December 7, 2016

Classic Taarab Recordings from Tanga
Black Star Musical Club
Lucky Star Musical Club
Globe Style 1989



Toen ik die Best of Taarab hoorde die Stefan van Worldservice
van de week ge-update plaatste moest ik direkt aan deze cd denken.
Globe Style lanceerde hem in 1989 en ik vond hem van meet af aan
iets magisch hebben. De Taarab opnamen uit deze twee clubs in Tanga
vonden opvolging door vele andere bands. Bruiloftsmuziek van de Swahili
was het oorspronkelijk. Hier als kruisbestuiving met dance uit die buurt.
Black Star Musical Club stamt reeds uit de jaren vijftig en introduceerde
gitaar en basgitaar waardoor de sound in populariteit won en door een
steeds groter publiek beluisterd werd en verzameld. Ook buiten de Swahili
gemeenschap, ondanks het sterke Arabische en Islamitische karakter ervan.

When I heard Best of Taarab which Stefan of Worldservice
posted last week, it made me think of this cd immediately. Globe Style
launched it in 1989 and I though it to be magical from the first time I heard it.
The Taarab recordings made in these two clubs in Tanga found following
ups by many bands afterwards. Wedding music from the Swahili people
originally, it became very popular in places like Burundi and Eastern Zaïre.
Black Star Musical Club which was founded in the fifties added guitar and
bassguitar to it. It was this cross-fertilisation between taarab and dance music
that made people in those countries listen and collect it. Listen to the great
voices of these singers, truly magic it is..

titels ;

01 – Kibwana ( Black Star ) – Amana
02 – Ursula ( Black Star ) – Mpende anaekupenda
03 – Asmahan ( Lucky Star ) – Nimekuja pasi haya
04 – Sharmila ( Black Star ) – Chozi lanitoka
05 – Iddi Ramadhani ( Lucky Star ) – Hisani nakuusiya
06 – Sharmila ( Black Star ) – Enyi wanadamu
07 – Shakila ( Black Star ) – Nazi
08 – Shakila ( Lucky Star ) – Duniani
09 – Sharmila ( Black Star ) – Mnazi mkinda
10 – Asmahan ( Lucky Star ) – Nini dawa ya mahaba
11 – Sharmila ( Black Star ) – Bunduki
12 – Mohamed Mrisho ( Lucky Star ) – Rehema


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  1. Jordi 8 December 2016 at 17:56 - Reply

    This is one of the best and most captivating records I have ever heard

    • Moos 8 December 2016 at 19:34 - Reply

      Absolutely, I second that emotion..

  2. Pauly 8 December 2016 at 19:17 - Reply

    Tanga’s Taarab Oyee !

  3. glinka21 9 December 2016 at 05:21 - Reply

    Thanks, Moos!

  4. Sjef 13 December 2016 at 15:51 - Reply

    There is a nice, informative podcast from Afropop Worldwide about Taarab including these bands, here:

    • Pauly 13 December 2016 at 23:35 - Reply

      Thank for the link

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  6. Anonymous 28 October 2021 at 08:51 - Reply

    Lovin’ this one…. Thanks!!!


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