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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 […]

2015 Festival Date Change 7-9 August

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June 10th, 2015

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**Special update** The dates for the 2015 Chamwino Ngoma Festival have been changed to 7-9th August 2015 to leave room for the CCM elections 21 July to 1 August. So, see you in August! Please contact [admin (at) chamwinoarts . org] with any questions. *Special […]

Simba

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June 9th, 2015

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Simba, the lion in English, will make its second appearance at the 2015 festival. Members of this nindo group come from Mbelezungu 30km from here, and are skilled in muheme as well as the zeze and ilimba genres of Wagogo ngoma. In Nyuki group’s post, […]

Safina from Chamwino

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June 5th, 2015

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From Chamwino, this is Safina’s first time to participate in the festival. Safina is also the name of another group participating in the 2015 festival, from Msanga, the next village over from Chamwino. Safina from Chamwino is an uwaki (see post about Muhubiri from Manchali), […]

Chamwino Connect: Partners in Education

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June 3rd, 2015

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[For this post we asked Brian Hickory to tell us something about Chamwino Connect, CAC’s sister organization. The following is what he said.] What is Chamwino Connect? Chamwino Connect (CC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to support better lifelong education in central […]

Nuru from Mahoma

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June 2nd, 2015

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Nuru is new to the festival this year, and is one of two groups with this name. Members of this Nuru come from Mahoma village, 30km west of Chamwino. They are a mixed nindo group. The audition video for this group reveals that Nuru is […]

Nyota

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May 29th, 2015

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This very large group (40+ members) from Majeleko village, 20km from Chamwino, is a very famous, very skilled, and professional nindo group. It is fair to say that they have established a standard for other groups to strive towards. A number of leaders in this […]