Yekete Beat

Yekete Beat Band formed in the Arusha region of Tanzania in 1989. Leader Saidi Matimbwa learned guitar from his father, Islamic hymns from Koranic school, and took training in music at the National Arts Council. Their fusion of backgrounds makes this band unique, lending a highlife feel to traditional Tanzanian rhythms. They play regularly in Arusha. Check them out on the compilation CD, New African Composers Vol. 1.