2006 festival was in Stone Town, Zanzibar, February 9th-12th 2006
and Kendwa beach, north coast, February 14th 2006.
It showcased a rich and dynamic programme including
ngoma traditional music, taarab, kidumbak, rumba 'muziki wa dansi',
mchiriku, Swahili hiphop 'bongo flava', Afropop fusions, mystic
and religious music, theatre, comedy, acrobatics and dance. There
were over thirty groups from the Swahili-speaking region: Zanzibar,
Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi, plus six specially selected
groups from Swaziland, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso and Europe.
included Ferooz (bongo flava megastar), Mchinga
Sound (muziki wa dansi), Jagwa Music (mchiriku
from Dar es Salaam - favourites at WOMEX UK 2005!), Lady
Jaydee (with live band), Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar
taarab), Sinachuki Kidumbak, Bi Kidude msondo
group, Black Roots (Zanzibar), Mkalimala Culture Group
(traditional music from Mtwara), Taffetas (kora fusion
from Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau & Europe), Black Roses
(Swaziland), Ukoo Flani MauMau (Nairobi hiphop),
New Sound Band (Burundi), Atongo Zimba (Ghana) and
The Shrine Synchrosystem featuring DJs Rita & Max from
London, performing live with musicians and rappers from West and
For a full report with pictures
have a look at our "Eye witness report".