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Twarab ya Shingazidja: a first approach

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Historically the culture of the Comoro Islands shows a strong relationship to the Swahili culture of the East African coast. Archeology, written and oral history have impressively documented these bonds dating back not less than a thousand years. The appearance of so called twarab in the first decades of the 20th Century once more demonstrated the closeness of this cultural imaginary that links the Comoros to the Swahili world, and beyond to include the predominantly Islamic cultures of the Western Indian Ocean. The paper is a first approach to the history of twarab on one island, Ngazidja, until the mid-1960s. It also addresses the question of language use, especially the relationship between East Coast and Comorian varieties of Swahili, and the influence of the Swahili poetic canon on the practice of Ngazidjan poets and singers. The orthography of names and place names follows Comorian conventions. A distinction is made between `twarab` and `taarab`, the former is the Comorian rendering and refers to the Comorian style, while the latter designates the East African Coast or Swahili variant.

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 8.2001
Swahili, Taarab, Twarab, Komoren, Ostafrika
Swahili, taarab, twarab, Comoro Islands, East Africa
SWD SchlagworteSwahili, Taarab, Komoren, Ostafrika
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
HochschuleUniversität Bayreuth
FakultätInstitut für Afrikastudien
HochschuleUniversität zu Köln
FakultätInstitut für Afrikanistik
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)09.08.2012
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-91625
QuelleSwahili Forum 8 (2001), S. 129-143

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