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Zanzibar mourns the death of this fierce, energetic woman; her music fused African and Arabic cultures, much the same way that she mixed beer and cigarettes; personal fire and music:

“I drink. I smoke and I sing.”

There is no birth certificate but, she was believed to be over 100 years old. A musical legend in Tanzania, she began singing at the age of 10. Let’s watch out for the forthcoming documentary on her life: As Old As My Tongue. Excerpt below.

More from PRI’s The World: http://www.theworld.org/2013/04/bi-kidude-zanzibar-music/