these are some of the attributes assigned historically to the women of Zanzibar.
Of their strengths and intelligence it is best for them to speak for themselves. Zanzibar women have always found ways to make their voices heard and as they become more computer-literate we will hear more from them on the internet as well. In their own voices they will speak for themselves, to all the world.
Of their beauty and sense of style however I feel I can give a few examples and speak for myself. One cannot visit Zanzibar without noticing the incredible women who inhabit these islands.
The Images below show Zanzibari women of the past. Through differing times, modes of dress and roles in the community, they all show that fire of life, that style and attitude that for me typifies the women of Zanzibar.
All Taarab musicians who came after her shine in her light.
A remarkable women, self-made and able to reinvent herself in a time before those terms had any meaning for African women. She also wrote poetry of great grace and wit.
Over 90 years of Zanzibar music and history reside in this Doyen of Taarab .
She still performs, most recently at the Dhow Film Festival.
For more information on this important historical figure see the following websites or write to the Princess Salme Institute in London.
For the full story click the following link: http://www.travelintelligence.net/wsd/articles/art_52.html
by Barghash 2002, dedicated to my wife.