Hukwe Zawose

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Hukwe Zawose
Birth nameHukwe Ubi Zawose
Bornc. 1938 or 1940
Dodoma, Tanzania
DiedDecember 30, 2003(2003-12-30) (aged 63)
Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Years active1989–2003
LabelsReal World Records
Associated actsMichael Brook

Hukwe Ubi Zawose (b. Dodoma, Tanganyika, 1938 or 1940; d. Bagamoyo, Tanzania, December 30, 2003) was a prominent Tanzanian musician.[1] 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.[2] 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. ^ Hunt, Ken (2004-02-26). "Hukwe Zawose: Giving Tanzanian music an international voice". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  2. ^ Tanzania Music Awards: "2005 Winners". Archived from the original on September 4, 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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