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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 […]

Imani

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March 17th, 2015

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Imani, Gospel, Sayari, Sinai, and Uinjilisti groups come from Membe village, about 60km from Chamwino. Each group comes from different streets, and performs Gogo music in a different way. While Sayari is a nindo group, Sinai a children’s group, and Gospel uses modern instruments like […]

Gospel

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March 10th, 2015

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In English, the word “gospel” means good news, or something that is definitely the truth. Although 2015 marks Gospel’s first performance at the Chamwino Arts Festival, this is not the first time that truth has been heard here. Gospel is a modern group; playing Gogo […]

Juhudi

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March 6th, 2015

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Juhudi is famous at the festival. It was one of the groups to perform at the first festival, and has performed every year since. The 40+ members of this very large group come from Matembe, on the outskirts of Kawawa village, 40km north of Chamwino. […]

Luhoza

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March 6th, 2015

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Historically, the arts festival held in Chamwino at the end of July has been largely an exhibition of Gogoness – traditional singing, dancing, and ways of dressing. In recent years however, groups performing the ngoma of other peoples around Dodoma and in Tanzania have been […]