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Taarab and Ikwan Safaa

Lucy Duran presents the first of two programmes from Zanzibar, the Tanzanian group of islands off the East coast of Africa. She gets to know the Swahili Arab-influenced musical style Taarab, and visits Ikwan Safaa, Africa’s oldest music club who this year celebrate their centenary.

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  • Sailing to Tanzania.

    Lucy Duran introduces the Zanzibar programme sailing to Tanzania.

    Duration: 04:30

  • Music Played

    • Culture Musical Club

      Untitled Violin Solos

    • Ikhwan Safaa

      Title unknown

  • Lucy meets Werner Graebner.

    Lucy interviews Werner Graebner, an expert on Taraab music living in Zanzibar.

    Duration: 03:50

  • The oldest Taraab orchestra.

    We hear Zanzibar’s oldest Taraab orchestra Ikhwan Safaa, which celebrates its centenary.

    Duration: 07:25

  • Music Played

    • Ikhwan Safaa

      Title unknown

  • A wedding song.

    We hear a wedding song of the orchestra Ikhwan Safaa in an eclectic and hybrid style.

    Duration: 12:11

  • Music Played

    • Ikhwan Safaa

      People are asking

    • Ikhwan Safaa

      Vingaravyo Vyote

  • A chat with Werner Graebner.

    A stroll in Zanzibar Town with Werner Graebner who tells about the revolution.

    Duration: 06:48

  • Music Played

    • Pupils of the Kilimani Muslim School Zanzibar with Mohammed Salum Mohammed

      Qasida in praise of the Prophet Mohammed

  • Mohammed Salum Mohammed.

    Lucy meets Mohammed Salum Mohammed of the Kilimani Muslim School Qasida choir.

    Duration: 05:26

  • Music Played

    • Pupils of the Kilimani Muslim School Zanzibar with Mohammed Salum Mohammed

      Qasida asking God for happiness

  • A Swahili wedding.

    Lucy visits a spices plantation and attends a Swahili wedding.

    Duration: 09:10

  • Music Played

    • Kidumbak Group in Zanzibar

      Kidumbak Medley

  • Kidumbak music.

    Lucy speaks to one of the Kidumbak musicians about the Kidumbak music.

    Duration: 08:38

  • Music Played

    • Kidumbak Group in Zanzibar

      Goodbye Song

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