"Zanzibara 5: Hot In Dar" - Mlimani Park Orchestra

Mlimani Park Orchestra

In the late 70s and early 80s, the city of Dar es-Salaam was one of the richest and most vibrating musical scenes in Africa, with some 25 to 30 professional bands performing in nightclubs and theatres. Tight dialogues between three of four guitars, horn section riffs and unfailing swing characterize this muziki wa dansi (dance music). It was not only the music of urban night clubbers but also the sound backdrop of everyday life, thanks to radio broadcast and cassette players.

This anthology presents the most famous bands of that period: the Mlimani Park Orchestra, Dar International Orchestra and Vijana Jazz Band