Founded in 1905, Nadi Ikhwan Safaa can probably trace its roots back further than any other orchestra in Africa.
At first, the orchestra played Egyptian and Arabic music. In the early 1950s, they started composing their own songs, with Swahili lyrics. Since then, Ikhwan Safaa - or "Malindi Taarab", as they are affectionately known - continue to enjoy huge popularity with local people of all ages.
This is taarab in its original beauty – delicate poetry, outstanding vocal performances, which in their finely-chiselled instrumentals and elaborate ornamentation reveal the close connection to their Arabic roots. Love, companionship, friendship, the enjoyment of music, the pains of sadness, all find expression in their moving performances and in the sweet sounds of their orchestral arrangements.
Every known musician from Zanzibar has at some point or other played with Malindi. The group has performed across East Africa, in UK, Oman and Dubai.