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Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar)

by Siti Muharam

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Following the immense critical acclaim of Siti Muharam's sold out LP 'Siti of Unguja', On The Corner release a limited run of 500 transparent vinyl. Crowned Album of the Year 2021 by Songlines, 'Siti of Unguja' was also selected The Guardian's Global Album of the Month, The Wire's No.1 Global Album and included in best albums of the year lists in NPR and The Vinyl Factory.
    Siti of Unguja tells the story of pioneering women, of the ‘golden voice’ of Siti Muharam, heiress to the singular legacy of her great grandmother, the mother of taarab, Siti Binti Saad.

    The Songlines Awards are streaming tonight at 7PM GMT ?With a few word from ? Muharam about her epic triumph, and a little live footage from the band's recent EU Tour.
    The awards ceremony is hosted by Cerys Matthews and premiers here www.facebook.com/events/1185281225214680 or on the tube in HD
    : youtu.be/U1q3fsm-aEU

    Includes unlimited streaming of Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    'Siti' is an arabic prefix meaning 'lady' and this record reignites the passions of the trailblazing Siti Binti Saad and the golden timbre of Muharam, her descendant and heir apparent to a singular, artistic legacy.

    This 'Siti's of Unguja' story begins with Siti Binti Saad's birth in 1890 in the small fishing village of Fumba (on Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago) to parents who had been freed from slavery.


    "Siti Binti Saad is like a holy text for Zanzibari Taarab.
    Over the last fifty years the music shifted back to more formal times.
    More recently, Bi Kidude worked to keep Siti Binti Saad’s legacy alive and, although musically different, she used some of her distinct scales. Bi Kidude connected with me because of the shared love for these scales.

    The mood and times have changed and once again this essence is alive and with the young people. The groove of the original with the mood of today.

    From meeting in a rehearsal studio in Dhow Countries Music Academy to the completion of a recording in ten days, it has been hard but now we’re in a new place. A band and a sound have come to life.

    When teaching traditional music, it’s difficult to prepare students for recording and performance, as the facilities and opportunities are rare.

    I know that all the musicians, even myself, have grown and risen.
    Siti Muharam especially. For me, she was a lost artist. I have tried to help her keep the name of her great-grandmother alive but was often alone.

    This project gave her an opportunity to embrace her Great Grand-mother’s legacy and to see how important Siti Binti Saad is. It also allowed her to see that her own golden voice is a blessing in itself. Fadhil, Gora and Nema all gained from this project and together we’ve grown.

    This record is deeply personal and yet tells a history. Take ‘Nyuki’, which was my father’s song, who himself was a student of Siti Binti Saad, learnt her scales and her way with melody. On ‘Siti’s of Unguja’ we found the original feeling, the melodies, the ways that she innovated and connected Taarab to the people. The past has helped us find a future sound, so a new generation can go with the groove whilst carrying the method.

    The sound is new, although, in a way, it’s awoken something real that had been forgotten from the time of Siti Binti Saad. A new taste, a beautiful taste of the people of Zanzibar. It’s what my people will like and this record will reach them and audiences overseas. This makes me happy.

    Zanzibari ears will hear how fantastic this record is. It’s a rare thing in Zanzibar to have such quality in lyrics and melody; some of the sounds on this record were dying.
    Siti Muharam’s golden voice carries the essence of Siti Binti Saad and her connection with Zanzibari culture.

    The project came about with the assistance of Fumba Town Development, a groundbreaking project that is providing sustainable homes to a new generation on Zanzibar built in line with the principles of permaculture. The Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA), OntheCorner Records, Soundthread and The British Council.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    We've pressed a clear limited edition vinyl for this Songlines African LP of the Year Winner + 5* review + ’Top of the World’ selection and 3-page feature in Songlines, Siti Muharam also received coverage in the Critic’s Choice section of the Financial Times.

    It was also the Guardian's 'Global Album of The Month'.

    Siti Ltd Edition [30 copies] landing in time for Muharam's EU tour this Autumn. There's just thirty copies per territory.

