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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 […]

Msifuni

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March 3rd, 2015

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Msifuni is from Mlimwa village, 45km from Chamwino. It is known as a zeze and ilimba group and includes women, men, youth and adults. Groups that include youth are a kind of training ground. They are vital in transferring both appreciation for and skill to […]

Mchungaji Mwema

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February 27th, 2015

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30km east of Chamwino is Nzali village, home to the exclusively female group, Mchungaji Mwema. The kind of song this group sang when the CAC staff came to visit is usually sung by nindo groups. Groups specializing in the nindo genre of Gogo music may […]

Faru

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February 24th, 2015

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Faru is from Songambele village, a mere 80km from Chamwino. 2015 is Faru’s third trip to the festival. They are a large group, boasting over 30 members. Faru performs in the nindo genre; special to the Dodoma Region. Groups performing nindo wear leg bells, reaching […]

Inueni Mioyo

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February 20th, 2015

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Inueni Mioyo This group from Mugunga village is known as a zeze group. As a rule, both the zeze and ilimba are always present together, when they are present. Although their name encourages the listeners to lift up their hearts (Kiswahili, inueni=lift up, mioyo=hearts), you […]

Galilaya

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February 17th, 2015

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Galilaya takes its name from the region of Galilee in northern Israel. Members of this group come from Mkoka village. You’ll notice that this group includes short iron drums covered by cow skin. These are a more recent addition to music in Gogoland, and very […]

50 groups for 2015

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February 13th, 2015

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As the Chamwino Arts Festival has grown in notoriety, so have the number of groups that seek time on the stage in July. From around Chamwino, 102 groups applied for this honor in 2015, and 50 groups were chosen. The application process begins with a […]