Omukaile Kilinjwi: Saida Karoli

I decided to branch out today and present music from Tanzania. This is from that wonderful Rough Guide series and is entitled The Rough Guide to the Music of Tanzania (2006).

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3 Comments on “Omukaile Kilinjwi: Saida Karoli”

  1. MT C Says:

    Actually this is quite nice. Enjoyed it but if I knew a bit about the country and the people and customs, I’m sure it would be better still.

    That’s what I’ve found about he local music here too. Of course they have embraced ours outright, the modern stuff we hear on the radio now. But riding in a taxi here, it is the local stations that play oldies on the pop and country side that you will hear.

    Traditional music is here also and greatly enjoyed and passed on from generation to generation as are the dances. Simple by our standards perhaps, but its a part of their customs that hold them together as a nation. Customs and tradition are required subjects on school also. And grandparents frequently tell of acestors and the old ways. Its good to see. I wish I understood more, I just know they are great stories as the small children listen with that far away look in their eyes, just imagining.

    I have tried to record some of the ceremonies on both video and sound recordings without much luck. There is always a lot of shouting and jesting along with the gongs, making things difficult to sort out. I’ve looked in the local stores too, and questions have always been met with blank stares as if to say”What’s a white guy want with that!” or maybe its because it is so readily available every celebration. I’ll just have to look on the internet I guess.

    Sounds like you had a nice Easter. Lots of color and fashion. Knee highs are cheating don’tchaknow. LOL

    Lots going on here. Its Walter’s and Isabel’s last day as they will be heading to Manila tomorrow and flying out on Thursday. I had better get busy.


    • katry Says:

      I thought it had a wonderful sound, and I do like to offer music from other countries every now and then.

      When I lived in Ghana, I loved high life music which began in Ghana then spread. I was there when it still had a traditional sound, but when I went back, I heard hip hop high life and all sorts of other more modern music. I missed the traditional as it was unique to Ghana.

      Each tribe also has its own traditional tribal dances, some slow and lovely and other high-spirited with accompanying drums. As you said, the traditions are passed from generation to generation and provide a bridge to the past.

      Smithsonian music often has recordings from other countries, and I found Ghanaian music there. You maight find soe there as well.

      I loved wearing knee-his-it was like my joke on fashion!

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