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Poetry and Languid Charm

Poetry and Languid Charm (Topic TSCD936)

Poetry and Languid Charm
Swahili Music From Tanzania and Kenya from the late 1920s to 1950s
Various Artists

Topic Records TSCD936 (CD, UK, 2007)

From the World & Traditional Music Section of the British Library Sound Archive;
Text and compilation by Janet Topp Fargion


  1. Jauharah Orchestra: Nna hamu (The yearning keeps increasing in my heart) (2.40)
  2. Nasor Khalfan with the Jauharah Orchestra: Makuganya (Hijaz kar) (There isn’t one who wouldn’t desire you, if you clean yourself up) (2.40)
  3. Siti binti Saad and group: Wewe Paka (You are a cat) (2.58)
  4. Sheik Mbaruk with Siti binti Saad and group: Usiweke tamaa mbele (Don’t be greedy) (5.50)
  5. Egyptian Musical Club: Sheik Salim’s song (2.49)
  6. Ramazan na Subeit bin Ambar (udi and flute): Taksim nahwandi—wimbo wa vinanda viwili (improvisation un the nahawand maqam—song for two instruments) (2.54)
  7. Watoto wa Madrasa El-Hasanain (Children of the El-Nasanain Koranic School): Ya Rabba ssama (Oh! Lord of Heaven) (5.14)
  8. Egyptian Musical Club: Mwizionaumwa (I am ill, my fellow) (2.38)
  9. Siti binti Saad and group: Muhogo wa Jang’ombe (Cassava of Jang’ombe) (2.58)
  10. Sheik Mbaruk with Siti binti Saad and group: Kigalawa (Like a wooden boat with outrigger) (6.00)
  11. Alwatan Musical Club: Ee, Baba Pakistani (Hey, Daddy Pakistani) (3.08)
  12. Bom Amberton: Nahawand no. 2 (violin solo) (2.48)
  13. Alwatan Musical Club: Hayana Ukomo (There is no end) (2.32)
  14. Siti Ganduri and Party of Ras Maalim Rivue: Nimekwisha swalitika (I am done with being questioned) (2.56)
  15. Maalim Abdi (with udi and violin): Natamani uwa [ua] (I desire a flower [love]) (2.58)
  16. Alwatan Musical Club, singer M. Maftaha: Iwapi risala? (Where is the message) (2.47)