Okkkkkk, taarab music of the very special sort, from Tanzania, I believe (although the tape has Burundi scrawled on it). Thanks to Tom in NYC for this! Likembe wrote about this joint ages ago, so I am behind as usual, but the real treat link wise today is this discography of East African dance band recordings. Taarab perfectly illustrates the point that Zanzibar and the Islam-tinged East African coast have a lot in common musically with Middle East/Asia by way of melody and melismatic vocal styles. Kool. Also learn about why the recording sounds so seemingly crappy but is actually as good as possible given the process by which the tunes were extracted using the olde tyme studio technology available and brought to your computer today.
If you’re really on some shit—tinckly guitar and farfisa organ-wise—also burrow yourself into the amazing discogaphy of East African dance band music by Prof. Endo (sticky name, cough).