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A musician in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. See Ethiopia, Federal Democratic Republic of, §I.

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A 19th-century term for the minstrel show. See Minstrelsy, American

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Taarab  

Janet Topp Fargion

A musical genre, the term ṭāarab comes from the Arabic ṭārab (from the root ṭrb), meaning pleasure, rapture, entertainment, or these emotions as evoked by music. In East Africa it denotes a style of popular entertainment music played at weddings and other celebrations along the Swahili coast. The style contains the features of a typical Indian Ocean music, combining influences from Egypt, the Arabian peninsula, India and the West with local musical practices. Musicians generally agree that ...