Various Artists - Poetry and Languid Charm: Swahili Music From Tanzania and Kenya from the 1920s To The 1950s (Mega Blowout Sale)

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“Otherworldly beauty is the order of the day on this fascinating compilation of taarab (poetry chanted over African and Arabic music) from Tanzania and Kenya, recorded in the 1930s and '50s by Gramophone, Gallo, Columbia, and other record labels. The tracks are surprisingly clear, remastered from the original 78's.”-AllMusic

“As recorded music developed in the early part of the 20th century, there was more and more pressure to capitalise on indigenous music in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.
This was not some sort of altruistic preservation exercise that the commercial record companies were engaged in. They saw a market and wanted to exploit it, selling the records in the countries where the music originated. On the East African coast, site of the present day Tanzania and Kenya, there was a "gold rush" fever in the 1930s to record the local music stars.
The music they recorded was mostly "taarab", sung poetry accompanied by an instrumental ensemble that played with both traditional African rhythms with Arabic influences and used Arabic and Indian instruments.
As the records and ensembles grew ever more popular, the ensembles also grew in size and the arrangements in complexity. This exciting music is being released on CD for the first time.”
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