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A real gold mine here with loads of fabulous music. Unfortunately for the CD minded its nearly all on tape only.

This page was last updated on 4/9/11.

ARTISTTITLENUMBERFMTPRICEBUY
AFRICAN REVOLUTION BAND MAISHA KITENDAWILI 49109024 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN REVOLUTION BAND MGUMBA ASET0602-2 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN REVOLUTION BAND USIA WA BABA ASET05032 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN STARS BAND CHUKI BINAFSI ASET0302-1 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN STARS BAND FAINALI UZEENI 02922 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN STARS BAND JIRANI 02933 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN STARS BAND KISA CHA MPEMBA 65332 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN STARS BAND MTU PESA ASET0704-1 CD 14.40 COL
AFRICAN STARS BAND PASSWORD ASET2006 CD £ 14.40
AFRICAN STARS BAND SAFARI 2005 ASET0508-2 CD £ 14.40
AFRICAN STARS BAND UKUBWA JIWE ASET04031 CD 14.40 COL
ALI MULA MANENO AND GRAND MAGOMA ZETTY EHS9802 CD £ 11.99
Ali's idol was the late great Mbaraka Mwinsheshe who led Ali's hometown band of Morogoro Jazz. On leaving school he joined this illustrious band and then progressed through some of Tanzania's best known bands until finally founding Grand Magoma in 1991. This, their first CD album opens with a gorgeous soukous style number before settling down to the softer more home grown rumba sound with Ali and the group's sweet bass vocals drifting serenely along. Interspersed with the vocals is some stunning Tanzanian style guitar riffing which really comes into its own in the sebens as the percussive driving force throbbing out its, dance to me, message - Guaranteed to leave your socks smoldering. ( F.T.Index: Msamehe Mkeo, Stane, Saidia Masikini, Zetty, Dunia, Najuta. ) [6T/37M]
ALLY MAKUNGURU NAKUPENDA BIBI EHS9902 CD £ 11.99
A singer, composer and multi instrumentalist with a gift for guitar, Ally started his first band in 1975 at the tender age of fifteen and has played with many top groups in both Tanzania and Kenya since then. Here, he and singer Njoroge Benson with keyboard player Joe Mwangi have got together with a bit of studio wizardry to produce a veritably stunning album. Both Ally and Njoroge are vocally beautifully clear and precise, their lovely solos and duets are only overshadowed by Ally's superb mastery of the accoustic guitar which grabs your ears and just won't let go. For those of you who liked the Senegalese singer/guitarists, Seydina and Diogal Sakho (and loads of you did), this album is in a very similar style but with a little bit of East African flavour - music that you can listen to all day and with every track like a breath of fresh air, it's just gorgeous. ( F.T.Index: Mvua Inanyesha, Mimi Sitaki, Aturuko Ngwap, Vicky, Dunia Ina Mambo, Usiondoke, Ormetemi, Sitikito, Nakupenda Bibi, Kumpamba Lelo, Masengenyo. ) [11T/45M]
BABLOOM MODERN TAARAB KIMBWERU RC007 TC 5.00 COL
Gorgeous singing and music and an hour long with ten tracks by various artists. A couple of wobbly starts but that's only to be expected when the record deck they used wasn't an automatic!
BABY REHEMA AND BWAGAMOYO SOUND TUNDA SPECIAL RC003 TC COL
Absolutely pure magic is a total understatement as this wonderful band let loose with their modern style of Tanzanian dance music. Their fascinating vocal harmonies grab your attention immediately but so does the exuberance of their guitar playing, the sebens are gorgeous. If that isn't enough to send you into raptures then just have a listen to their own brand of drum driven Swahili call and response vocals. Its enough to send me into a state of pure ecstasy. A definite No.1 if they ever get it out on CD. 60 Minutes 1. TUNDA - BABY REHEMA
2. FATUMA - PRINCE MUMINI
3. TALAKA MAHAKAMANI
4. TUNDA (REMIX)
5. TUCHEZE NGOMA
6. SHUMBUKO - PRINCE MUNINI
7. NDOA YA MKEKA
8. TUCHEZE NGOMA (REMIX)
BANA MAQUIS LEILA (DKS009) 2002968 CD 11.99 COL
A smashing album of soft guitar based East African rumba. Once heard you'll be hooked for life. [7T/54M]
BI KIDUDE ZANZIBARA VOL. 4 DIVA OF ZANZIBARI MUSIC 860141 CD 12.99 COL
BLACK STAR AND LUCKY STAR MUSICAL CLUB NYOTA CDORB044 CD 13.35 COL
Definitely the bee's knees of Taarab music as the girls get going. Every track is sublime and you can't say that about many albums.
BLACK STAR MUSICAL CLUB ALPENZI NA KIUMBE - MNO NASUBIRI MLD494 7in 2.50 COL
CULTURE MUSIC CLUB BASHRAF - TAARAB INSTRUMENTALS DIZIM4509-2 CD 12.50 COL
DAIMA ABDALLAH AND DHAMIRA MUSICAL TAARAB KIFO CHA MAMA RC212 TC 6.50 COL
A wonderfull album of traditional Taarab music with the lovely voice of Daima. Very like 'Nyota'.
DAR JAZZ BAND AND TOMA TOMA ORCHESTRA ZILIPENDWA - REDIO TANZANIA REDIO TC 10.00 COL
A cracking compilation album put together by Radio Tanzania. The first five tracks come from Dar Jazz Band and the other five from Toma Toma Orchestra. Dar's tunes are old style mainly rumba based and a treat to listen to especially the lovely vocal harmonies, twinkling guitars and some rather pleasant horns. Toma Toma's tracks are totally different with a much faster paced and more modern electric sound. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of their music. [10T/54M] 1. HAYO YOTE NI YA DUNIA
2. NIFANYEJE SAPHINA
3. MPENZI SIKIA
4. NALIPENDA TUNDA
5. KUBALI NASEMA
6. STENDI YA BASI
7. STELA
8. MKE MWENZANGU
9. BABA KALEE
10. BWANA JUMA
DINGITUKA-MOLAY THE BEST OF....USINISOGELEE RC315 TC 6.50 COL
Super stuff as rumba style guitars and horns back up the sweet vocals.
FRANCIS KITIME IRINGA DRY RC004 TC 6.50 COL
At first sight this was a really grotty looking tape so it was one hell of a surprise to find that I was actually holding in my hand a treasure chest containing a hoard of golden tracks. Singer and acoustic guitarist Francis is now in his 60's and has always played this lovely dry, sweet and soothing style of traditional music known as 'Kihehe'. He even had some of his music released in the U.S.A. on CD, unfortunately nobody told him or offered to pay for the privilege of listening to his wonderful vocals or the magic of his guitar. On side two he is joined for some of the tracks by an un-named female singer with a very penetrating voice. Absolutely superb. (F.T.Index: Kulava Kwaicha, Yakupelyu Mugoda, Ilipuli Kukalenga .) [13T/60M] Please note that due to simple recording facilities this album contains extra sounds between the tracks. It would be well worth re-recording and editing the album onto another tape. I know I will be doing just that.
HISANI MUSICAL CLUB GARI KUBWA RC112 TC 6.50 COL
A fast paced modern version of Taarab music which is unusual and makes very interesting listening.
II PROUD NI MIMI RC008 TC £ 5.00
One of the new wave bands that are making a big impact on the youth of Africa with their hypnotic rap style. An hour and 11 tracks including two versions of their hit 'Siku'.
INNOCENT NGANYAGWA MONEY-PESA. REGGAE FROM THE HILLS RC368 TC £ 6.50
JAMHURI JAZZ HITS OF JAMHURI JAZZ CPOLP1013 TC £ 10.00
Originally one of Tanzania's top ranking bands with roots going back to its inception in the 60's. This compilation of some of their hits spans the period up to the mid 80's when this cassette was first produced. Superb slow rumba characterised by the beautiful interplay of the guitars and horns and also by the superb vocal harmonies that make this album a timeless gem. ( F.T.Index: Sasa Waka Chonjo, Safari, Wasi Wasi Ondoa, Mama Watoto, Ooh Masikini, Susana, Usinichukie Bure, Ewe Kisura. ) [8T/37M] 1. MAMA WATOTO
2. EWE KISURA
3. SUSANA
4. USINICHUKIE BURE
5. WASI WASI ONDOA
6. OOH MASIKINI
7. SASA WAKO CHONJO
8. SAFARI
JAMHURI JAZZ BAND ZILIZOPENDWA Vol. 2 CPOLP2002 TC 8.00 COL
JOHN KIJIKO AND ATOMIC JAZZ BAND SHEMEJI USIMPIGE DADA -1 CSABA5 TC £ 7.00
[10T/50M]
JUSTIN KALIKAWE AND URITHI BAND TWEYAMBE RC316 TC 6.50 COL
Incredibly beautiful Tanzanian reggae which will make you drop everything to listen spellbound. I also liked the joke on the inlay card that said it was 'DOLBY'.
