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Culture Musical Club & Bi Kidude - Muhogo wa Jang'ombe - AFH188

  • Arab melodies from Zanzibar with the queen of Taarab, the 93 year old Bi Kidude
    Founded in 1958, the Culture Musical Club is Zanzibar’s premier taarab club. The
    orchestra performs widely at concerts in Zanzibar town, but also frequently travels
    overland with a fold-up stage and an electricity generator to bring its music to the
    rural areas as well. The club has released hundreds of songs on the local market and
    since 1988 they have had six releases on the international market. The orchestra has
    had highly successful tours all over Europe in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005
    and 2007; in September 2006 they toured the US to high acclaim, in July 2007 the
    club performed in Japan. A North American tour is planned for the 2008-2009
    season. Besides taarab, many club members are also active in kidumbak groups, smaller ensembles that play a more down-home dance-focused music. Both types of music are played on stage, contrasting the serene sound of orchestral taarab to the festive and sexually charged dance that is kidumbak.
    On its tours the club regularly features invited guest singers. The summer 2009 will include the legendary 93 year old Bi Kidude, the veteran diva of Zanzibar, who is now in her mid-90s but is still famous for breaking taboos, both in her sexually-explicit lyrics and her bravery for daring to sing with her face uncovered.
    Rajab Suleiman, qanun, kidumbak
    Ali Hassan, oud, violin, cherewa
    Kesi Juma, violin
    Makame Faki, vocals, violin
    Taimour Rukuni, accordion, mkwasa
    Mahmoud Juma, bass, cherewa
    Amour Haji, dumbak, sanduku
    Foum Faki, bongos, kidumbak
    Rukia Ramadhani, vocals, chorus
    Fatma Juma, chorus, dance, rika
    Bi Kidude, vocals
    Mgeni Khamis, chorus, dance
    Bi Kidude (Fatuma binti Baraka), singer, born around 1910; died 17 April 2013

    Category : Taarab Videos


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