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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 […]

Karibu Chamwino!

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February 10th, 2015

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Welcome to Chamwino! Chamwino village is located about an hour and a half away from Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital city. This is the heart of Gogoland, the homeland of the Gogo people (Wagogo). In the Gogo language (Kigogo) Chamwino means, ‘of salt’ – cha=of and mwino=salt, […]

2014 Festival: Call for Artists

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September 8th, 2013

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Applications are now accepted for Local, National and International ArtistsĀ for our 7th Wagogo music festival to be held on 24-27 July, 2014. Send your applicationĀ to admin@chamwinoarts.org (cc kmapana@yahoo.com) or The Director, Chamwino Arts Center, P.o. Box 17013 Chamwino, Dodoma, Tanzania. Deadline is 30th November, 2013 […]

Wagogo music festival- less than two Months

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June 13th, 2013

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the power of ngoma (music, dance, cultural expression) is around the corner. If you have never heard or experience the power of ngoma, then do not plan to miss the Wagogo music festival. August 3-4, 2013 @ Chamwino village, in the central part of Tanzania. […]

Kedmon and Ufunuo group at Majeleko village

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January 2nd, 2013

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This was an amazing field trip for 2012 festival preparations. Are you interested in this kind of field trip? Do not plan to miss the 2013 festival August 2-42012 Festival preparation TwitterFacebookemailTumblrLinkedin