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Sinai

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April 21st, 2015

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Membe is a big village, about 60km from Chamwino. Five groups from this village are performing at the festival in July; Gospo, Imani, Sayari, Sinai and Uinjilisti. This latter group is unique among these four; all of the singers in this group are children. Most […]

Muugano

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April 17th, 2015

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Politically, Tanzania is divided into regions. Within each region are districts, cities, towns, and villages. These civic boundaries are drawn and redrawn, not always along the same lines that define the area the whole of a people occupy. The civic lines defining Dodoma Region split […]

Ombeni

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April 14th, 2015

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Ombeni is one of four groups from Kawawa attending the festival this year. Different than Juhudi, Muhubiri, and Swala, Ombeni is the first group from the center of the village. When selecting groups to participate, whether or not a geographic or civic area has been […]

Swala from Mkoyo

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April 10th, 2015

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Mkoyo, the next village over from Kawawa 40km from Chamwino, is home to another group named Swala. While Swala from Kawawa is a muheme group, Swala from Mkoyo is a new nindo group. Their home is far from town, and that they are new was […]

Sayari

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April 7th, 2015

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Sayari is one of five groups from Membe village, 60km from Chamwino. The other groups are Gospo, Imani, Sinai and Uinjilisti. That Sayari is a nindo group is evident in the feathers worn around heads and from arms, the movements made during the song, and […]

Nyuki

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April 3rd, 2015

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“The bee” from Nayu Dabalo, 65km from Chamwino is a new nindo group to the festival this year. As we also see with the names of other groups attending the festival, names are indented to convey in advance the character of a group,meant to invoke […]

Muhubiri from Manchali

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March 31st, 2015

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This group formed out of an uwaki in Manchali village, 10km up the main road from Chamwino. An “uwaki” is a kind of women’s association formed by some churches to discuss women’s issues and provide solidarity. Many uwaki establish performing groups within themselves, as they […]

Nyerere

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March 27th, 2015

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All Tanzanians are very proud of this name. Julius Nyerere was the first president of the United Republic of Tanzania. He worked to bring unity, peaceful liberation, and economic development to not only Tanzania, but also other countries in Africa. Chamwino, in particular, was founded […]

Muhubiri from Kawawa

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March 24th, 2015

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Kawawa, 40km from Chamwino, is home to four groups selected to perform at the 2015 festival; Juhudi, Muhubiri, Ombeni, and Swala groups. Muhubiri from Kawawa is also one of three groups performing at the festival with the name “Muhubiri.” Unlike the exclusively women’s groups Muhubiri […]

New Pendo

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March 20th, 2015

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The New Pendo group of Chamwino represents one of several groups chosen to perform at the festival that seek to remake Gogo ngoma for the next generation. Characteristically Gogo harmonies and melodies are created by modern instruments, specifically electric guitars and keyboards, while the group […]