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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 […]

Nuru from Makoja

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May 26th, 2015

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Two groups chosen for the festival have chosen the name Nuru. This Nuru is a zeze and ilimba group from Makoja, 10km towards the southwest of Chamwino. This group sometimes uses guitars for their village activities, however they, like most other groups, are encouraged to […]

Ndagwa

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May 22nd, 2015

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Ndagwa is a primarily girls group from Msanga, one village away from Chamwino. Three groups from Msanga are participating in 2015; Ndagwa, Nyota Njema, and Safina. Ndagwa is a muheme group, traditionally a women’s genre of Gogo ngoma, although a few men are usually present, […]

Muhubiri from Chahwa

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May 15th, 2015

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This exclusively female group is from Chahwa village, one village west of Chamwino, about 5km. One member, when asked how she feels when performing this music, replies with a big smile, saying, “Very Good!” Most Gogo, whether performing or watching would express the same. Participating […]

Mando

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May 12th, 2015

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Some years ago a man named Mando left his village near Dodoma to go to Bagamoyo to teach ilimba. Located on the coast of Tanzania a few hours north of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo is home to a well known institute for the creative arts. […]