Black Roots

Genre : Band
Column : Music

Black Roots Cultural Group has been immersed in the islands' arts scene for many years. Apart from their regular drama plays broadcast on TV Zanzibar, the group is reinterpreting local traditional dances. The potent messages they convey through their music and drama reach all levels of society in Tanzania and are the main reason for their success and popularity.

With the leadership and guidance of the charismatic Othman Mohamed (Makombora), the most famous actor in the Zanzibar islands, Black Roots is one of the island's leading visionary cultural groups. In recent years the group has managed to create a style representing Zanzibar contemporary society and history by mixing African, Arabic, Indian and European instruments without losing originality. Instruments used are six different traditional drums, makeshift high hat, shakers, trumpet, violin, flute, bass guitar and kit drums. Black Roots performs regularly in campaigns and cultural festivals around Zanzibar boasting freshness in every show.

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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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