Musical Performance: The Sounds of Taraab - Music from Zanzibar, Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam

Sat, January 31, 2009 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alsarah, vocals
Ismail Butera, accordion & vocals
Haig Manoukian, 'oud
Michael Hess, violin & nai
Tiye Giraud, shekere, pandero & vocals
Rami El Aasser, dumbek & frame drum

Rujeko Dumbutshena
Shea Ryan
Olga El

$20/$15 students with valid I.D.

Listen: The Sounds of Taraab


The Sounds of Taraab perform a particular genre of music from the towns of coastal eastern Africa, such as Zanzibar, Mombasa, and Dar Es Salaam.

Known as taraab, this genre is a hybrid of Arabic, Indian and African musical styles. The songs, almost invariably about love, are sung in Kiswahili, a Bantu based language itself highly modified by the addition of numerous Arabic loan words.

Tonight's performance includes both vocal and instrumental pieces that draw upon the eclectic variety of styles found in taraab music, as well as dance performances.

Last updated: 2009-01-01 08:18:13

The Sounds of Taraab
The Sounds of Taraab

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