« Program: East African Taarab

Discography: East African Taarab

Some of the recordings in this program come from Kelly Askew’s private recording. Her book, “Performing the Nation” comes with an excellent CD full of rare recordings. Two of the pieces in this show were recorded by Afropop Worldwide in Zanzibar. However, there are lots of great taarab recordings available. Here’s a good start.

Here are a list of albums heard on Afropop Worldwide’s East African Taarab:

Culture Musical ClubTaarab 4: The Music Of Zanzibar” (GlobeStyle 1989)

Various artistsMusic From Tanzania And Zanzibar 2” (Caprice 1997)

Various artistsSongs The Swahili Sing” (Original Music)

Various artistsThe Secret Museum Of Mankind” Music of East Africa (Yazoo 1998)

Kidumbak KalchaNg’ambo-the Other Side Of Zanzibar” (Dizim Records 1997)

Bi KidudeZanzibar” (RetroAfric 1998)

Various artistsThe Tanzania Sound” (Original Music)

Black Star Musical Club, Lucky Star Musical ClubNyota” (GlobeStyle 1989)

Zuhura Swaleh, Maulidi Musical PartyJino La Pembe” (GlobeStyle 1992)

Zein L’AbdinThe Swahili Song Book” (Dizim Records 1999)

Also look for these recommended titles.

Various artistsZanzibar: Soul & Rhythm” (great double CD featuring taarab, kidumbak, and Bi Kidude!) (Jahazi Media 2003)

Various artistsTaarab 3: The Music Of Zanzibar” (GlobeStyle 1990)

Ikhwani Safaa Musical clubTaarab 2: The Music Of Zanzibar” Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club (GlobeStyle 1998)

Various artistsTaarab 1: The Music Of Zanzibar” Seif Salim Saleh & Abdullah Mussa Ahmed (GlobeStyle 1999)

MalikaTarabu” (Shanachie 1997)

Culture Musical ClubSpices Of Zanzibar” : Mila na Utamaduni (Network Medien 1996)

Zein Musical PartyThe Style Of Mombasa” (GlobeStyle 1990)

Maulidi Musical PartyMombasa Wedding Special” (GlobeStyle 1990)

Culture Musical Club “Waridi” Culture Musical Club formed in 1958, and as this 2003 recording makes abundantly clear, they remain formidable. The club still has 60 active members, and in this session recorded at club’s headquarters in the Vuga section of Stone Town, the ease and atmo (Virgin, Jahazi Media 2003)