SWAHILI MUSIC FESTIVALSTONE TOWN, ZANZIBAR.
Swahili Music Festival brings more buzz to Stone Town Welcome to Zanzibar for the friendliest festival on Planet Earth!
SAUTI ZA BUSARAis organized by Busara Promotions - a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit cultural organization registered in Zanzibar “to promote and develop opportunities for local and international music and performing artists within the East African region, work to strengthen the local arts infrastructure and build networks internationally, for the social, cultural and economic growth of Africa and the dhow region.
Please read what the oldest Musician says!
BI KIDUDE (Zanzibar). Sauti za Busara 2005 Guest of Honour. Bi Kidude is an institution on Zanzibar, and remains East Africa’s greatest living musical legend. The doyenne of Zanzibar taarab, she also will be playing other musical styles at the festival, including unyago and msondo ngoma, more commonly associated with local women’s initiation rites. Bi Kidude’s exact date of birth is unknown, much of her life story is uncorroborated, giving her an almost mythical status. She started out her musical career in the 1920s, and learnt many of her songs with Siti bint Saad. As Bi Fatuma binti Baraka (Bi Kidude) herself says,
“How can I stop singing? When I sing I feel like a 14-year old girl again.
”This intriguing and inspiring woman is a repository and leading exponent of Swahili culture. Bi Kidude has traveled widely and performed at many international festivalsin India, Japan, the Middle East and Africa. Her latest European Tour in 2004 lasted a full three months where she was setting the festivals and concert venues ablaze and receiving rapturous reviews for her performances with Zanzibar’s CultureMusical Club taarab orchestra. With her humble manner, incredible stagepersonality, voice and strength, Bi Kidude is a favourite with audiences wherever the group performs. Midway through this tour, the whole of Zanzibar was thrown into shock and disarraywhen a rumour spread fast through the island that Bi Kidude had died. From thenarrow streets of Stone Town to the barazas of N’gambo and throughout the villages this was the only topic of conversation as the island rapidly acquired theatmosphere of mourning. The rumour continued to spread even long after theBusara Office had disseminated confirmation from Bi Kidude’s European promoters that on the contrary, she was alive and very well. She may have been surprised to hear that people in Zanzibar thought she has died:
“I haven’t died yet. Maybe people are saying that because they haven’t seen mearound for almost a month. But we are still continuing our tour, which continues for two more months. Me, I’m well, I have no problem. I sing with all my strength and will continue to make people happy until the day I die.”
Recordings: ‘Zanzibar’ (Retro Afric), ‘Machozi ya Huba’ (Heartbeat Records)
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