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Saturday, April 7, 2007 Options
Sounds of Taraab

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The Sounds of Taraab is a newly formed ensemble that performs a particular genre of music from Zanzibar and coastal Eastern Africa. Known as "Taraab", this musical form consists of basically African rythmn and Swahili lyrics, heavily influenced by Arabic and Indian popular music.There are other influences as well, since this region has, since ancient times, been a hub of business, trade, and cultural intermingling.

Vocalist Alsarah passionately conveys the Taraab lyrics of love and longing, while she is supported by oud master Haig Manookian. Accordion virtuoso Ismail Butera adds fleeting cadenzas and earthy drones, while multi instrumentalist Michael Hess adds color and ambience with violin and nai flute. Supporting all this is the powerhouse percussion team of Tiye Giraud and April Centrone, who's drumming on dumbek, riq, pandero, shekere and a host of other instruments gives the group it's driving, very African beat.


The band’s next gig is Friday April 27 at the Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street at Broadway in lower Manhattan, 8-11:30pm. They will be joined there by Moroccan-born oudist / singer / songwriter Rachid Halihal and his Layali el Andalus ensemble who will provide an intriguing musical counterpoint.

Say hello to Sounds of Taraab, find out where they're playing, hear songs, share taraab love at: http://www.myspace.com/soundsoftaraab.

Related links:

National Geographic World Music taraab page: http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/worldmusic/view/page.basic/genre/content.genre/taraab_795.

Sauti Za Busara: Music Festivals in Zanzibar: http://www.busaramusic.com.

Special thanks: Engineer Chris Stubbs and assistant Annie Wicker.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Ricardo Lemvo: Lollobrigida Options / Isabela / Mopiato / *

Africando: Mario Options / Ketuba / Sterns / *
Cover of song by the late great Congolese icon Franco

Franco: Mawe Options / Makambo Ezali Bourreau / Sonodisc

Andy Palacio: Beiba Options / Watina / Cumbancha / *

Sunny Ade: Nibi Lekelek Gbe Nfosho Options / Gems From the Classic Years / Shanachie / *

Vieux Farka Toure: Courage Options / Vieux Farka Toure / World Village / *
Featuring Issa Bamba

Tinariwen: Imidiwan Winakalin Options / Aman Iman / World Village / *

Tartit: Houmeissa Options / Abacabok / Crammed Discs / *

Ait Menguellet: JSK Options / Various Artists: Sono Algerie / Sono

RD Burman: Mehbooba Mehbooba Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold / World Music Network / *

Kishore Kumar: Zindagi Ek Safar Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold / World Music Network / *

Sounds of Taraab: Bowmazan Ya Mahaba (Bi Kidude song) Options
Live at WFMU

Sounds of Taraab: Mapenzi Matamu Options
Live at WFMU

Sounds of Taraab: Kanilemaza (Ikhwani Safaa) Options
Live at WFMU

Sounds of Taraab: Enyi Wana Damu (Sharmila and Black Star Orch.) Options
Live at WFMU

Sounds of Taraab: Lala, Mpenzi Lala Options
Live at WFMU

Sounds of Taraab: Unalo Options
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Sounds of Taraab: Shishituki Options
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Yara Family: Shirahama Blues Options / Various Artists: Ryukyu - Shima Uta Pops / Polystar

Nico Gomez: La Lupita Options / Various Artists: Brazilian Beats 1 and 2 / Mr Bongo / *
New to WFMU

Irakere: Bacalao con Pan Options / Various Artists: Si, Para Usted / Waxing Deep / *

Aterciopelados: Baracunatana Options / La Pipa de la Paz / RCA

Maldita Vecindad: Pachuco Options / El Circo / Sony

Asakusa Jinta: Viva! Boom Boom Options / Sky Zero / Bad Addiction / *

Slavic Soul Party: P at the River Options / Teknochek Collision / Barbes / *

Metropolitan Klezmer: C Minor Bulgar & Ken O'Hara Freylekhs Options / Traveling Show / RMR / *

La Sonora Cienaguera: La Piojosa Options / Various Artists: Colombia! / Soundway / *
Discos Fuentes comp

El Sexteto Miramar: Cumbiamba Options / Various Artists: Colombia! / Soundway / *

Ceu: Malemolencia Options / Ceu / Six Degrees / *

Ojos de Brujo: Silencio Options / Techari / Six Degrees / *




Listener comments!

  Sun. 4/8/07 3:46am kathy z.:

thanks for bringing SOUNDS OF TARAAB to the airwaves -- they are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!
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