Tausi Taarab Orchestra / Nawal Mlanao

World Classical Music

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Zanzibar’s first women’s orchestra

The orchestral tradition of the taarab developed at the court of the Sultan of Zanzibar, at the hub between the Arabian peninsula, sub-Saharan Africa and India. Since the early 20th century, women have played an important role in these ensembles of strings, accordion and percussion – but always as singers, such as the legendary Siti Bint Saad in the 1920s. Female instrumentalists, as in the Tausi Taarab Orchestra, are still the exception.


Nawal Mlanao Comorian vocals, gambusi, daf, darbuka

Tausi Taarab Orchestra

Rahma Hassan Ameir violin
Sayrat Ame Makame accordion
Sheria Issa Khamis Shifta bongos, vocals
Muharram Mohammed Omar Arabian vocals
Maryam Mohammed Hamdani kanun and direction

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)
18:30 / Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal

Supporting programme

Thu, 2 Jun 2022 19:00
Story-Teller, Oberhafen-Kantine


World Classical Music

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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The Music of Tomorrow

Artist talks, rehearsal and concert visits for school pupils

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza

A public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie

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Food and Drink

Before the concert and in the interval

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