque melodies,dancehall and hip hop beats, Swahili lyrics and English phrases, combining aspects of the global hip hop scene with an East African flavor to form a unique style of music.