Country Zanzibar Genres taarab kidumbak roots pop fusion Website sitiandtheband.com /sitiandtheband Festival Sauti za Busara 2018, 2020, 2022 Recordings Fusing the Roots, 2018
Siti & The Band are musical change makers. They blend traditional sounds of Zanzibar taarab music with contemporary rhythms including jazz, funk and reggae and personal influences from their daily lives.
Amina Omar, aka Siti Amina and her band were greatly inspired by Siti bint Saad and Bi Kidude, the mothers of Zanzibar taarab. In keeping their cultural heritage alive, the band are role models for a new generation of East Africans, celebrating their roots, valuing uniqueness and building identity, whilst finding their own musical voices. More importantly, the group fights for the right of fellow female artists to express themselves and speak out on issues of concern, such as domestic violence.
Siti & The Band’s first album 'Fusing the Roots' illustrates the timelessness of Zanzibar's traditional and contemporary music. The empowering lyrics provide a strong statement for the self-determination of African women. The unique musical compositions beautifully entangle traditional and contemporary arrangements. Combined with empowering messages, the album translates Zanzibar's cultural heritage for modern day society.
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