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  Taarab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is influenced by music from the cultures with a historical presence in East Africa, including music from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Taarab rose to prominence in 1928 with the rise of the genre's first star, Siti binti Saad.
According to local legend, taarab was started by Sultan Seyyid Barghash bin Said (1870-1888); he liked luxury and the pleasures of life.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Taarab   (221 words)

 Music of Tanzania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Taarab is played by a string using Egyptian, Indian, salsa and soukous.
Taarab is a popular genre descended from Islamic roots, using instruments from Africa (percussion), Europe (guitar), Arab Middle East (oud and qanum and East Asia (taishokoto).
Taarab is often said to have an Egyptian origin, due to the long-term popular of the Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_Tanzania   (1055 words)

 Siti Binti Saad
Siti made taarab accessible to the general public not only linguistically by singing in Kiswahili, but also socially by penetrating its elitist veneer and opening her home to the practice of music-making and to all who enjoyed it (Fair 2001:128, 169-225).
European influence on mainland taarab is seen in the electric guitar and the organ.
When a taarab festival was staged in Dar on February 26, bagging a record Tsh12 million ($15,000) in gate collections, ministers and senior officials of the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi attended.
groups.msn.com /SitiBintiSaad/taarab.msnw   (685 words)

 Taarab   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Taarab music has flourished since the first decades of the 20th century, becoming the region's first mass mediated music.
Taarab orchestras resemble closely the classical Egyptian orchestras, with full violin section, cello and bass, but also accordion, oud, qanun, rhythm section, keyboards and ney flute.
Taarab is the most common style of music performed at weddings on the Islands of Zanzibar.
www.zanzibarmusic.org /Taarab.htm   (214 words)

Taarab is commonly played at wedding parties attended exclusively by women.
She was born in Nairobi in 1941 and began to sing with local dance bands while in her teens.
Taarab probably is not for all musical tastes, but I find it to be both rhythmically infectious and emotionally compelling.
tcd.freehosting.net /djembemande/taarab.html   (820 words)

 Tanzania - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
Taarab Music[4] is a fusion of Swahili tunes sung in rhythmic poetic style spiced with Arabic or, at times, Indian melodies.
Taarab forms a major part of the social life of the Swahili people along the coastal areas; especially Zanzibar, Tanga and even further in Mombasa and Malindi along the Kenya coast.
These days a taarab revolution [5] is taking place and much heated debate continues about the music which has been changed drastically by the East African Melody phenomenon.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/t/a/n/Tanzania.html   (2205 words)

 taarab: Afropop Style -- Tanzania, Kenya, East Africa
The root word of taarab, tariba, means "to be moved or agitated." Like much of Swahili culture, taarab began in the Kenyan port of Lamu.
Taarab groups range from small "parties" to orchestras that can include African drums, tablas, dumbek (hourglass drum), rika (tambourine), oud (fretless lute), qanun (trapeziform plucked zither), taishokoto (a banjo-like instrument of Japanese origin with a typewriter-like keyboard used to pluck the strings), as well as organ and accordion.
Taarab groups rarely tour, but an exceptional series of digital field recordings on the British GlobeStyle label presents taarab from Mombasa, Tanga and Zanzibar.
www.afropop.org /explore/style_info/ID/19/Taarab   (703 words)

 Thomson Safaris - Newsletter Issue 28
Taarab offers a way for women to poke fun at each other by requesting songs with bawdy or teasing lyrics.
Taarab poetry is tricky to understand, even for those fluent in Arabic-laced Swahili.
Taarab may be almost impossible to understand, or it may incite the crowd.
www.thomsonsafaris.com /newsletter/nl28_taarab_music.htm   (428 words)

 Zanzibar :: Zanzibar Music - Taarab
Taarab is popularly known as Swahili wedding music, since taarab musicians and music are an essential part of these multi-day festivities.
This can be seen in the range of instruments used in taarab ensembles and orchestras which include Middle Eastern oud and dumbek, Indian tabla, western electric keyboards, and the Japanese taishokoto (described as a "banjo/typewriter-key hybrid").
Unlike the majority of taarab which was sung in Arabic, Saad sang in Swahili and presaged a change in the direction of the music.
zanzibar.net /zanzibar/zanzibar_music_taarab   (360 words)

 ArtMatters.info   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Modern taarab is being blamed for breeding social discord, embarrassing society through vulgarity, vilification of women and for abandoning convention of the music that was--till recently--considered a unifying force of the Swahili coast, at the altar of money.
Thus taarab, the genre of music introduced to Zanzibar by one of her ancient Arab rulers, Sultan Seyyid Barghash bin Said, almost two centuries ago for entertainment and that—till recently—was believed to unify the Swahili coast of East Africa, is being blamed for breeding social discord among the people of the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Taarab, like any other element of culture, is dynamic and cannot pretend to keep the ‘purity’ it is said to have had in the past.
www.artmatters.info /taarab.htm   (2593 words)

