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Saida Karoli

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Saida Karoli (born April 4, 1976) is a traditionalist Tanzanian singer and performer who has staged live shows in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC.

Karoli was born in 1976 in the northern Tanzanian province of Bukoba. "Maria Salome", a song from her first album, reached number three in airplay on Tanzanian radio. She has entertained the Kabaka of Buganda and is an act at Zanzibar's Sauti Za Busara Festival. Most recently she was nominated for several honors at the Kora All-African Music Awards.

In style, Karoli's music is described as natural with mellow vocals and hypnotically rhythmicism. Though she sings primarily in her native tongue Haya, her lyrics also incorporate extensive Swahili (the more widely spoken East African Language) and the occasional phrase in English. Her latest song is entitled "Mapenzi Kizunguzungu" which translates to "Dizzy Dizzy Love".


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