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2015 Festival Postponed

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August 5th, 2015

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We are sorry to inform you that due to a series of unfortunate events the 2015 Chamwino Ngoma Festival has been postponed. Keep your eyes here or follow us on Twitter (@ChamwinoArts) for updates and for the new dates. You are still warmly welcome to […]

Cultural-Exchange in Bulgaria

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July 24th, 2015

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This post contains a report from Vaileth Msihi about her trip to Bulgaria in May for a Youth-Worker’s Exchange. This exchange was the first stage in a project called Art for Social Change with partners in Tanzania, Bulgaria, Italy, and Uganda. Her report was also […]

Muhubiri from Ikombo

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July 21st, 2015

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Muhubiri from Ikombo is another group that comes from far away, more than 100km from Chamwino Village. When we say “far away” in these posts we’re talking about distance into “the bush.” Places like Dabalo, Nayu, Ikombo and Zajilwa spread far out into rural farmlands […]

Mchungaji Mwema from Zajilwa

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July 17th, 2015

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Several groups new to the festival this year are from far, far away from Chamwino. Those from the furthest, we don’t knowvery much about and so discover more on each visit. On our first visit to this group last month, we learned this group’s name, […]

Ebenezer

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July 14th, 2015

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This church kwaya group from Chamwino uses modern instruments to recreate the sounds of the mazeze (plural for zeze) malimba (plural for ilimba). Most members of this 34 person youth kwaya are grown adults. In Tanzania, one’s youth can extend even up to 40 years […]

Nyota Njema, two groups

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July 10th, 2015

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Five kilometers north of Chamwino is Msanga village, home to the children’s muheme group, Nyota Njema. Since 2015 is their fourth trip to the festival, this group is well known by regular festival attendees. This group shares its name with another group from Chamwino. The […]

Ushirikiano

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July 7th, 2015

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This year we are excited to welcome the muheme group Ushirikiano from Chamwino for the third time. Like many ngoma groups, Ushirikiano performs during the year at weddings, funerals, political or other events, as they are invited.  At weddings, ngoma groups give advice via their […]

Yerusalemu from Chamwino

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July 3rd, 2015

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On the north side of St. Peter’s Anglican church in Chamwino sits the uwaki muheme group called Yerusalemu. Nala, 60km from Chamwino, is home to another group called Yerusalemu. Both groups take their name from the city of Jerusalem in Israel, and perform Wagogo ngoma, […]

Yeriko from Chamwino

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June 30th, 2015

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Yeriko from Chamwino is one of two groups with this name at the 2015 festival. Yeriko from Chamwino is a very different group, and the two cannot be compared. Yeriko from Chamwino is a uwaki muheme group based at St. Peter’s Anglican Church; a founding […]

Uvuke

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June 26th, 2015

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Uvuke is unique at the festival for a number of reasons. Here are three. First, a trumpet is heard along with the guitar and keyboard. Second, two of their leaders have been famous Wagogo ngoma performers since they were young, and are now sought after […]