Prof. Dr. Laura Fair

Music, memory and meaning

The Kiswahili recordings of Siti Binti Saad

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

I his paper examines the music and career of Siti binti Saadi, a famous taarab musician who performed in Zanzibar during the 1920s and 1930s. Relying on four distinctive types of evidence: her recorded music, written documentation produced in East Africa, interviews with men and women who heard her perform and records of company executives I compare perspectives regarding the source of power and authority attributed to her voice as well as the meaning of her music. Siti binti Saadi was the first East African to have her voice captured and reproduced on 78 rpm gramophone disks. The production of these records enhanced her status and imbued her voice with a sense of authority that it otherwise may never have attained. Written histories of taarab, particularly those authored in the 1950s and 1960s, often memorialize her as literally, `giving voice to the voiceless,´ allowing the voice of East Afiica to be heard internationally.

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 5.1998
Swahili, Taarab, Siti Binti Saad, Sansibar
Swahili, taarab, Siti Binti Saad, Zanzibar
SWD SchlagworteSwahili, Taarab, Sansibar
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
HochschuleMichigan State University
FakultätDepartment of History
HochschuleUniversität zu Köln
FakultätInstitut für Afrikanistik
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)09.08.2012
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-92319
QuelleSwahili Forum 5 (1998), S. 1-16

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