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Huzur Mukhi Kurbanali Rashid Adat Dewji


Place of birth Bombay
Country of birth British India
Date of Birth 1921/11/03
Date of Death 2010/01/29
Place of Death Kent, UK


Place of longest stay Dar es Salaam and Mombasa
Profession or occupation carried out for the longest period in life: Business- Musician
Where Tanzania, Kenya
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Mother
Full name ZeraKhanu Lutufali Nazarali
Father
Full name Rashid Adat Dewji
Sister
Full name Shah Sultan Rashid Adat Dewji
Brother
Full name Azizali Rashid Adat Dewji
Brother
Full name Amirali Rashid Adat Dewji
Brother
Full name Sherali (Akoo) Rashid Adat Dewji
Sister
Full name Hamida Rashid Adat Dewji
Spouse
Full name Zerakhanu Rahemtulla Gulamani (click to create)
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Kurban was educated at the St Joseph’s Convent School, Mumbai until he was 13 years of age when his family moved to Dar es Salaam. To maintain continuity, his father decided to send him to the St. Joseph’s School in Dares salaam.

His father started a piece goods business and was importing matches, oil and ghee from India as well a few items from Europe.

But Kurban's education was short lived. Within a few years , his father died suddenly of a heart attack after hearing about the death of one of his sons in Bombay and Kurban bhai had to quit school to work in the family business. But the business did not last long after his father’s death and Kurban bhai started his own business.

He continued to do business for several decades but his first love was music. As a singer, he was self-taught and he also learnt Urdu so he could sing and compose shairi (poetry) for which he was famous in Dares salaam,   During the 60’s Kurban Bhai became well-known across East Africa as the leader of KURBAN & PARTY, a musical group based out of Dar es salaam that went on many singing tours. This group went down in history as the first to sing ginans (devotional poetry) to full orchestration.