Taarab fans across East Africa have been dealt a blow after the death of 13 members of the Five Stars Modern Taarab Band in Tanzania.
The deadly accident occured at Mikumi, near Morogoro.
Among the dead include lead Singers Issa Kijoti and Husna Mapunda (Pictured below), Hamisa Omary, the wife of another artiste, Mussa Mipango. Solo guitarist Shebe Juma, bass guitarist Omary Hashim, and a band assistant identified only as Omary aka Tall.
The loss of the 13 members comes barely two years after the launch of the Taarab band, on the 24th July 2009.
Below are some pictures of the Band members celebrating the launch of their band….on that day two years ago….and as fate would have it, they have died and left us in tears….
Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has already issued a condolence message following this tragedy.