 TheStar.com - Zanzibar reclaims its rich musical tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Taarab done not so well, however, comes across as depressingly screechy and shrill, with a voice that assaults the ear with its warbling and wavering.
Since taarab was a largely oral tradition, passed on from player to player and rarely transcribed to sheet music, it was in serious danger of dying out.
Taarab's champions figure if they can get Zanzibar's children to listen to and pick up an instrument associated with taarab, they'll soon find themselves playing — and enjoying — the complex music.
www.thestar.com /NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1138276087726&call_pageid=968867495754&col=969483191630   (1031 words)

The orchestra plays a style of taarab in which the distant middle eastern origins are still very much to the fore.
These days a taarab revolution is taking place and much heated debate continues about the music which has been changed drastically by the rusha roho (‘modern taarab’ phenomenon).
Taarab 1: Seif Salim Saleh & Abdullah Mussa Ahmed, CDORBD 032
zanzibar.net /zanzibar/music_and_culture/music_styles/taarab   (1145 words)

 Untitled Document
Taarab has long had a specialized role as live wedding entertainment, primarily for a female audience.
It was Zuhura who in the 1970 started to introduce elements of female wedding ngoma-dances and their sharp tongued songs into the taarab repertoire, creating the basis for the chakacha-taarab which developed into the most popular type of taarab for female wedding celebrations.
This form of female taarab is also at the root of the currently popular mipasho (backbiting songs) phenomenon.
members.aol.com /dpaterson/rough-kenya.htm   (2771 words)

 EOL 7 CD review: Zanzibar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The word taarab also refers to the events at which this style of music is played, which are usually weddings but also include paid-admission concerts.
Taarab has been transnational in nature since its arrival in Zanzibar in the nineteenth century, when the island became a seat in the Omani Sultanate and Egyptian music became popular at entertainment events.
This is taarab played by members of the Zanzibari Indian community who frequently borrow melodies and rhythms of Indian film songs, write new texts in Swahili and sometimes accompany their songs with harmonium and tabla (often replaced by bongos).
research.umbc.edu /eol/7/reed   (807 words)

 IRAM.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Taarab remained a preserve of the upper-classes, largely Arab, until the 1920s - and it was exclusively male.
While her status as music legend rests importantly on the recorded repertoire, the frequent quoting during ethnographic enquiry of unrecorded songs to explain her cultural significance indicates that recordings cannot be viewed out of context and in isolation.
Taarab was introduced to Zanzibar by the leisure-loving third Omani sultan, Sultan Barghash bin Said, in the mid-1870s when he brought entertainment music from Egypt to the palace.
www.mmc.edu.mk /Strugaconf2002/Strugatext/Janet.htm   (2100 words)

 taarab music of zanzibar - In the past some Taarab bands were set up and funded by the government or political parties.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
taarab music of zanzibar - In the past some Taarab bands were set up and funded by the government or political parties.
In the past some Taarab bands were set up and funded by the government or political parties.
Sanaa Taarab is a newly formed group under the control of the Zanzibari government.
www.tanserve.com /culture/Taarab.html   (795 words)

He is one of the greatest kings of taarab music in Africa and has won the hearts of fans from Somalia to Mozambique.
He says he is not alone as taarab oldies have deep roots in East Africa.
Bhalo was born in 1942 at Shela in Malindi district.
www.nationaudio.com /News/CoastExpress/28022003/Relax   (691 words)

 Taarab Music Page
"Taarab groups in Dar es Salaam and exclusive Muslim women's societies such as Saniyyat Hubb, Goodluck, Coronation, Bomba Kusema and lelemama groups, which were affliated to either Al-Watan or Egyptian, played a very significant role in mobilising people to support TANU."
Tarab, Taarab or Tarabu Music in Kiswahili is one of the most ancient forms of entertainment on the Eastern Coast of Africa from Kismayo at the Coast of Southern tip of Somalia to Sofarla in Mozambique, including the Comoro Islands in the Indian Ocean.
Abdulwahid Sykes'book referred above shows that Taarab music and the message in the songs composed were used specifically to uplift the morale of TANU members, and also to circumvent the banning order of the party, TANU was used to organise taarab.
www.waswahilitrust.plus.com /pages/taarabmusic.htm   (725 words)

 Seif Salim Saleh & Abdullah Mussa Ahmed
Taarab is, to quote Ben Mandelson’s notes to this CD, ‘the music of the KiSwahili speaking, generally Muslim, peoples of East Africa and the Indian Ocean.
It may be wondered why I’m reviewing Taarab 1; the reason is that it was originally released in 1989, on the cusp of the industry’s changeover from LP to CD, and never made it into the new format.
Taarab 1 is described on the back cover as ‘a characterful ambient recording’, and indeed it’s very easy, and a great pleasure, simply to luxuriate in the lushness of the violin, and the rippling sound of the plucked instruments.
www.mustrad.org.uk /reviews/taarab1.htm   (723 words)

 "Ibsen goes Taarab" (Norway - the official site in Tanzania)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Taarab has again crossed borders and new music treasures are about to take shape.
In this context, the Taarab musicians from DCMA will be part of the opening ceremony for The Ibsen Year 2006 at Oslo City Hall 14 January.
A strong wish to co-operate was born, and at Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2005, four musicians from the Bergen based ensemble, BIT20 from Bergen with the composer Håkon Berge, performed together with their Zanzibari counter parts.
www.norway.go.tz /News/IbsenTaarab.htm   (475 words)

 BBC World Service | Rhythms of the Continent
The formality of the violinists was quite a contrast with the colourful enjoyment of the audience on the dancefloor.
Kidumbak is related to Taarab but features less of the Arab-style instruments and more home-made varieties such as a small clay drum called the dumbak and a bass made from a tea-chest.
Yusuf Mohammed, whose Taarab name is Tenge, changes the lyrics of Indian films into kisSwahili and reproduces the melody on an electric keyboard.
www.bbc.co.uk /worldservice/africa/features/rhythms/tanzaniakenya.shtml   (1517 words)

 Baladna Taarab   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Within the context of the school the teachers have gathered to form a new and unique group: Baladna Taarab.
Particular emphasis is placed on teaching traditional Zanzibar music styles, such as Taarab, Beni or Kidumbak.
Regular workshops and master classes are held with guest teachers from around the world, with a special emphasis on the region of the “Dhow Countries”, the islands of the Indian Ocean and the countries surrounding the Indian Ocean rim.
www.stellenboschfestival.co.za /Baladna_Taarab.htm   (256 words)

 Music and Dance in Kenya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Combining elements of African percussion with Arabic rhythms, Taarab become a popular form of music that remains a coastal favourite today.
Traditional Taarab music used large numbers of musicians and Arab instruments such as the Oud, combined with violins and several vocalists.
Modern Taarab continues to evolve, and is adopting some rhythms and grooves from Hindi film music and bhangra.
kenya.com /music.html   (1161 words)

 Tranzania, Acid Queen (The Leopard Man's African Music Guide)
When Norwegian Acid Queen put their full weight behind the taarab music you find yourself in the middle of a tradition wheather you like it or not.
On the first mentioned song we go into the east African night with hissing crickets and a taarab orchestra in the background, while the techno stuff comes sneaking in at the same rhythm as the taarab band.
But the techno drives over the taarab bit by bit and breaks up the style and mood, and one asks why taarab music has been introduced at all.
www.leopardmannen.no /a/acid.queen.tranzania.asp?lang=gb   (528 words)

 SSRC :: International Dissertation Research Fellowships Program :: Andrew Eisenberg
The fierce stance of the Kibaki administration against corruption and nepotism has opened up the question of what ethnic identity will mean for political and economic opportunities in the future.
Attention in this study is given to the ways in which the social processes of taarab production and reception serve as discursive fora within which subjects work through emergent debates about ethnic identity.
My primary goal is to offer a highly textured case study of the nature of ethnicity in the African postcolony, an issue at the center of many of the continent's most urgent dilemmas.
www.ssrc.org /programs/idrf/Fellows/2004/Eisenberg.page   (358 words)

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Taarab ya wanawake (women’s taarab) has always been much more earthy and lively than the cooler art music of the men’s orchestras, even though the women hire those same male musicians to accompany their songs (in smaller, and therefore cheaper, ensembles).
These michapuzo (plural) are structured as couplets and refrains, rather than using the strophic forms of taarab; this facilitates improvisation which, as in the women’s mipasho, often concentrates on the private lives of members of the audience.
The results are quite dissimilar to the usual sound of taarab, alike in the relaxed, much less ornamented vocal delivery and in the instrumentation, which includes harmonium, tabla and a two-stringed drone lute.
www.mustrad.org.uk /reviews/zanzibar.htm   (1336 words)

 Tanzania Standard Newspapers|Home
VETERAN singers—Fatuma Baraka popularly known as Bi Kidude and Abdulrahman Muchacho—are some of the renowned crooners expected to feature in the grand Tanzania Taarab Music Festival to be held at the end of this month in Dar es Salaam.
Abdul Hakim Magomela the director of Kim and Boyz Promotion, who are main organisers of the event, said yesterday that eight taarab music groups are expected to take part in the event to be held at Vijana Social Hall, Kinondoni.
Other taarab bands that have confirmed participation are Tanzania One Theatre (TOT), JKT and Muungano, all from Dar es Salaam, while JKU, Malindi and Spice Music Taarab will represent Zanzibar.
www.dailynews-tsn.com /news.php?id=449   (199 words)

 Dirty Linen #77: Swahili Songs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The music of Yemen and Oman has long been a dominant influence on taarab, but the genre is nothing if not eclectic — during the 30s and 40s, musicians lifted new rhythms and melodic lines from Cuban pop tunes and Egyptian and Indian movie musicals.
In the 50s and 60s electric organs, guitars, accordions, bongos, Indian tabla, buzuq (a Lebanese folk lute), synthesizers and other instruments (including a Japanese toy zither known as the tuntunia) found a permanent home in most groups, and new Latin American musical styles were adopted by Swahili musicians.
Change and experimentation are the lifeblood of taarab, making it resistant to definition but awfully easy to love.
www.dirtynelson.com /linen/feature/77mombasa.html   (314 words)

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