is the name of a gorgeous, long-running group from Zanzibar. Twinned accordions, khanoun, oud, violins, dapper clothes…

Here’s a nice quote on that complicated kultur dance: the tourist stampede

“Their CD-releases have made the name Culture Musical Club known to audiences throughout the world, so much so that rehearsals in their clubhouse have become somewhat of a tourist attraction.

This, however, does not interfere with the first and foremost aim of their social gathering – namely to enjoy music and ‘to be moved’ by it, as the original meaning of the word “taarab” implies.”

a track from Culture Musical Club‘s latest CD kicks off last night’s radio show, now streamable:


Subscribe to the Mudd Up! podcast if you prefer downloadable versions, issued a week after FM broadcast: , Mudd Up! RSS. Also useful: WFMU’s free iPhone app. Got a LOT of positive feedback from the show with Das Racist a few weeks back. A very lively hour, that one.



Culture Musical Club  Kidumbaki pt. 1   Shime!       

Bass Clef vs Kasai Allstars  The Incident at Mbuji-Mayi   Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics (V/A)        

  Skeat  Dumelang   Radioclit presents: The Sound of Club Secousse        

  Chllngr vs De Tropix  People Dem Shouting       EXCLUSIVE YEP  

  Maga Bo  Fire feat Xuman   Archipelagoes        

  Banana Clipz  War Dem Want            

  Amazigh Berber track!    Les Meilleures Chansons Amazighia Atassia Selecetionnees  Atlassiat     

  Afrocubism  Jarabi   Afrocubism    lyrics excerpt: Everybody chooses their own love Everybody chooses their own love I have chosen my own love Love is like electricity Love is like a disease….  

  Ranil y Su Conjunto Tropical  Andalucia   Ranil’s Jungle Party        

  Kanye West  Gorgeous ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon   My Beatiful Dark Twisted Fantasy        

  Oudaden  track 2   live album, 2010 

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