With some help of her band member, who translated from English to Swahili.
The "Grand old lady of Taarab", Bi Kidude (born: Fatuma binti Baraka) has had a major effect on the music and culture of Zanzibar.
Singing in Arabic and Swahili, she has influenced the evolution of taarab, a music style that originated in Egypt and usually accompanied by fiddles, flutes, drums and rattles.
Kidude has been equally inspirational for her resistance to the traditional roles of women in her homeland.
Although she initially obeyed the Islamic custom of covering herself from head to toe while in public, she broke with tradition, deviantly raised her veil and allowed her audiences to see her face.
The daughter of a coconut seller, Bi Kidude was born in a family of seven children in the small village of Mfagimarigo.
At age 13, she was put into a forced marriage, but soon she escaped from the man.
Learning songs from a local singer, Siti binti Saad, she began singing with other women at young girls' initiation ceremonies called Unyago.
She never had any children of her own but has an adopted grandson Suwedi, she also cared for her extended family.