Old African Music

Taarab from Tanzania and Kenya

Taarab is a music genre popular in Tanzania and Kenya.

Here, the singer is Bi Kidude, the Zanzibari star, the Queen of Taaraab.

Her exact date of birth is unknown, much of her life story is uncorroborated, giving her an almost mythical status.

In interviews, she usually answers she’s 100 years old or more… This could be true…

Electro (House, EDM...)

Discover Jagwa Music

From the Press Release:

Straight from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), here’s JAGWA MUSIC : a crew of 8 youngsters playing intricate grooves at breakneck speed on traditional & makeshift percussion, a keyboard player going wild on a battered vintage Casio, and three relentless front persons: two breathtaking, spectacular dancers & a charismatic lead vocalist/MC, belting out songs about survival in the urban maze, unfaithful lovers & voodoo.

Known as Mchiriku, their music derives from popular dance styles, which underwent a mutation when the band adopted low-cost electronic keyboards and their gritty, distorsion-laden sound. JAGWA MUSIC are not only immensely popular in the poor suburbs of their hometown: their electrifying appearances at European festivals such as Roskilde have created a sensation. Some call this “Afro-punk”, because of the DIY attitude and the creative use of noise. Some refer to minimal or trance music, to the sexual energy of Kuduro & Mapouka… Let’s simply welcome the advent of one of the most exciting bands around.

Available on disc for the first time in Europe and North America, “Bongo Hotheads” presents the richness of their rhythm based wildness. 

Old African Music

On Stage With Remmy Ongala & Orch. Super Matimila (1988)


00:00 Sauti ya Mnyonge (Bati Osenga)
07:05 Asili ya Muziki (Remmy Ongala)
13:23 Maisha (Remmy Ongala)
19:45 Kifo (Remmy Ongala)
26:57 Mama Mzazi (Remmy Ongala)
32:58 Narudi Nyumbani (Remmy Ongala)

“This is a bootleg, it was released behind Remmy’s back (as told to us by Remmy in person) and I guess he never got paid.”