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03-JUL-2010 Jola Dziubinska


Wroclaw, Poland

Bi Kidude is a Zanzibari Taarab singer. She’s said to be 105 years old, she began singing in the 1920s and now is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music.
At the same time she continually couses controversy, her behaviour challenging perceptions of the role of women in a Muslim society.
Her most controversial performances (Unyago ritual) include the educational tours that she takes where she prepares young women for their transition through puberty and shows the training a young girl might receive before marriage, or the calls to independence of spirit that she continues to express freely.
Bi Kidude speaks her mind and lives by her own rules. To see a hundred-something year old Muslim woman drink, smoke, dance and drum is a unique experience.
She also challenges our perception of age as she changes from a wrinkled granny into a vital shining star. Her warmth, strength and humour shines through.
She is amazing! I had a chance to see her on stage as well as to meet and talk to her after the performance.

WEEKLY INFORMAL CHALLENGE - WEEK 12 - Independence/Freedom

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/20s f/2.8 at 105.0mm iso800 full exif

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Sandi Whitteker28-Apr-2013 15:10
Oops! I mean 105!
Sandi Whitteker28-Apr-2013 15:09
And she smoked?! And she lived to possibly 103 or 104 years old? Amazing.
Carl and Racine Erland08-Jul-2010 07:48
A truely exceptional woman and a wonderful experience! A beautiful candid portrait. - Racine
Jay Levin07-Jul-2010 05:51
Wonderful portrait work, Jola.
BleuEvanescence06-Jul-2010 23:17
Those encounters are priceless and you captured the essence of that very unique woman.
Bravo Jola
Graeme06-Jul-2010 22:56
Fabulous portrait, Jola.BV
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