fRoots 9/May 2009, Rick Sanders
"… golden and exotic 50’s dream soundtrack , still alive of the East African coast, defeating time."
Mojo Aug 2009, Dave Henderson
"…this is a cracking introduction to the popular Zanzibari interpretation of 19th century Egyptian orchestral music. "
Songlines Aug / Sept 2009, Simon Broughton
"Mohamed Ilya …is one of the great taarab singers, instrumentalists and composers.
…glitters with delicate ornamentation and incisive rhythmic panache."
Daily Telegraph 4/July 2009, Mark Hudson
"…all surging strings and jingling dulcimers – delivered with African soul and groove and a touch of Bollywood.
…swooningly ornate music…"
The Times 25/July 2009, Pete Paphides
"…ouds, violins, accordions and celestial female harmonies collide with the delicious inevitability of a Greek tragedy.
…Ilyas sings his woes like a man mired in the sadness of life but no less rapt by its beauty"
The Guardian 14/August 2009, Robin Denslow
"…The great crooner Ilyas himself
One of the great exponents of taarab, the glorious, swirling music…. a fusion between African styles and Arabic songs"
Free Media of Tanzania 12/February 2008, Munir Zakaria
Shamuhuna ahimiza taarabu asilia [written in Swahili]