Fatuma binti Baraka
Fatuma binti Baraka
Birth: c.1910?
Mfagimaringo, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Death: 17 April 2013
Tanzania
Age: 103+ years
Country: TanzaniaTZA
Centenarian

Fatuma binti Baraka also known as Bi Kidude (c.1910? – 17 April 2013) was a Zanzibari-born Tanzanian Taarab singer and a centenarian.

Biography

Fatuma binti Baraka was born in the village of Mfagimaringo, Zanzibar, Tanzania on 1910s. She was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar.[1][2] She began appearing in the 1920s and, at the age of 13, had to flee his home island to forced marriage. Bi Kidude's exact date of birth is unknown and much of her life story is uncorroborated, but she was believed to be the oldest touring singer in the world before her death. She has been called the "queen of Taarab and Unyago music" and was inspired by Siti binti Saad.

In 2005, Bi Kidude received the WOMEX award for her contribution to music and culture in Zanzibar. She was the subject of two documentaries by film maker Andrew Jones.[3] In 2011 Bi Kidude was nominated Tanzania Music Awards - Best Collaboration & Best Traditional Song ('Ahmada' with Offside trick) and in 2012 she was honored Order of Medal for Arts and Sports.

Bi Kidude died in Tanzania on 17 April 2013 at the age of 103+ years.[4]

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