Hukwe Zawose

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Hukwe Zawose
Birth name Hukwe Ubi Zawose
Born c. 1938 or 1940
DODOMA, Tanzania
Died December 30, 2003(2003-12-30) (aged 63)
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1989–2003
Labels Real World Records
Associated acts Michael Brook

Hukwe Ubi Zawose (b. Dodoma, Tanganyika, 1938 or 1940; d. Bagamoyo, Tanzania, December 30, 2003) was a prominent Tanzanian musician. He was a member of the Gogo ethnic group and played the ilimba, a large lamellophone similar to the mbira, as well as several other traditional instruments. He was also a highly regarded singer.

He came to national and international attention after Julius Nyerere invited him to live and work in Dar es Salaam.[1] He also gained much attention for his work with Peter Gabriel, and released two albums (Chibite and Assembly) on Gabriel's Real World Records label. His final release before his death, Assembly, was a collaborative effort with producer/guitarist Michael Brook. At the 2005 Tanzania Music Awards he was given the Hall of fame award.[1] His family is included in the 2009 documentary Throw Down Your Heart, which follows American banjo player Béla Fleck as he journeys through Africa.


  • 1985 - Tanzania Yetu - Hukwe Zawose & Bagamoyo (Triple Earth Records)
  • 1987 - Mateso - Master Musicians of Tanzania: Hukwe Zawose, Dickson Mkwama & Lubeleje Chiute (Triple Earth Records)
  • 1994 - Tanzania: The Art of Hukwe Ubi Zawose (Jvc/Sire)
  • 1996 - Chibite (Real World Records)
  • 2000 - Mkuki Wa Rocho (A Spear To The Soul) (Real World Records)
  • 2002 - Assembly (Real World Records)

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  1. ^ Tanzania Music Awards: 2005 Winners at the Wayback Machine (archived September 4, 2006)

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