    "As I left East Africa in May we managed to organise a small presentation to announce Siti of Unguja winning the Songlines Afican LP of the Year Award! We’ve done a limited clear vinyl winning edition which will be shipping in time for Muharam’s EU tour this autumn. Hopefully we'll bring you some footage of the celebration :)

    Since that day the OtC office has been forced to close due to ill health ( I quarantined in a place I rather aptly picked up a flesh eating infestation and some odd parasites that live in the lymph! This was followed by a violent robbery on returning to the UK, so yeah, the door has been closed for a little while. As we push through August and catch up we are also moving forwards. Watch this space for new releases, shipping updates and some live gigs.

    The team inbox is now being monitored again and we’ve almost got the equivalent of a full time staff member back. Whilst having a global reach we are a very small team. Big ups to the patient subscribers, a bumper pack of black wax and early copies will be hitting doorsteps asap. Big ups all you bandcampers!

    Thanks all"
    Pete OntheCorner

    Includes unlimited streaming of Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Limited Repress
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    The Guardian's 'Global Album of The Month' came and went. The repress is in process and will arrive a few weeks after the releases official street date in mid-July.

    Following a 5* review, ’Top of the World’ selection and 3-page feature in Songlines, Siti Muharam also received coverage in the Critic’s Choice section of the Financial Times.

    If you already have an order with us and would like this item adding to your package to save on shipping then please drop us a message.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

  • Limited Edition Vinyl with Victoria Topping Artworked Sleeve
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Muharam's golden timbre has been allowed to soar for the world to hear. On her song is carried the legacy, lyricism and odyssey of the 'Mother of Taarab', her Great Grand-mother, Siti Binti Saad.

    The production of this album was able to reference Siti Binti Saad’s times and bring in the percussive Kidumbak: style and strip away Taarab’s formal layering to give a feel of the eclecticism of Zanzibar’s swahili street culture that influenced Siti Binti Saad.

    Sam Jones’ production, and studio overdubs have let Siti Muharam’s golden voice ensure the legacy of swahili romance and music of her Great Grandmother live on.

    'Siti' is an arabic prefix meaning 'lady' and this record reignites the passions of the trailblazing Siti Binti Saad and the golden timbre of Muharam, her descendant and heir apparent to a singular, artistic legacy.

    This 'Siti's of Unguja' story begins with Siti Binti Saad's birth in 1890 in the small fishing village of Fumba (on Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago) to parents who had been freed from slavery.


    "Siti Binti Saad is like a holy text for Zanzibari Taarab.
    Over the last fifty years the music shifted back to more formal times.
    More recently, Bi Kidude worked to keep Siti Binti Saad’s legacy alive and, although musically different, she used some of her distinct scales. Bi Kidude connected with me because of the shared love for these scales.

    The mood and times have changed and once again this essence is alive and with the young people. The groove of the original with the mood of today.

    From meeting in a rehearsal studio in Dhow Countries Music Academy to the completion of a recording in ten days, it has been hard but now we’re in a new place. A band and a sound have come to life.

    When teaching traditional music, it’s difficult to prepare students for recording and performance, as the facilities and opportunities are rare.

    I know that all the musicians, even myself, have grown and risen.
    Siti Muharam especially. For me, she was a lost artist. I have tried to help her keep the name of her great-grandmother alive but was often alone.

    This project gave her an opportunity to embrace her Great Grand-mother’s legacy and to see how important Siti Binti Saad is. It also allowed her to see that her own golden voice is a blessing in itself. Fadhil, Gora and Nema all gained from this project and together we’ve grown.

    This record is deeply personal and yet tells a history. Take ‘Nyuki’, which was my father’s song, who himself was a student of Siti Binti Saad, learnt her scales and her way with melody. On ‘Siti’s of Unguja’ we found the original feeling, the melodies, the ways that she innovated and connected Taarab to the people. The past has helped us find a future sound, so a new generation can go with the groove whilst carrying the method.

    The sound is new, although, in a way, it’s awoken something real that had been forgotten from the time of Siti Binti Saad. A new taste, a beautiful taste of the people of Zanzibar. It’s what my people will like and this record will reach them and audiences overseas. This makes me happy.

    Zanzibari ears will hear how fantastic this record is. It’s a rare thing in Zanzibar to have such quality in lyrics and melody; some of the sounds on this record were dying.
    Siti Muharam’s golden voice carries the essence of Siti Binti Saad and her connection with Zanzibari culture.


