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Hukwe Zawose


Hukwe Zawose, or Dr. Hukwe Zawose to provide him his complete title, is definitely probaby Tanzania’s very best musical treasure. We were young in Doduma, he was a cattle herder with the required time to himself along with a love from the countryside that’s evident in his music and his championing of folk customs. His initial device was the ilimba, or huge thumb piano, which his old brother also performed. Then added the stringed izeze, his father’s device. His gifts had been quickly noticeable and he started on offer the villages being a musician. He recalls, “while i was a man my tone of voice was so sugary that folks would frequently cry while i sang. Actually, sometimes I’d hear myself and also I’d cry, wanting to know what I acquired performed to deserve this kind of precious present.” Ultimately, Julius Nyerere, the very first president from the recently independent country, found out about him and summoned him to the administrative centre, Dar Ha sido Salaam. There, the son found favor along with his typically structured music and became a founding person in the Professional Music artists of Tanzania, an organization also called the Country wide Music Outfit of Tanzania. The music group was based on the Bagayomo University from the Arts and also as he was using them, Zawose was developing his very own wagogo style, mixing up traditional tales with politics lyrics in Swahili. Right now he’d turn into a master from the thumb piano, with an enormous sound to complement his remarkable tone of voice — apparently he includes a five-octave vocal range. He’d also become prolific in areas beyond music, fathering a complete of 15 kids by four wives, and playing within a duo with one of is own sons, Charles Zawose. With the middle-’80s, Zawose and kid had been touring outside Africa; by the end from the decade using the Professional Musicians; then released Artwork of Hukwe Ubi Zawose in Japan, an archive that brought him to the eye of globe music enthusiasts because of its stylish performing and playing. Folkloric and acoustic, it provided the type of understanding to Tanzanian music that non-e from the pop rings from the coastline could match. It had been accompanied by Tanzania Yetu and Mateso within the British indie Triple Globe, and Zawose remaining his ensemble behind to create his house in London, getting an established area of the WOMAD event circuit, which he still frequently plays. That, subsequently, resulted in his first single disk, 1996’s Chibite, which critic known as “a startling music stripped right down to uncooked elements.” From then on, Zawose came back to Tanzania, although he continuing to tour frequently around the world. He was in no be quick release a another recording, and it wasn’t until 2001 that Mkuki Wa Rocho made an appearance on the tiny Womad Select label in a restricted pressing. Zawose, an honorary Doctor of Music, continuing to try out, but spent his old age teaching music in his indigenous land. He passed on in Dec of 2003 at age 65.

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Full Name Hukwe Zawose
Date Of Birth 1940
Died December 30, 2003, Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Profession Musician
Music Songs Sisitizo La Amani Duniani, Chilumi, Safari Na Muziki, Sauti Za Kigogo, Twendeni Sote Na Mwanga Wa Amani, Nyangawuya, Jende Chiwuyaje Kukaya, Mateso, Ibarikiwe Mungu Yupo Duniani, Munyamaye, Nghanga Msakuzi, Kuna Kunguni, Chilumi Kigumu, Mbeleje, Haliko Chijende, Songa Mbele, Ntambalize Lijenje, Chilumi Cha Kwetu, Sina Raha, Sisi Vijana, Tanzania Yetu, Dunian / Africa Tanzania, Lukunzi, Awuno Mganga Ndeje, Motyani, Nhongolo, Ilimba, Izeze, Furuti, Chilimba, Utamaduni wetu tudumishe, Mganda
Albums Chibite, The Art of Hukwe Ubi Zawose, Bagamoyo, Mkuki wa rocho (A Spear to the Soul)

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Gangs of New York 2002 performer: "Chilumi" / writer: "Chilumi"



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