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 The Sounds of Taraab (3 Albums, 24 Tracks)

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LOCATION:New York, NY
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  • self-released
MEMBERS:
  • Alsarah - vocals
  • Ismail Butera - accordion and vocals
  • Rami El Aaser- percussion [darbeki
  • riq
  • frame drum]
  • Tiye Giraud - percussion and vocals (shekere
  • darbeki
  • pandeiro)
  • Michael Hess - violin and nai flute
  • Haig Manookian - oud

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. (-by Rob Weisberg http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/22663)


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UPLOADED:12/04/2008
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STARRED:3
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UPLOADED:02/17/2009
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Album

Zanzibar, New York
01. Bashraf Salama (07:16)
02. Daka Kozi Manowe (04:34)
04. Mapenzi Matamu (05:12)
06. Eni Wana Damu (05:08)
07. Rufiji (06:14)
09. Sishituki (04:45)
10. Unalo (09:03)
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
LISTENS:5263
STARRED:4
COMMENTS:1
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User Comments

01
cindyk on 04/10/09 at 02:00PM
AMAZING!!!! You'v'e got a new fan!
02
katya-oddio on 05/13/10 at 06:36PM
Website link has expired. Here they are:
http://www.myspace.com/soundsoftaraab
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