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Heritage from the mainland

I’ve always associated the Masai people with Kenya, so it was interesting to see men of that heritage in Zanzibar, dressed in their traditional clothes. In some ways, their look is similar to the traditional dressing of Asante and other Ghanaian heritages, inasmuch as...

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Being fashionable

German, Khamis Sela and little old me! A young person in Zanzibar asked me about making fashionable popular music, in the vein of many hip hop inspired artists from Africa and I told him I’m past the age of chasing that sort of attention. He seemed puzzled and wanted...

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Frozen impressions

On the grounds of Mahurubi Palace, Zanzibar, with Farouque and German When old friends and associates get together after spending time apart from each other in different countries, it is interesting to reflect on how much they have moved on in their personal journeys...

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Making music across cultures

With Zubair and Amina at DCMA It was a pleasure to make music with students and tutors at the Dhow Countries Music Academy. Some folks say that music is a universal language, but I would beg to differ. There are many genres within music and artists have many different...

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Labouring in the sun

Sailing with German to Prison Island I was happy to loll around in the sun in Zanzibar, but for a lot of the time, I was mentally engaged with developing the music for King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba  - a new music theatre piece that I’m creating. Sometimes I...

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Missing the heat

Farouque, German and yours truly at Emerson Hurumzi Hotel On the day I left Zanzibar, I wore a linen suit, because I guess I feel I’ve reached that stage in life when one needs to be a little bit more formal in appearance, especially when travelling long distances. My...

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