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Tarabu Music from the Swahili of Kenia
House of the Cultures of the World
Product number: SM 15202
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More than a thousand years have passed since the first Arab, Indian, and Persian traders reached the coast of East Africa. Swahili society was produced by the mixture of these groups of immigrants with the native population and its traditions. Tarabu is the musical likeness of this multicultural society. The melodic and tonal systems, whose smallest unit is a quarter tone, clearly show Arabic influence. The rhythms and texts of the songs are rooted in ancient native Swahili traditions but also use Spanish, Indian-Pakistani, or Latin American melodies and rhythms. On the coast of East Africa, Malika, also known as Asha Abdo, is without question the most popular female musician of today.


Sibure Mambo
Poleni, Ndugu Wa Faza
Mja We Zingatiya
Mpawa Sumu Hakufa
Nimeona Ishara
Kusima Si Kusona
Salawatu Rabi
Nahodha Mwenye Elimo
Mti Nillioupanda
Mpenzi Wanisumbuwa


Malika: vocals / Anasi Sheembwana Muhaji: dharabouka, voice / Omar Saleh Al-Abdi: dharabouka, vocals / Bakari Salim Wamasha: organ / Lali Mwalimu Mzamin: bass guitar

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Tarabu Music from the Swahili of Kenia
House of the Cultures of the World
59 ′24 ′′

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SM 15202
0,11 kg

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