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 active1970s–2003
LabelsReal World Records

Hukwe Ubi Zawose (1938 or 1940, Dodoma, Tanganyika – December 30, 2003, Bagamoyo, Tanzania) 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.[2] He also gained 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.[3] 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. ^ "Hukwe Zawose: Afropop Artist - Tanzania, East Africa". Archived from the original on 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  3. ^ "Tanzania Music Awards : 2005 Winners". Archived from the original on September 4, 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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