Singe Tema: Taarab Special

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Buda Musique is proud to present a new instalment in the Zanzibara series: a deep Taarab masterpiece from legendary singer Zuhura Swaleh, available for the first time outside Kenya since its original release in 1982. Zuhura Swaleh & Party initially rose to fame on the Mombasa scene in the 1970s with a new fast- paced taarab style, coupled with a vocal style that drew more on traditional Swahili poetry than the then-prevalent Bollywood influence. A new sound and no-nonsense lyrics that voiced women’s concerns led to performances all over Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda throughout the 70s. While playing a wedding in Nairobi in 1981 Zuhura & Party were approached by the local Polygram studio to record an LP, but the 33rpm record did not catch on – the format was not suited to the tiny portable record players in use in Kenya at the time, and the record industry as a whole collapsed in the wake of the attempted 1982 coup d’état. Only a few records were pressed and have since become collectors’ items. Locally the songs survived and remained popular as pirated dubs (first on cassette now on CDR).


This product was added to our catalog on Friday 30 August, 2019.

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