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Mississippi Records highlights 50s Tanzanian pop band Frank and His Sisters

The world’s first collection of gorgeous pop songs from Frank and His Sisters, a family band from Moshi, Tanzania.

Formed in the early 1950s by Frank Humplick, Thecla Clara and Maria Regina, the trio recorded and toured throughout East Africa and issued a string of instant classics, capturing fans with their beautifully harmonized singing, clever lyrics, and Frank’s stunning guitar work. We could define Frank and His Sisters as the meeting of the fingerstyle finesse of John Fahey with a pure pop melodicism, combined with the family harmony of groups like The Carter Family, The Roches, and The Beach Boys, set in the golden age of Tanzanian music.

 

Previously only heard on extremely rare 78 rpm discs and Tanzanian oldies radio, this album collects the trio’s finest songs, lovingly restored and remastered. Mississippi Records team traveled to Tanzania to meet Frank’s family and collaborate on this album. The result is a colorful 8-page booklet featuring complete lyrics in English, Swahili and Chaga, as well as previously unpublished photographs, extensive interviews and anecdotes, and a biography by Tanzanian musician and radio host John Kitime.

Frank and His Sisters, out January 14th via Mississippi Records. Discover the album artwork below and pre-order it now here.

Frank and his sisters

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