JUWATA JAZZ BAND AND KILIMANJARO JAZZ BAND ZILIPENDWA - REDIO TANZANIA REDIO2 TC 10.00 COL
Another cracking compilation album put together by Radio Tanzania. The first five tracks come from Juwata Jazz Band and the next six from Kilimanjaro Jazz Band. Just magic. [11T/58M] 1. KRISTOPHER
2. DUNIA UWANJA WA FUJO
3. FATUMA MAISHA VITA
4. ETE
5. MWENDA POLE
6. TWENDE KWETU SHAMBA
7. WAKATI NILIPOINGIA
8. SISI SOTE VIJANA
9. KOSA GANI NIMEFANYA MARIA
10. NILIPATA KIBARUA
11. MIAYANGU GWEYE
KIDUMBAK KALCHA NG'AMBO: THE OTHER SIDE OF ZANZIBAR DIZIM4501-2 CD 12.50 COL
KIJALUO BEATS HESABU GHARAM RC370 TC 6.50 COL
KING KIKI MAESTRO OF TANZANIA RUMBA 70S/80S URKIKI01 CD 11.95 COL
KING KIKI - DOUBLE 'O' EMBALA SASA - SHIKA BREAK KIKI TC 10.00 COL
Absolute magic but where has he been hiding for all these years? Well Kikumbi Mwanza Mpango, to give him his real name, started out with Orchestra Maquis as their Kiswahili singer due to the Tanzanian Government not wanting Zairean bands to sing in their own Lingala language. He has also played with International Safari Sound Orchestra and Zaita Musica but today plays on the Dar Es Salaam Club circuit. I won't try to describe the music as these sample clips will tell you far more than I can. 1. NJIMINA
2. MTOTO KAANZA TAMBAA
3. MIMI NAWE
4. SALAMULE
5. MALALAMIKO
6. KIBWANANGE
7. KINYUME
8. LAMANDA
9. DODOMA CAPITAL
10. SIPENDI KUGOMBANA
MAQUIS ORIGINAL KIONGO KIONGO TC 10.00 COL
Maquis Original were one of the bands who moved to East Africa from Zaire in the late seventies. They were known as Maquis du Zaire at first and were very popular in Dar Es Salaam. This recording does not follow the track list of the cassette AHD036 of the same name but does have 4 of the 6 tracks. Kweli Maisha Ni Safari Ndefu and Nabwela Muziko Lya Zambia seem to have been replaced by two very different tracks both called Christmas. If anyone knows any answers to this one then please let me know. The inlay card seems to have had a rather rough time of it. 1. KIONGO
2. PONDAMALI
3. CHRISTMAS - 1
4. MAIGA
5. ZOWA
6. CHRISTMAS - 2
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE MASIMANGO (1969-1972) DIZIM4702-2 CD 12.50 COL
A very nice compilation that contains 6 of the 8 tracks from the cassette Vol. 3 plus some other tracks that have probably come from Vols. 1 & 2 as I can't find them on any of the others which I have. Will keep you posted if I manage to track down the two missing volumes for the info unless anybody out there knows? [12T/64M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE ORCH' SUPER VOLCANO Vol. 11 LSNMC002 TC 10.00 COL
Known as the Franco of the East, Mbaraka's 15 year career as guitarist, composer and band leader of Orchestra Volcano was brought to an untimely end in 1979 by a car crash. Sweet vocal harmonies with gorgeous rumba guitaring and horns that are the equal if not better than anything coming out of 60's and 70's Congo or Zaire. Gorgeous all the way through. Tracks: Penzi La Mashaka, The Beat is Mahoka, Pole Dada, Ujamaa Na Kujitegemea, Nasika Mwaniteta, The Beat is Mahoka II, Esta Wangu, Wana Moro, Nimechoka Kusemwa, Mandhi, Nalilia Raha, Penzi La Mashaka II.) [12T/59M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE ORCH' SUPER VOLCANO Vol. 12 LSNMC003 TC 10.00 COL
Tracks: Usiingulie Ugomvi Wao, Poleni Rufiji, Happy Christmas, Huyu Ni Shemeji Yako, Harusi No. 2, Sitakata Tamaav, Headquarters Ya Volcano, Vipi Posa (Mshenga No. 2). Yes you did read it correctly the third track is Happy Christmas, Kenyan style. Loved the guitars on Poleni Rufiji and Headquarters Ya Volcano although the sax line-up was a bit shrill when it blasted into life.
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 1 CPOLP536 TC 10.00 COL
The first of the late great Mbaraka's re-released compilation albums. 1. SHIDA
2. NISALIMIE WANAZIRE
3. MAPENZI YANITESA
4. CHOYO UACHE
5. TUTAKUJA GOMBANA
6. DR KLERUU
7. ESTA WANGU
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 2 CPOLP537 TC 10.00 COL
The second of the late great Mbaraka's re-released compilation albums and just as good as all the others. Great music with plenty of guitar, brass and a cracking beat and Mbaraka's lovely vocals to top it all off. [7T/39M] 1. MTAA WA SABA 142
2. POLE DADA
3. URAFIKI MWISHO WA MWEZI
4. VIJANA WA AFRIKA
5. KIZENA
6. JASINTA
7. SULULU YA MORO
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 3 CPOLP542 TC 7.00 COL
Gorgeous early album from Mbaraka and Orchestra Volcano who he led until his untimely death in a road accident in 1979. Musically it strolls along at a leisurely pace with a slightly Cuban lilt to it. The guitar picking is simply superb and the Hawaiian style sliding on Daktari is a cracker. The softly saxy sound of the horn section is definitely outstanding and combined with the sweet vocal harmonies it makes for a truly beautiful album. No wonder he was known as the 'Franco of the East'. ( F.T.Index: Mapenzi Shuleni, Daktari Ni Mimi, Wanisikitisha Mpenzi, Nikupendeje, Nirudie Mama, Ushamba Umekutoka, Masimango, Ewe Mwana. ) [8T/42M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 4 CPOLP550 TC 10.00 COL
With super smooth vocals, guitars and saxes I thought this has the making of a fabulous album as Mbaraka swung into action. However, sailing through the tracks it just got better and better and better still. Wow, what an album, absolutely brilliant.[40M] 1. BIBI WA WATU
2. DINA ULIAPA
3. KASEMA HAKUTAKI
4. MASIKA MTINDO MPYA
5. UAMINIFU NIMEUT AMBUA
6. UTANIKONDESHA MARIA
7. MAMA CHAKULA BORA
8. ROHO NDIYO MWAMUZI
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 5 CPOLP553 TC £ 10.00
Opens with a slow almost jazzy style track with the sax making most of the running. From there it just coasts along until by the beginning of track four the introductions are over and the party really begins. Soft, rich and with some very neat guitar picking interspersed with more brass it gives the whole album a sound to be treasured. ( F.T.Index: Unanitafuta Nini, Nitamtuma Mshenga, Makao Makuu Dodoma, Akula Mwembe Songo, Fadhili Ya Punda, Matamko Ya Viongozi Wetu, Tina Turudiane, Sina Pesa. ) [8T/40M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 6 CPOLP564 TC 7.00 COL
More superb music and song from the great but late Mbaraka. The guitars are literally throbbing all the way through and are augmented by some real mean but also beautifully played sax that blasts in to great effect. Not to be missed - its a cracker. ( F.T.Index: Masika Zole Zole, Harusi No.2, Dawa Ya Mapenzi, Afadhali Umerudi, Ugeni Tabu, Kifo Cha Pesa, Mshenga No.2, Unaulizwa. ) [8T/43M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 7 CPOLP566 TC 10.00 COL
Another cracking album from Mbaraka with the some really great brass blowing through those ever tinkling guitars. Pure magic as they sway through Regina and Expo 70. Yes 1970 is the year. Over thirtyfive years ago and it still sounds as fresh today as it did when it first came out. Very interesting to hear Mbaraka singing in Japanese and if you are wondering why he's rabbiting on in Japanese Expo 70 was held in Japan in 1970. Not to be missed. ( F.T.Index. Regina, Expo 70 Pt 1 & 2, Masikitiko Yetu, Nipeleke Nikashuhudie, Picnic Ya Volcano, Penzi Lako Hatari, Watalii . ) [8T/39M] CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CPOLP566 Track.Expo Part 1
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 8 CPOLP575 TC 10.00 COL
Its dangerous to put this sort of music in my tape deck as I seem to have a problem switching it off again. Just listen as Mbaraka's easy going vocals sail along with that infectiously simple snare drum and bass guitar background. The rest of the band add some natty horns and the lead guitar is there with some great string picking. The rumba rolls on but Matrida was rather intriguing as it had a hint of indian about it and red indian at that! On side two in comes Mashetani in its original two part form. If this track doesn't get you up and wiggling your way senuously across the floor then you are either deaf or dead! Wonderful music throughout especially as the sebens come in. A real cracker. ( F.T.Index: Mashetani, Safari Sio Kifo, Baba Mdogo, Washemeji Wangapi, Matrida Huna Siri, Talaka Kampa Nani. ) [6T/39M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 9 CPOLP592 TC 10.00 COL
Even more superb music and singing from the great late Mbaraka and his band. The guitars are once again literally throbbing but this time round the sax line up comes into its own with some superbly polished brass if you'll excuse the pun! This album is not to be missed - its a definite cracker and Twawapongeza is absolutely and uniquely unforgettable. ( F.T.Index: Twawapongeza Wanasoka, Kazi Nydiyo Msingi, Regina, Heko U.W.T., Mrudishe, Tunacho Gombea Nisi, Mwongoza Wa Tanu, Ukombozi Wa Africa. ) [8T/43M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE AND MORO GORO JAZZ BAND HALLO BETTY CSABA9 TC £ 5.00
