Various Artists

Poetry and Languid Charm: Swahili Music from Tanzania

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Otherworldly beauty is the order of the day on this fascinating compilation of taarab (poetry chanted over African and Arabic music) from Tanzania and Kenya, recorded in the 1930s and '50s by Gramophone, Gallo, Columbia, and other record labels. The tracks are surprisingly clear, remastered from the original 78's.

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