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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. […]

Jeshi la Bwana

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May 8th, 2015

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This group from Chamwino doesn’t have far to go to come to the festival. A brief look at how this group performs shows that it has mixed influences. The sort of short call and response interaction heard between the leader(s) and the group is not […]

Yerusalemu from Nala

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May 5th, 2015

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Yerusalemu, from Nala village 60km west of Dodoma, is named after the city of Jerusalem in Israel. Another group at the 2015 festival takes their name from this city, but the two are different in almost every respect. At a Yerusalemu from Nala’s performance, guitars […]

Yeriko

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May 1st, 2015

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The Wagogo music group Yeriko is named after the fortified city of Jericho in the age-old land Canaan in what is now the Middle East. Themselves hailing from somewhere much closer, namely, Mtananha village 70km from Chamwino, Jeriko is a new addition to the festival […]

Uinjilisti

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April 28th, 2015

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Membe is home to many groups that have performed and are performing at the festival. This year, Uinjilisti joins Gospel, Imani, Sinai and Sayari for the first time. Because this is Unijilisti’s first festival, the CAC Staff doesn’t know much about this group; only what […]

Mass Song Seminar 2015

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April 27th, 2015

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What is the “mass song”? “Mass” in this case, is defined as a large group of people. “Song” is words and melody heard sonically in the same place at the same time. In Chamwino for the Wagogo, “song” also includes physical movement, shouts, yells, whistles, […]

Swala from Kawawa

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April 24th, 2015

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Swala is one of four groups from Kawawa village, the other three being, Juhudi, Muhubiri, and Ombeni and one of two groups named Swala selected to perform in 2015, the other from Mkoyo. Swala from Kawawa is a relatively small muheme group. Their leader is […]