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Thursday, September 17, 2009
NZUMARI AWARDS 2009
Well i'm not so impressed by these awards but Nyota Ndogo did win best female artist. The awards are coast based, no Nairobi artists but Tanzanian artists accepted.Interestingly the promoters don't seem to mind where TZ artists come from..bongo after all is not just coast it does have an upcountry too. It comes across as some kind of cheap entertainment with little regard to the true talent at the coast. There was no category for traditional coastal artists who sell thousand of cassettes,or what about the hotel/tourist bands and taarab?.Not enough bling ama?
To make up for this omission I've posted the song Jino la Pembe, classic Mombasani taarab from the internationaly renowned Zahura Swaleh who is well into her seventh decade on mother earth. Earlier in the year she was representing Mombasa and Kenya, performing in France alongside Maulidi another Mombasa musical legend. In the video from France you will also see baba Adio.
Didn't Bob Marley sing :
'If you know your history. Then you would know where your coming from'
Born in Mombasa,Kenya Nyota Ndogo has been collecting fans of her eclectic East African sound for over 4 years now.She has 3 cd's released under her name CHEREKO,NATOKA MBALI NA WEWE,MPENZI.She has also featured on 3 international compelations WORLD 2003, THE ROUGH GUIDE TO KENYA and OFF THE BEATEN TRACK.She is also holder of two Kenya Kisima Music Awards:Best Taraab Singer 2003.Best Female Singer 2005