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Music of the Waswahili of Lamu, Kenya, Vol. 3: Secular Music

Various Artists
Music of the Waswahili of Lamu, Kenya, Vol. 3: Secular Music

Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa and is considered a leading center of Islamic and Swahili cultures. In 2001, Lamu Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Secular music in Lamu is mainly related to weddings but also to national patriotic celebrations; it accompanies dancing and processions. Especially important to note is that the musical instruments played for secular music are never used in religious contexts. Liner notes include historical information, maps, and in-depth explanations of the selected tracks.

Track Listing

101
Goma Dancers and musicians from Siyu and Faza 7:07
102
Chama 17 men and boys from Matandoniof visiting a wedding in Lamu 11:23
103
Tarab Famau and the Harambee Music Club 8:26
201
Kirumbizi Two men stick dancers and drummers 10:05
202
Vugo Female singers 6:44
203
Chakacha Women dancers of Lamu and men musicians 5:06
204
Msuwaki A few women and family of a bride 2:21

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