Rashid Amin Abdallah aka Rico Single was born in Kukuu village, on Pemba island. He started
music at primary school, as part of the school’s traditional dance group.
In 2001 together with friends, Rico Single created Swahili Arts Group which had more than 40
young members, performing traditional dances, acrobatics and zenji flava music.
In 2004 they had the opportunity to participate at the Bagamoyo Arts Festival, where they also
attended workshops. In 2005 they released their first tracks “Fadhila za Punda” and “Hii Sanaa”,
which were recorded at Baucha Records. Around the time of the general election during the same
year, many of the group members diverted to other activities and Swahili Arts collapsed.