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Country Tanzania Genres band roots fusion Website www.instagram.com Festival Sauti za Busara 2022 Recordings Shika Ndoto, 2020; Mama Samia, 2021; Matatizo, Wacha Niende, 2022 On stage Feb 2022
Sat 12,  7:05pm Old Fort Main Stage
Bahati Female Band are eight Tanzanian women who describe their music as a combination of afro-fusion, afro-pop and bongo flava. Some of the members used to work with Lumumba Theatre and other groups based in Dar es Salaam. They decided to establish their own group to focus on performing a variety of traditional and contemporary music styles.
They started off performing mostly cover versions, but now they write their own songs that are touching souls and inspiring women to find their voices and pursue their dreams.
‘Subira’ calls for patience and trust in pursuing goals, and not be disheartened when success is not immediate. ‘Uze’ is sung in the character of a woman who is introducing her lover to her family for the first time, whilst ‘Dunia’ berates the loss of national identity that comes from people overvaluing influences from abroad.
Bahati Female Band’s popularity is beginning to increase due to their lively shows, which took place over the past year at Nafasi Art Space, Malkia wa Nguvu, Pamoja Music Festival and Marafiki Music Festival.