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Taarab - Taarab, an Ocean of Melodies - Zanzibar FLAC album

Performer: Taarab
Genre: Other
Title: Taarab, an Ocean of Melodies - Zanzibar
FLAC version ZIP size: 1655 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1478 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1968 mb
Rating: 4.7
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Interest in taarab waned significantly in the years following the 1964 revolution in Zanzibar. The ruling Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP) under president Abeid Karume, pursuing a program of de-Arabization, briefly banned taarab altogether because of its Arab associations, and then allowed only taarab songs praising the revolution, President Karume, the ASP, or the newly formed state of Tanzania. Groups were forced to change their name to sound more African, and then were forced to accept state control of their activities on almost every level. While the early history of taarab generally centered around Zanzibar, later important developments often occurred on mainland Tanzania and Kenya, especially in Tanga and Mombasa. A style known as Tanga Taarab, or ‘Modern’ Taarab exploded in the 1970s, at first centering on the rivalry between Black Star and Lucky Star.

Taarab music is a beguiling combination of African, Indian, and Arab musical influences, usually delivered by a small, quasi-orchestral ensemble and melismatic vocals. This volume differs from its companions not just in that it's a various-artists compilation, but also in its focus on smaller taarab groups (although Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club do have a couple of tracks), who are also more apt to include women as singers. In truth, to casual listeners there isn't much difference between these combos and the more famous (in Zanzibar, anyway) and bigger groups, aka "clubs

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Music listened by Tanzanians stretches from (Bolingo) traditional African music to the string-based taarab to a distinctive hip hop known as bongo flava. The Tanzanian national anthem is Mungu Ibariki Africa (God Bless Africa), composed by South African composer Enoch Sontonga in 1897. The tune is ANC's official song and later became the National Anthem of South Africa. The song is also the national anthem Zambia. Swahili lyrics were set to this tune.

This was one of a series of records of taarab music recorded by GlobeStyle on location in Zanzibar. This was one of the few recording sessions for an outside company in the history of Zanzibari taarab  . This particular album was not planned in our advance agenda-. it seemed like a good idea to do at the time (and my opinion has yet to change). If you listen carefully in the background, you can hear birds, wind, leaves and vehicles, other sounds of Zanzibar.

Taarab 1: The Music Of Zanzibar - Taqsim In Hijaz Mode, Ulimwengu Una Visa, Wawili Tunapendani and 14 more tracks from this album here for free. More albums by this artist. Taarab 1: The Music Of Zanzibar. From: Abdullah Ahmed.