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Bi Kidude, the voice of Zanzibar

Let’s get inspired by the culture of Tanzania and Zanzibar, telling the story of a music celebrity that is one of the most loved among the local people: the singer Bi Kidude.

Bi Kidude

She passed away few years ago, when she was over 100 years old. Bi Kidude is one of the most unforgettable music artists that Tanzania ever had. She is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music, and experts of ancient rituals.

There are not precise information about the early years of her life. She was the daughter of a coconut seller in the village of Mfagimaringo, colonial Zanzibar. Even though, whoever had the chance of seeing her on the stage have been impressed by this little woman with an extraordinary voice and talent.

There isn’t any published book about her life apart from the known video documentary “As old as my Tongue – The Myth and Life of Bi Kidude” by director Andy Jones. But also the Zanzibari tourism community keeps memory of her: the luxury hotel on the island, ‘236 Hurumzi’, named their restaurant ‘Kidude’ in her honour.

Zanzibar. A tour on the footsteps of Princess Salme

Princess Salme, daughter of Sayyid Said bin Sultan Al-Busaid (Sultan of Zanzibar and Oman) is one of many legendary names having their origin in the archipelago. Her story is written in a book, Memoirs of an Arab Princess – but let’s have a quick look to the highlights of her life.

Salme of Zanzibar

A girl able to ride horses, to fence with sword, dagger and lance, and to fire rifles and pistols… but also one of the few women at that time self-taugh to read and write.
Following her German husband Heinrich Ruete, at one point she moved to Europe.

Even nowadays, around the historical places and ruins in Unguja where she used to live during her childhood, it is possible to discover magical places and secret corners where the past is still alive.

The pictoresque architectures in the ruins of Mtoni Palace, where she was born and lived the earliest years of her life and the ruins of the elegant Kidichi Persian Baths.

Leaving from Stone Town you can also get the chance to taste a bit of the everyday life at the Sultan’s court: the traditional coffee ceremony, the doneky ride to Kidichi, a meal prepared in the traditional way (pilau, fish masala, meat, bananas, salad, fruits, fresh fruit juice and spice tea) and a tour across the spice plantations.

It’s almost holiday time! Time as well to book your trip to Zanzibar… Contact our safari experts at info@savannahtz.com.