This tape is an elusive little beast that defied my best efforts to get it for 4 years. Not part of the well known Polygram Archive collection but a set of live recordings released by Chandarana records in Kericho during 1968 and 1969. The sound is a bit crackly and has hiss in the background but has outstanding tracks like Moro Phata Phata which shows the band doing South African style Penny Whistle! 1. JIRANI NISAIDIE
2. HALLO BETTY
3. DAWA YA MAPENZI
4. NILIOTA NDOTO
5. AMINA MPENZI
6. YAMESHANI CHOSHWA
7. TARAKA
8. NA SHANGAA
9. MORO PHATA PHATA
10. FURAHA YA SABA SABA
11. WALO LENI MORO
50 MINUTES
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE AND MORO GORO JAZZ BAND MWANITETA - DAR-ES-SALAAM CAPITAL CSABA21 TC 10.00 COL
Volume 2 from the same set as Hallo Betty and not part of the well known Polygram Archive collection. Live recordings released by Chandarana records in Kericho during 1968 and 1969. The recording is marked as being Mobile (not a studio) and is a bit hissy but it came up very nice on my own CDR copy as you can hear from the samples. Contains a few more of the Kwela - Pennywhistle style tracks like the sample on CSABA9. 1. DAR-ES-SALAAM CAPITAL
2. DADA RE-HE-MA
3. WHEN YOU LEFT ME
4. MORO JAZZ PHATA PHATA
5. MPENZI TAFADHALI
6. MORO THE KWELA TOWN
7. MWANITETA
8. SITAKI TENA
9. AFRIKA HOYEE
10. OH PHATA PHATA
11. USISIKIE YA WATU
45 MINUTES
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA ASHA BORA ASHA TC 0.00 COL
A pirate tape bought in Tanzania. There was no album number or date and the only information was that the artwork was by F. K. MITHA LTD (TWALIB). Track No. 9 was not even credited on the tape inlay which listed only the first 8 tracks. Some of the recordings were rather poorly duplicated. The sound sample have been taken from the cleaned up and mostly corrected CD-R version in my own collection. Having searched the web for hours I found mention of only three of the nine tracks. Is this rare or what? 1. ASHA BORA
2. HAPENDEKI
3. USIA WA BABU
4. HALIMA
5. PENDO KILIO CHA FURAHA
6. POLE MKUU MWENZANGU
7. (INST)
8. CHRISTINA BUNDALA
9. HASIRA
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA KUPENDA SIO NDOTO KUPENDA TC 5.00 COL
Pirated tape and while side B is not too bad the sound on side A leaves a lot to be desired. 1. KUPENDA SIO NDOTO
2. MANENO MANENO YA NINI
3. TUMETOLA MBALI
4. USITUMIE PESA
5. DIANA
6. AIJA
7. PESA SIO DAWA YA MAPENZI
8. MKE WANGU
9. INSTRUMENTAL
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA MAISHA NI MAPAMBANO RC312 TC 6.50 COL
The wonderful sound of one of Tanzania's greatest rumba bands recorded in 1994 and not on any CD.
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA SUNGI PAM403 CD £ 13.20
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA TANZANIA DANCE BANDS VOL I - SIKINDE MSCD900902 CD £ 25.00
Superb set of tracks from one of Tanzania's most respected bands. It was compiled by Werner Graebner and released on the West German Monsun Label back in 1989. 1. NEEMA
2. MNANIONYESHA NJIA YA KWETU
3. TUCHEZE SIKINDE
4. UBAYA
5. MTOTO AKILILIA WEMBE
6. TANGAZIA MATAIFA YOTE
7. FIKIRINI NISAMEHE
8. NALALA KWA TAABU
9. USITUMIE PESA KAMA
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA THE BEST OF... AHD6002 TC £ 7.00
One of Tanzania's most popular bands formed in 1978 mainly from ex-members of Dar International. The band were winners of the national music contest in 1982 and followed this up with a string of hits. Neema was a real winner for them and won the band best song of the year in both 1985 and 86. Work that one out if you can. A big sound all round as the band usually numbers around twenty-five in strength. Great guitar playing and absolute magic in the brass section from bandleader 'King' Michael Enoch while vocal honours go to lead singers Cosmas Tobias (Usitume & Neema*) and Hassani Bitchuka. ( F.T.Index: Usitume Pesa, Clara, M. V. Mapenzi 1, Neema, M. V. Mapenzi 2, Mume Wangu Jerry. ) [6T/42M] *Both tracks were on CD's MSCD900902 or AC9402
MR NICE RAFIKI (FRIEND) MRN CD 10.00 COL
Tanzanian crooner Mr Nice, real name Lucas Mkenda is a Takeu style crooner. His Takeu style comes from the initials of TAnzania, KEnya and Uganda respectively. Mr. Nice's music incorporates elements from all three countries. He is currently reported to be the highest paid entertainer in East Africa at 4000 Dollars a show. He went professional in 1999 with the release of his maiden album Kidali Po and towards the end of 2002, he released his second album Rafiki, which now dominates the airwaves on Tanzanian radio. Tracks : Fagilia, Kikulacho, First Lady, Mbona Umeniacha, Rafiki and Kila Mtu Na Demu Wake.
MSONDO NGOMA THE BEST OF MSONDO NGOMA UR004 CD £ 9.90
MAGIC, magic and more magic as the old style rumba sounds cascade out from this the oldest band in East Africa. Starting over 40 years ago as Nuta Jazz Band before changing to Juwata Jazz Band and then OTTU Jazz Band before its final change to Msondo Ngoma Music Band in 2003. Tracks: Kaza Moyo, Hamida, Jesca, Tupatupa, Fatuma, Mtani Kumbuka, Baba Mayi, Kiala Chenja, Acapela Kilio Cha Mtu Mzima.
MUTA MUSICAL CLUB TUNDA LANGU - EMBE CPIN3 TC £ 7.00
Just arrived into stock. [10T/?M]
MUUNGANO CULTURAL TROOP SALAAM ZA MTWANGAJI RC211 TC 6.50 COL
Smashing album of modern Taarab music with gorgeous singers but play it well turned down if you value your speakers!
