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Ally K. Sykes
Ally Sykes – the Zulu who shook the colonial tree II

The name Sykes is one to play with. The current mayor of Dar es Salaam comes from this family. There is a Kleist Sykes Street in Dar es Salaam. I have heard the name many times, but until a few weeks ago had never had a privilege of meeting any member of this illustrious family.
I had also been told by my colleague Theo Mushi a consultant editor with the Guardian LTD that Ally Sykes was the first Tanzania to run a jazz orchestra and to play live jazz in Dar es Salaam. As a jazz broadcaster and occasional writer on jazz, I, of course was anxious to meet this man.

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