Bi Kidude

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Bi Kidude
Bi Kidude.png
Born Fatuma binti Baraka
c. 1910s
Sultanate of Zanzibar
Died 17 April 2013
Nationality Tanzanian
Occupation Singer
Style Taarab
Awards WOMEX Award
Medal for Arts and Sports

Fatuma binti Baraka (c.1910s – 17 April 2013),[1][2] also known as Bi Kidude, was a Zanzibari-born Tanzanian Taarab singer. She has been called the "queen of Taarab and Unyago music" and was inspired by Siti binti Saad.[3] Born in the village of Mfagimaringo, Bi Kidude was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar. Bi Kidude's exact date of birth is unknown and much of her life story is uncorroborated. In 2005, Bi Kidude received the WOMEX award for her contribution to music and culture in Zanzibar.

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Order Country Year
Medal for Arts and Sports (Tanzania) - ribbon bar.png Medal for Arts and Sports  Tanzania 2012




  1. ^ BBC Africa
  2. ^ BBC Swahili
  3. ^ Rachel Hamada (17 April 2013). "Lover of life". Mambo magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25. 

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