NDALA KASHEBA YELLOW CARD LSRCD001 CD £ 12.50
A veteran of the East African music scene, Kasheba was an important musical force in Tanzania since the 1970's when he first immigrated to Dar Es Salaam from the Congo. He was known as one of the greatest African guitarists, appointed the title 'Maestro' by his fans. Ndala Kasheba's music bore the stamp of his Congolese roots. With his booming tenor voice and big band ambiance, one inevitably thought of Franco in his prime. But Kasheba had a number of distinguishing qualities in his Swahili rumba sound, most notably his use of an electrified, 12-string acoustic guitar, which he overdubed to create a gorgeous, chiming ambiance. With his own group 'Zaita Musica' he wrote songs such as Dezo Dezo and Kokolay which were later massive hits for Tshala Muana. The group toured Europe in 1991 and Kasheba continued to perform as a solo guitarist as well as with his colleagues - Nguza Viking, King Kiki, Kassongo Mpinda Clayton, Kibambe Rhamadhan, Delphin Mununga, and others on multiple nights a week in various Dar es Salaam clubs. He most recently came to London in 2003 and performed at several events wearing a trademark straw hat. [10T/55M] Track: Massamba
NUTA JAZZ BAND ZILIZOPENDWA (OLD IS GOLD) CPOLP557 TC 10.00 COL
ORCHESTRA MAKASSY LEGENDS OF EAST AFRICA EUCD1909 CD £ 12.25
OTTU JAZZ BAND BABY YA MUZIKI RC313 TC £ 10.00
Flippin magic, great vocals, superb guitar and horns but new speakers if you forget to turn it down though! Nampenda Kinjana gets a look in twice on the tape but at over ten minutes of pure bliss I didn't mind a bit. ( F.T.Index: Nampenda Kinjana, Sote Tumeumbwa, Missy, Ole Bado, Tulipotoka Mbali, Mwana Hawa, Kwa Heri Kambarage. ) [8T/40M]
OTTU JAZZ BAND MAMA KANITUPA RC371 TC 6.50 COL
Absolutely gorgeous as the honey sweet vocals drift out over the softly throbbing drums and guitars, punctuated here and there by the horns. Kasheshe, Rehema Nico, Darubina Ya Mapenzi, Mama Kanitupa, I Love You, Zainabu, Nimechoka Mwenzenu. [7T/59M]
OTTU JAZZ BAND PIGA UA - TALAKA UTATOA UR002 CD £ 14.40
REMMY ONGALA MAMBO CDRW22 CD 13.45 COL
REMMY ONGALA SONGS FOR THE POOR MAN CDRW6 CD £ 9.40
REMMY ONGALA SONGS FOR THE POOR MAN RWMC6 TC £ 7.05
REMMY ONGALA THE KERSHAW SESSIONS ROOTCD004 CD 9.95 COL
REMMY ONGALA AND ORCH. SUPER MATIMILA HARUSI AHD6011 TC 7.00 COL
Magic from the first note to the last as Remmy and the band parade their talent for all to hear. Side 'A' will literaly take your breath away as they steam through the title track, Pamela and Siri Ya Usingizi. It's get your breath back time on side 'B' with the beautifully sung words backed by the distinctively twangy sound of Remmy's guitar line-up. To finish (You) off the last track Mariamu is a real belter which nearly had me and the chair through the kitchen ceiling!!!!! ( F.T.Index: Mariamu, Siri Ya Usingizi, Kipenda Roho, Asili Ya Muziki, Harusi, Pamela. ) [6T/43M]
REMMY ONGALA AND ORCH. SUPER MATIMILA KILIO CHA SAMAKI AHD6027 TC £ 7.00
It's alternative title is Bongo Beat and it contains the following tracks: Kilio Cha Samaki, Kibon Bo Bombo, Waseme Waseme, Uzazi Wa Mpango, Ujana Maji Ya Moto, Ma'azi Kwa Watoto and Ma'sha Ya Chips Kwa Kuku. The recording quality on a couple of tracks leaves a wee bit to be desired but with a bit of tweaking it comes through fairly OK. Mind you, with music this rare and this good, who the hell cares about a couple of slightly iffy tracks, so don't miss out on crackers like Kilio, the original Fish Song, Waseme Waseme and Kibon Bo Bombo, just get ready for some real mean chassis shaking. [7T/48M]
REMMY ONGALA AND ORCH. SUPER MATIMILA NASIKITIKA AHD6009 TC £ 7.00
This album was made in 1989, the same year he appeared at Womad and while he and the band were here they made the album 'Songs for the poor man' Two of the tracks on this album appeared on the Womad album, Nasikitika and Carola but having had a listen I prefer the more atmospheric feel of this home grown version. ( F.T.Index: Nani Ambembeleze Mwenzie, Tumetoka Mbali, Nasikitika, Chaguo Lako, Hakunu Matapeli, Carola. ) [6T/41M]
REMMY ONGALA AND ORCH. SUPER MATIMILA NISEME NINI AHD6019 TC £ 7.00
