Salum Matata is tanzanian Blues singer and songwriter born in Dar Es Salaam.
His style is based in traditional blues mixed with his own African unique style.
He developed his love and talent while listening his Grandmother songs. She was his first teacher and inspiration for creating his own unique style of singing.
His unique mix of African tribal rhythms with contemporary blues has created his own style he calls 'ChiAfrika Blues'. Salum often asked his Grandmother: 'Bibi - what are you singing?' as he didn't understand her tribal language of Fipa. Although the original lyrics are forgotten now, Salum has taken those melodies and added his own Swahili lyrics to compose dozens of original songs around themes of life and social challenges. His song 'Saidia' means helping. The message is that if you help me then I can help you.
In East Africa is now one of Zanzibar's most admired performers. When you experience Salum perform, you will understand that he was born to be on stage his relaxed composure and vocal range. Many people call’s him „the man with thousands of voices.
Salum play original blues compositions inspired by John Lee Hooker and BB King. His vocal style is influenced by Ali Farka Toure (Mali), Olive Mtukduzi (Zimbabwe), Remmy Ongala, Hukwe Zawose and Salifa Keity. His guitar playing is based on the African style.
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