Performance - 28 June 2009 Chorus: Muhogo wa jang'ombe (The cassava of jang'ombe), Sijauramba mwiko (I didn't leak the cooking spoon), Usitukane wakunga (don't abuse the nurses), Na uzazi ungalipo (you still have a womb). Verse 1: Ya nini kutoka damu (why do you bleed), Kwa jambo lisilokuwa (for something that wont happen), Utahadhari na mwiko (give a warning to the cooking spoon), Wakati wa kupakua (when serving), Ukitaraji makoko (if you expect the crust), Chungu utakitoboa (you will perforate the pot). Verse 2: Kamfunge kamfunge (go tie him go tie him), Beberu wa athumani (Athumani's He-goat), Umfunge Umfunge (tie him, tie him), Pahala panapo jani (where there is grass), Endaye tezi na omo ( He who goes front and back of the ship), Marejeo ngamani (will come to the centre of the ship). Verse 3: Wataka na kutembea (you want to walk), Laazizi unifikie (to reach me my love), Walimwengu walimwengu ((worlders worlders) - people of the world people of the world), Kila mmoja na lake (everyone has their own) Muhitaji hana haya (the needy don't feel shy) Wacha watu wakucheke (let people lough at you)
Arab melodies from Zanzibar with the queen of Taarab, the 93 year old Bi Kidude Founded in 1958, the Culture Musical Club is Zanzibar’s premier taarab club. The orchestra performs widely at concerts in Zanzibar town, but also frequently travels overland with a fold-up stage and an electricity generator to bring its music to the rural areas as well. The club has released hundreds of songs on the local market and since 1988 they have had six releases on the international market. The orchestra has had highly successful tours all over Europe in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007; in September 2006 they toured the US to high acclaim, in July 2007 the club performed in Japan. A North American tour is planned for the 2008-2009 season. Besides taarab, many club members are also active in kidumbak groups, smaller ensembles that play a more down-home dance-focused music. Both types of music are played on stage, contrasting the serene sound of orchestral taarab to the festive and sexually charged dance that is kidumbak. On its tours the club regularly features invited guest singers. The summer 2009 will include the legendary 93 year old Bi Kidude, the veteran diva of Zanzibar, who is now in her mid-90s but is still famous for breaking taboos, both in her sexually-explicit lyrics and her bravery for daring to sing with her face uncovered.