    The project came about with the assistance of Fumba Town Development, a groundbreaking project that is providing sustainable homes to a new generation on Zanzibar built in line with the principles of permaculture. The Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA), OntheCorner Records, Soundthread and The British Council.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more

    Sold Out

  • Limited Clear Vinyl Edition Of The Songlines Awards LP 'Siti of Unguja'
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    We can't have a Award Winning LP out of print so we've done a special clear vinyl edition in time for the Songlines Awards 2021 this Autumn. You will get an immediate download of the full album, plus bonus tracks and sleeve notes as well as an EXCLUSIVE Ticket to an Invite Only performance we recorded in Zanzibar last month.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Alaminadura 04:43

about

Siti Muharam has the 'Golden Voice' of Zanzibar. Following in the pioneering footsteps of her Great Grand-Mother, Siti Binti Saad was no easy choice for Muharam. With the guidance of this album's Music Director, Matona’s and a tip-off from Andy Jones (film maker that documented and positively influenced the life and death of Bi Kidude )

Muharam's golden timbre has been allowed to soar for the world to hear. On her song is carried the legacy, lyricism and odyssey of the 'Mother of Taarab', her Great Grand-mother, Siti Binti Saad.

The production of this album was able to reference Siti Binti Saad’s times and bring in the percussive Kidumbak: style and strip away Taarab’s formal layering to give a feel of the eclecticism of Zanzibar’s swahili street culture that influenced Siti Binti Saad.

Sam Jones’ production, and studio overdubs have let Siti Muharam’s golden voice ensure the legacy of swahili romance and music of her Great Grandmother live on.

'Siti' is an arabic prefix meaning 'lady' and this record reignites the passions of the trailblazing Siti Binti Saad and the golden timbre of Muharam, her descendant and heir apparent to a singular, artistic legacy.

This 'Siti's of Unguja' story begins with Siti Binti Saad's birth in 1890 in the small fishing village of Fumba (on Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago) to parents who had been freed from slavery.


"Siti Binti Saad is like a holy text for Zanzibari Taarab.
Over the last fifty years the music shifted back to more formal times.
More recently, Bi Kidude worked to keep Siti Binti Saad’s legacy alive and, although musically different, she used some of her distinct scales. Bi Kidude connected with me because of the shared love for these scales.

The mood and times have changed and once again this essence is alive and with the young people. The groove of the original with the mood of today.

From meeting in a rehearsal studio in Dhow Countries Music Academy to the completion of a recording in ten days, it has been hard but now we’re in a new place. A band and a sound have come to life.

When teaching traditional music, it’s difficult to prepare students for recording and performance, as the facilities and opportunities are rare.

I know that all the musicians, even myself, have grown and risen.
Siti Muharam especially. For me, she was a lost artist. I have tried to help her keep the name of her great-grandmother alive but was often alone.

This project gave her an opportunity to embrace her Great Grand-mother’s legacy and to see how important Siti Binti Saad is. It also allowed her to see that her own golden voice is a blessing in itself. Fadhil, Gora and Nema all gained from this project and together we’ve grown.

This record is deeply personal and yet tells a history. Take ‘Nyuki’, which was my father’s song, who himself was a student of Siti Binti Saad, learnt her scales and her way with melody. On ‘Siti’s of Unguja’ we found the original feeling, the melodies, the ways that she innovated and connected Taarab to the people. The past has helped us find a future sound, so a new generation can go with the groove whilst carrying the method.

The sound is new, although, in a way, it’s awoken something real that had been forgotten from the time of Siti Binti Saad. A new taste, a beautiful taste of the people of Zanzibar. It’s what my people will like and this record will reach them and audiences overseas. This makes me happy.

Zanzibari ears will hear how fantastic this record is. It’s a rare thing in Zanzibar to have such quality in lyrics and melody; some of the sounds on this record were dying.
Siti Muharam’s golden voice carries the essence of Siti Binti Saad and her connection with Zanzibari culture.


The project came about with the assistance of Fumba Town Development, a groundbreaking project that is providing sustainable homes to a new generation on Zanzibar built in line with the principles of permaculture. The Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA), OntheCorner Records, Soundthread and The British Council.

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released June 19, 2020

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