Remmy and the group are ready, its dark, its hot and humid, the bass starts to throb, the lead twinkles, the drums start to roll like thunder in distant mountains and that instantly recognizable voice purr's into action. The scene is set for clubbing Tanzanian style from a couple of decade or more ago. It must have been an incredible experience as those soft intro's lead into rumbustuous sebens that are so infectious that this album should have a health warning. Of particular interest is Utanikumbuka with a lovely but unnamed female singer taking Remmy's place and singing with him on two other tracks, anyone know who she is? ( F.T.Index: Bwana Mdogo, Niseme Nini, Tupendane, Utanikumbuka, Nyumba Za Kupanga, Neema Pt. 2. ) [6T/46M]
SALUM ABDALLAH NGOMA IKO HUKU (1955-1965) DIZIM4701-2 CD 12.50 COL
SEIF SALIM SALEH AND ABDULLAH MUSSA AHMED THE MUSIC OF ZANZIBAR Vol.1 ORBD032 LP 7.00 COL
SHIKAMOO JAZZ CHELA CHELA VOL I RETRO9CD CD 11.99 COL
SHIKAMOO JAZZ BAND WAZEE WA SAFARI ZAIT519 TC 7.00 COL
They released the gorgeous 'Chela Chela' CD back in 1994 and here is their follow up album that strangely hasn't got onto CD even though it was produced back in 1995! This time round the band play it more up tempo and definitely dance oriented and stranger still - they have actually got the guitar in tune this time. The usually ten strong group, although thirteen on the cover photo, are all stars in their own right and have played with or led just about every 60's and 70's a Tanzanian band you can think off and lots you can't. They may be old, the youngest a meer stripling of 42 but they put all their heart and soul into this wonderful album. Unbeatable. ( F.T.Index: Kijana Sudi, Mpenzi Mazua, Sesilia Waugu Wamoyo, Nula Mkacoma, Helena Njoo, Pendo La Fukara, Tulip Tembea Unguja, Kibwana Maradhi Yamemuondoa. ) [8T/54M]
SIJALE AND SAKAMA LIVE IN LONDON NACD0003 CD £ 10.95
The pulsating warmth of the Likwata rhythms of the Wa Yao of Southern Tanzania and Mozambique have always been associated with dance. Now Sijale and his group Sakama bring you their modern interpretation of those rhythms on this, their debut album. Recorded live in London, the band with its four strong guitar section, led by Feston Lusambo from Congo D. R., is backed by the penetrating sax of Ramadhan Athuman and the throbbing drums of Sadam Bopol. The pace is blistering and Sijale knows exactly what his fans want. More music and the hotter the better, with all the cheering going on they obviously got what they wanted. I'm told it got to No.1 in Tanzania. [7T/48M] Track: Kusubili Kwa Maumivu 2000
TONDO TANZANIAN CLASSICS (DKS022) 22200872 CD 11.99 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS DADA KIDAWA - SISTER KIDAWA OMCD032 CD 11.55 COL
Cracker of an album featuring the 60's sounds of Cuban/Afro-Arab fussion bands such as the Cuban Marimba Band, Kiko Kids Jazz, Kilwa Jazz Band,Western Jazz Band, Nuta Jazz Band, Dares Salaam Jazz Band, National Jazz Band and Njohole Jazz Band. Gorgeous all the way. [19T/62M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FROM TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR Vol. 1 CAP21554 CD 12.70 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FROM TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR Vol. 2 CAP21573 CD 12.70 COL
18 track compilation of magic modern taarab, thumping brass bands and drum driven rhythm groups mixed in with an outstanding song from guitarist Patric Balisdya who sings with taarab group Nyota. Superb sleeve notes and beautiful photo's of the artists.
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FROM TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR Vol. 3 CAP21577 CD 12.70 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIKI WA DANSI AC9403 CD £ 11.99
VARIOUS ARTISTS NEW AFRICAN COMPOSERS VOL. 1 NAC010602 CD £ 12.50
Magic compilation of contemporary East African music from the likes of Yekete Beat Band - Tanzania (3), Ndala Kasheba - Tanzania (4), Garikayi Tirikoti - Zimbabwe (2), Achigo Band - Tanzania (2), Delphin Mununga - Tanzania . [12T/71M] CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO NAC10602 Track. Tebo by Achigo Band
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO NAC10602 Track. Ngoma by Yekete Beat Band
VARIOUS ARTISTS SONGS THE SWAHILI SING OMCD024 CD 11.55 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SPICES OF ZANZIBAR - MILA NA UTAMADUNI 24210 CD £ 12.99
Features Nahifadhi Abdalla, Madame Faki, Iddi Suwedi, Saada Mohamed and Fatma Issa.
