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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 […]

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 […]