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KORK playing Taarab

The sound of Zanzibar's history

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) is constantly making new, pioneering projects and they are now playing music from East Africa for the first time.

Taarab music has its origins in 19th-century Zanzibar. It merges tones from all the cultures that have left their mark in this area, and you can hear echoes of South Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

At Oslo World Music Festival you can hear KORK playing taarab music with singer Maryam Said, Maton and Rajab Suleiman from Zanzibar. This is a concert that presents an entirely new approach to the East African musical tradition.

The word taarab is a loan from Arabic and means “to have fun with music”. That is exactly what we think will happen at the concerts in Oslo. This concert can be seen both in the Kulturkirken Jakob and Rommen Scene in Stovner. The concerts will also be recorded and broadcast on NRK P2.

Line up:
Kringkastingsorkestret, Matona (oud og fiolin), Rajab Suleiman (qanun), Maryam Said (vocal).
Produsent: Sigbjørn Nedland
Arrangement: Petter Winroth, Sverre Indris Joner og Per Ekdahl

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