Hip Deep May 30, 2024
East African Taarab

Immerse yourself in the profound world of taarab music from East Africa's Swahili coast in our latest Hip Deep episode. Guided by anthropologist and author Kelly Askew, we delve into the intricate blend of cultures—Bantu and coastal Africans, Arabs, Portuguese, Germans, Brits, and Indians—that have shaped this unique musical tradition.

Journey with us through the historical and cultural landscapes of Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Tanga, and Mombasa, Kenya. Experience rare recordings from the pioneering Siti Bint Saad, the evocative Babloom Modern Taarab, and Tanzania One Theatre. Plus, enjoy Afropop's own recordings of Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar and Maulidi Musical Party of Mombasa. Produced by Banning Eyre, this episode offers a thoughtful and educational insight into the heart of taarab music.

This episode provides a perfect backdrop for our upcoming Tanzania trip, capturing the essence of the region through its music and history. Join us to uncover the rich history and enduring legacy of this remarkable musical form. Tune in and explore the beauty and depth of taarab music.

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