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To refer to the origin of taarab as a direct importation of Egyptian music by the Arab upper class (Topp 1994:l53) is a plausibility without solid evidence.

Taarab is described in multiple online sources, as addition to our editors' articles, see section below for printable documents, Taarab books and related discussion.

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11 things to like about Zanzibar
Taarab music is meant to be soothing to the soul. Listened to all over Tanzania and Kenya, it was brought to Zanzibar by Sultan Sayyid Said from Egypt.
Has the occult taken over our music?
By Stella Brikey It was around 8pm, on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, where one of the most prominent Modern taarab bands was about to host a gig.
Peeping Toms
"This practice used to be common back in the days forcing some Taarab singers to sing songs lamenting the vice. It is a nuisance which is difficult to wish away," she said.
Big Interview
Their messages touch on things that people go through in their daily lives and their melodies are nice, may be it is because of the influence they get from taarab music. Which is your greatest achievement since you started music?
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Taarab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Taarab is a music genre popular in Tanzania and Kenya.
Taarab: Utalijua jiji Part 1 - YouTube
Jan 27, 2007 Swahili/Taarab music by (Afua Suleimani) East African Melody.
Taarab - YouTube
Apr 23, 2007 Mama Lea mtoto wangu.......Excuse the video quality.
Zanzibar :: Zanzibar Music - Taarab | Specials
Taarab, also called tarabu or tarab, is Zanzibar's most popular music.

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