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Arts: Popular Culture: Tanzania
(1,368 words)

In East Africa, Tanzania stands out as having the highest proportion of Muslims, and a particularly vibrant and creative performance culture including improvisational theater, taarab music, dance music, and Swahili hip hop.

Historical background

In Tanzania, popular culture has always been important for political mobilization. In the late 1950s, the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU), the political party fighting for indepen dence, invited Bibi Titi Mohammed…

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Lange, Siri, “Arts: Popular Culture: Tanzania”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0294f>
First published online: 2009



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