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Saturday, April 7, 2007
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.
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.
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thanks for bringing SOUNDS OF TARAAB to the airwaves -- they are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!