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Globalwize Radioshow #449

24/05/2024Listen To An 'African Presence' Special Introduction To The Music Of Tanzania W/ Prof. Dr. Imani Sanga

You may or may not have noticed that episode #448 is missing. It was recently aired on Frankfurt community radio X, but not recorded due to an unfortunate bug in the software. That being said, we are all the more excited to present you episode #449 of WeltBeat host and selector Jean Trouillet's far-reaching broadcasts, which just so happens to be another 'African Presence' special in cooperation with Dr. Hauke Dorsch, director of the African Music Archives at the University of Mainz. This particular show offers an introduction to the music of Tanzania by special guest, Prof. Dr. Imani Sanga. 

Sanga is Professor of Music in the Department of Creative Arts at the University of Dar es Salaam. His research focusses on Popular Music, Cultural Musicology, Aesthetics, Postcolonial Theory, Music and Swahili Literature as well as the Music of Tanzania. He earned his PhD degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2006 with a dissertation entitled "Muziki wa Injili: Temporal and Spatial Aesthetics of Popular Church Music in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1980s-2005)". Besides teaching a wide range of courses on popular music, film music, composition, aesthetics and gender, Sanga also conducts the university choir in Dar es Salaam and has published several compositions of his own as well as numerous publications.

The "Globalwize Radioshow #449" brings us a diverse selection of Tanzanian popular music by artists such as Hukwe Zawose, the Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club, the Culture Musical Musical Club, Sahib El Arry featuring the late and great taraab vocalist Bi Kidude, the Dar Es Salaam Jazz Band, the Jamhuri Jazz Band, Salum Abdallah & Cuban Marimba, Mbaraka Mwinshehe & the Morogoro Jazz Band, Hukwe Zawose collaborating with Canadian producer/instrumentalist Michael Brooks, Tanzanian guitarist/singer Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila, the brilliant East African afro-rock collective Sunburst, the popular 'muziki wa dansi band' Mlimani Park Orchestra, soukous outfit Makassy Orchestra and, last but not least, the versatile Tanzanian luminary Diamond Platnumz. Besides the wonderful selection, Dorsch and Trouillet interview Sanga, who offers a wide array of insights, providing context where needed. You can now stream the full show via the player below or head directly to our greedio channel on Mixcloud for more quality audio content from around the globe.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom