The Taarab music icon BI Shakila, who died suddenly yesterday, will be buried today at 4 pm in Mbagala Charambe. The burial will take place at the cemetery near Uwanja wa Ninja.
To get to the funeral, one must take a bus and drop at Mbagala Rangi Tatu, and connect to buses going to Nzasa, and drop at Mnara wa Vodacom. Where it is easy to be directed to Bi Shakila's house.
Friday, August 19, 2016
|BABU NJENJE NA BI SHAKILA|
May her soul rest in Peace. AMEN
Thursday, August 18, 2016
VIDEO Marijani on Stage with his last band, singing and plucking the lead guitarMarijani died on 23rd March 1995 and was buried the next day, but 20 years on, his name is still common even among the youngsters who were born after he died, his songs still touch people’s hearts and even young generation musicians like Lady Jd have gone on to re record Marijani’s songs.
May He Rest In Peace Amen
It is nearly 17 years since the death of Mwalimu Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania. A lot is being discussed in the streets, in the media about life during Mwalimu’s era, there is a lot of truth moving side by side with a lot of lies about the era. Some lies are perpetuated for a reason and some are just information being passed on that came from a person who lived during that time but might have forgotten the truth, some simply are fabrications from a good story teller. Music information is one area that is a victim of such misinformation. I came across a ‘research’ by an American professor that claims all the bands during Mwalimu’s era were state sponsored, and the artist lived a life of semi luxury, being guaranteed even health insurance. I wondered where that fellow got such information. But people who read the ‘research’ believe that’s the truth. The Prof went on to say that, Tanzanian love ‘zilipendwa music’ (oldies) because the songs remind them of that period when life was ‘good’ as socialism provided them with every need in their daily life. Pure 100 percent lies. I was born in Iringa, a town in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, about 400 kilometers from Dar es Salaam. My parents loved music. My father could play several instruments including the mandolin; banjo, accordion, trumpet and I remember once seeing him trying to blow a saxophone. But the guitar was definitely my father’s favorite instrument. On weekends the whole family would sing along, while my father played the guitar. In the early days there was ‘His masters Voice’ Gramophone and a radio later there was a tape recorder, definitely every evening there was music. Music from all over the world, India music Congolese South African, Jimmy Rodgers and Gene Autry records and so on. There was always a guitar in his home until his death last year at the age of 74. My father recorded some of his songs early 1960 and the songs were first aired in a program called Jimbo Letu (Our Province) on 16th May 1960. He was paid 40/- for that. A proof that radios paid royalties then.
I remember seeing Mwalimu Nyerere holding a meeting on the football pitch of the school where my father was a teacher just a few months before independence. There was a lot of music from the horn speakers that day, one particular song has somehow stuck in my brain since that day, it was Salum Abdallah’s song Kuku watatu. The lyrics are about this chicken fight that Salum saw one day in a street. Three chickens were fighting, a black feathered chick, a white one and a black, each was fighting another, a song that was translated to be the fight for independence, between the Europeans, Asians and African’s. I remember the day before independence how we sprinkled water on the then dusty roads of Iringa ready for the Big Day. I honestly don’t remember any particular feeling that I felt that day but remember that it felt like everybody was happy about something big. And so that’s I grew up in Nyerere’s era. In school music was a must, not so much as music classes but more of singing classes, through the years we learnt hundreds of songs. In the early years of Independence we sang songs from books that were inherited from the just ended colonial period.
All schools had a big marching band, every morning the band would perform a waltz, the favorite song was ‘Baba Paka’. This was a standard song when teachers would move around checking for cleanliness. Which included, length of hair, nails, teeth, uniforms. Believe me this was quite a frightening experience, at the time teachers were allowed to use a cane for the smallest of excuses. At the time one of my ambitions was being one of the musicians in the school band.
The mid 60s saw the new political stance with Mwalimu introducing his own brand of Socialism-Ujamaa. New books, new syllabus, new songs. Almost all the new songs were about Ujamaa. Over enthusiasm on the new Tanzania dream saw the banning of my number one childhood dream. I always wanted to be a Wolf-Cub, and later become a Boy Scout. This was banned, Young Pioneers and Green Guards took over, school bands were discouraged and ‘the Chinese’ goose-march was introduced. Goose-march teachers came from Zanzibar, and the marching orders were in Kiswahili with orders like ‘Nyumaz geuka’, ‘Kushotoz geuka’. Every school had to have a school choir, a traditional ngoma group. For a number of years I was in a school run by the Aga Khan, most of the students were Indians but they all had to participate in traditional ngomas .......to be continued
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|Chiriku Song Book|
|A typical school band|
|Aga Khan Primary School ngoma group 1967|
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Ally Salehe 'Ali Kiba' performing during the just ended music festival celebrating two years of of Star Times Swahili Chanel. The festival named Serebuka Festival took place at the Posta Kijitonyama grounds on Saturday, The event was sponsored by Huawei Tanzania.
Juma Kassim 'Juma Nature' on stage
'Stamina' entertaining the crowd of music fans
Crowd following the Serebuka Music festival
Two of the top artists in Tanzania, Judith Wambura 'Lady Jay Dee' and Ali Salehe 'Ali Kiba' made a big difference by performing their music to a live band during the Serebuka Music Festival 2016, that took place at the Posta Kijitonyama Grounds in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.The crowd suddenly warmed up when Lady Jay Dee took to the stageand began performing a number of her songs, and things went wild when she performed her new hit Ndi ndi ndi. Ali Kiba too got the same reception and was even begged to continue performing after his time was up. Another artists who made a great performance was Boniventure Kabobo 'Stamina'. The festival which was sponsored by Star Times, also had Juma Kasimu 'Juma Nature', Madee,Yamoto Band, Snura and many other artists who performed using playback mode.
This article was prepared by Dotto Mwaibale of<www.habarizajamii.com>
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The concert will feature live performances by Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Eric Wainaina (Kenya), Slim Emcee (Uganda), Wahapahapa Band (Tanzania) and many more. Tickets are just 50,000tsh VIP and 20,000tsh general admission. We hope to see you on Saturday!