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Zuhura Swaleh’s deep taarab masterpiece vinyl re-release


Zuhura Swaleh & Party initially rose to fame on the Mombasa scene in the 1970s with a new fast-paced taarab style led by the electrically amplified tashkota (actually a Japanese instrument correctly spelled as taishokoto), a sound that resembles a mix of electric guitar, slide guitar and sitar. Zuhura’s chakacha-styled taarab and stingy lyrics became popular up and down the coast, leading to invitations for performances all over Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Her no-nonsense way of speaking out openly and voicing women’s concerns helped pave the way for the new “modern taarab” sound that came to fore in the 1990s. “Singetema” was recorded in 1981 during a visit to Nairobi and was one of the few taarab LPs ever released. Available as part of the Zanzibara series via Buda Musique, Silène Records and Bandcamp.

Rajab Suleiman & Kithara European Tour May 2019



Qanun virtuoso Rajab Suleiman & Kithara will play concerts in Belgium and France in May 2019. The touring ensemble features vocalist Saada Nassor along with an ensemble of accordion, nai, bass and percussion. Major shows will take place at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles (May 11) and Théâtre Lévi-Strauss at Musée du Quai Branly in Paris (May 19). The group will also perform at the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar on February 8.
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Dogo Jackie R.I.P.



Jagwa Music’s lead singer Dogo Jackie (Jackson Aluta Kazimoto) died in a tragic car accident in his home town Morogoro on December 8. Jackie was on his way to attend the funeral of an aunt, when the car he was traveling collided head-on with a truck. Jackie is survived by three children, Saidi, Nuru and Leonard. You will be missed Dogo Jackie, Mungu akulaze pema peponi!

Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble at Festival de Fès des Musiques Sacrées du Monde on June 28, 2018


Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble from Zanzibar has been invited to perform once again at the prestigious Festival des Musiques Sacrées du Monde, which takes place annually in the ancient city of Fès, Morocco. Mtendeni’s “Maulidi ya Homu” performance will be part of a special night devoted to Sufi performances from the African continent. Besides Mtendeni At the heart of Sufi Africa will feature performers from Egypt, Morocco and Senegal.
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Ouch ! Records releases Zanzibara Vinyl


Lionel Martin’s Ouch ! Records has released a double vinyl selection of tracks from our Zanzibara Series (Buda Musique). Titled Zanzibara Vol. 1 it features tracks from the first nine Zanzibara CD releases. Included are tracks by Tanzanian muziki wa dansi artists from the 1960s through to the 1980s (including Mbaraka Mwinshehe & Super Volcano, Mlimani Park Orchestra, Marijani Rajab & Dar International, Salum Abdallah & Cuban Marimba, Juwata Jazz & International Orchestra Safari Sound), as well as taarab recordings by Zuhura Swaleh, Matano Juma, Ikhwani Safaa and Bi Kidude. More information and complete track listing on Ouch’s Bandcamp space.
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Rajab Suleiman & Kithara: WOMADelaide in March 2018


Zanzibar’s leading taarab ensemble Rajab Suleiman & Kithara are set to perform in Australia for the first time. Lead by qanun virtuoso Rajab Suleiman, Kithara also features star singer Saada Nassor. Their performances will be at at WOMADelaide, March 10 and 12, 2018.
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Jahazi Media Artists at Sauti za Busara Festival in February 2018


Jahazi Media artists Segere Original, Mlimani Park Orchestra & Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble will perform at Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar in February 2018. – Dar es Salaam’s Mlimani Park Orchestra, affectionately called “Sikinde“ by local fans are Tanzanias oldest still active muziki wa dansi band. Featuring the inimatable voice of Hassani Bitchuka the orchestra will perform on the festival’s opening night. Also from Dar es Salaam, Segere Original are the originators of a distinct fast-paced style extending the lineage of popular Zaramo ngoma like vanga and tokomile. Keeping up with the ever evolving Dar es Salaam music scene Segere have recently started to include Singeli, the latest Bongo youth music craze into their repertoire. Singeli was originally invented by DJs who speed up the break sections of modern taarab songs for some wild action on the dance floor. From there it evolved into a studio beat produced genre, yet Segere are the first to actually play this ridiculously fast genre with a live band. Young Singeli artist Elisha John is the latest addition to the Segere lineup. Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble are the revered and popular performers of “Maulidi ya Homu”, a Sufi ritual from Zanzibar. ”
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