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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 […]

Upendo from Manyemba

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June 23rd, 2015

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Manyemba is far from Chamwino. About 75km through dirt roads and fields of maize and sunflowers. This is new territory for the festival. Compared to Chamwino, fewer people live this far out, finding plenty of room to cultivate on farms much larger than those found […]

Upendo from Dabalo

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June 19th, 2015

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When Upendo from Dabalo comes to the stage, the audience usually says, “eh! Vijana!”, or “eh! This group is youth!” even though the group is made up of men, women, and children at varying ages. The man leading this group is somewhat famous at the […]

Ufunuo

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June 16th, 2015

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Ufunuo is a well known uwaki muheme group from Majeleko, the same village as the famous nindo group Nyota. Ufunuo is famous at the festival, as well as in Dodoma region for their movement designs and clever or sharp performances; in western terms, choreography and […]

Safina from Msanga

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June 12th, 2015

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Safina from Msanga is one of two groups with this name at the festival this year. The other Safina is from Chamwino, and the two cannot not be confused. While Safina from Chamwino is a muheme group, Safina from Msanga is a mixed group, using […]