Thursday, March 31, 2016


FRIDAY 01. April - 21.00 - 02.00 
Venue: Paparazzi Club, Slipway - Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam
Entrance: 10.000 TSH only
  SIKINDE – Dance orchestra / Tanzanian rumba

Formerly known as DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra, Sikinde is one of the greatest Tanzanian dance bands of all time. Although the group was first formed in 1978 they embody the sound of independence, which took place in Tanzania in 1961, since the founding members came from the pre independence groups Dar es Salaam Jazz Band and the workers union band Ottu Jazz Band. While many of the older orchestras in Tanzania have lost or replaced many of their founding members, Sikinde is perhaps the oldest orchestra who still have most their founding members in their group. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of Tanzanias greatest orchestras performing classic Tanzanian rumba lead by the charismatic lead singer Hassan Bichuka.
This trio is lead by Jazz guitarist Emmanual Abraham Mopao who is steadily becoming one of the authorities on the Dar es Salaam Jazz scene. Towards the end of last year he released his first solo album and toured with his trio project as the opening act for the Mzungu Kichaa tour in Germany and Denmark. He is a self taught and hard working musician, inspired by African Jazz stars such as Jimmy Dludlu and Hugh Masekela as well as the American Jazz standard traditions. His performance is based on improvisation and is a rare treat for Dar es Salaam Jazz enthusiasts.
KIFIMBO – Afrofusion / Reggae
Kifimbo is a reggae-afrofusion artist from Dar es Salaam who is respected on the Tanzanian reggae scene for his high energy on stage. His up-tempo songs never seize to put his audience in a good mood. He is based in Bagamoyo where he does different farming activities when he isn’t doing music. He performed his first performance at THE BEAT last year and surprised us all with his high-energy performance. We look forward to welcoming him back to THE BEAT!
BLACK FIT – Reggae / Dancehall
Hussein Badru Hussein, whose artist name is Black Fit, started his musical career in 1995 while he was still a “street boy”. He gained experience through participating in Street festivals and managed to record his first album “Harakati za Mweusi” in 2014. In 2007, he participated in one of the biggest Festivals of that time, held at the “Makumbusho Village Museum, “YA KALE YANAPOKUTANA NA YA SASA FESTIVAL”, and won 3rd prize which boosted his name on the scene. In 2009 he won the first prize during the same festival. Flack Fit has been studying at Music Mayday with an EU scholarship, perfecting his skills in both performance and self management through their 2 year music program. 
ABOUT THE BEAT: The Beat is a monthly festival showcasing the best live music from Tanzania and abroad. The festival is powered by: Caravan Records, Paparazzi Bistro Club, Jameson, and Goethe Institut Tanzania. Info:

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