From Dusty to Digital: Preserving Tanzania's Cultural Treasures Preserving Tanzania's Cultural Treasures

A massive archive of Tanzanian musical history gathers dust in a closet. MP3s to the rescue!

While you're probably more likely to hear Biggie than traditional local music on the globalized airwaves of modern-day Tanzania, in the 1970s, the newly independent nation used radio to help forge a distinct musical and political identity. At the height of disco fever, state-controlled media of the socialist government gave airtime to the indigenous muziki wa dansi, academic studies of tribal drumming, and Afro-Cuban jazz, as well as political speeches supporting independence struggles across the continent.

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