VARIOUS ARTISTS TANZANIA SA141007 CD 4.95 COL
Recorded in a village on the border between Malawi and Tanzania with artists from both countries. Features Kwatcha Troupe, Kasambwe Brothers, Ndingo Brothers, Makazi Band and Chiteiuje Tambaza.
VARIOUS ARTISTS TANZANIA DANCE BANDS VOL II MSCD9011170 CD £ 25.00
Another superb compilation featuring some of Tanzania's most respected bands. It was compiled by Werner Graebner and released on the West German Monsun Label back in 1991. A similar release by Africassette has the extra track Usia Kwa Watoto by Juwata Jazz which comes from CD AC9403. 1. NGALULA - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
2. TUPA TUPA - JUWATA JAZZ
3. CHATU MKALI - INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA SAFARI SOUND
4. MPENZI LUTA - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
5. HOMA IMENIZIDIA - INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA SAFARI SOUND
6. MABRUKI - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
7. MSAFIRI KAKIRI - JUWATA JAZZ
8. MAKUMBELE - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
9. SOMBOKO AMA - INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA SAFARI SOUND
10. NASONONEKA - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE MUSIC OF ZANZIBAR Vol. 3 CDORBD040 CD 13.35 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS VIJANA JAZZ BAND - UDA JAZZ - O.S.S. ETC CPOLP578 TC 8.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZANZIBARA VOL. 3 THE 1960'S SOUND OF TANZANIA 860142 CD 12.99 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZANZIBARA VOLUME 1 860118 CD 11.99 COL
Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club celebrating their 100 years (1905 - 2005) of taarab in Zanzibar.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZANZIBARA VOLUME 2 860119 CD 11.99 COL
The golden years of Mombasa taarab 1965 - 1975
VIJANA JAZZ BAND THE BEST OF VIJANA JAZZ Vol. 4 AHD6025 TC £ 7.00
Very little information about this super rumba band except that they were formed in 1971 by a group of Tanzanians. Having said that they must have been, maybe still are, pretty prolific and damned good to boot as this is their fourth album of hits. Could they now be Vijana Orchestra whose albums Air Pamba Moto and Bye Bye Umasiki I had a few years ago? Their top hit Thereza was for me easily eclipsed by both Usicheze and Mama Chichi with their beautifully lilting vocals and twinkling guitars. Mfitini could have been in the same vein but for the rather squeaky seben. ( F.T.Index: Mama Chichi, Usicheze Na Bahari No. 2, Thereza, Shoga, Mfitini, V.I.P. ) [6T/63M] 1. THEREZA
2. MFITINI
3. USICHEZE NA BAHARI No. 2
4. V.I.P.
5 SHOGA
6 MAMA CHICHI
VIJANA ORCHESTRA AIR PAMBA MOTO RC314 TC 6.50 COL
A mind boggling saga/rumba extravaganza that I reckon is terrific. Definitely tie me down time!
VIJANA ORCHESTRA BYE BYE UMASIKINI RC009 TC 6.50 COL
One of the few surviving 'Big Bands' with 21 members including a four piece brass section and an hour of smashing music - if only the idiots out there knew what a 'Rec Level' was and how to use it!
WESTERN JAZZ HITS FROM WESTERN JAZZ CPOLP1028 TC 10.00 COL
When I first got a copy of this album in 1990 I stuck an note on it with just one word, WONDERFUL. Now six years later, it is in stock and I'm sitting here doing the write up, any change to that first impression - yes - it doesn't do it any justice at all. Old style East African rumba with super sweet vocals set to guitars that are both melodic and glitzy or even downright Hawaiian. The drummer rattles along in the background with a bit of cow bell every so often just so you don't forget he's there, likewise the sax players who give a quick brass burst every now and then. However its definitely guitars and vocals up front in a truly classic performance. Miss it at your peril. ( F.T.Index: No chance, its all brilliant. ) [13T/55M]
WESTERN JAZZ BAND SABOSO CPOLP654 TC 10.00 COL
Originally released way back in 1971 this album sounds as fresh and fragrant today as it was then. Soft and dreamy vocal harmonies weave their way through the absolutely gorgeous Dar-es-salam influenced rumba guitar playing. No point in writing any more as this album is simply exquisite. ( F.T.Index: Salima, Weka Akiba, Masikini, Kilimo, Veronica, Jeanine, Mtindo Wa Saboso. ) [12T/57M]
WESTERN JAZZ BAND TUNAZIKUMBUKA Vol. 11 AHD027 TC 10.00 COL
Christina, Christina, Christina, as soon as it starts to play I just stop everything and drift of to cloud nine. If the girl was as perfect in life as this track then its no wonder they wrote a song about her. The album's softly lilting guitar rhythms, simple woodblock style percussion, breezy horns and singing that is sweetness itself is perfection all the way through. Definitely classic material that deserves a home in every collection. ( F.T.Index: Ewe Mpenzi Christina, Karibu Kwetu, Juhudi Zao, Pesa Nyingi, Barua Nyingi Nilikutumia, Macheche, Ndoto Ya Uongo, Mali Ya Mwenzio. ) [8T/40M]


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