Tanzania Heritage Project work with field recording and organising concerts appears in a recent article on Forbes Africa. A lovely reminder of the Urithi wa Leo show we presented last year and working with Ze spirits band, Msafiri Zawose, and Nafasi Art Space.
"Seventy-two-year-old Warema Chacha is a well-known litungu player, a stringed instrument of the Kurya tribe from north-western Tanzania. The older he gets, the more determined he is to pass on his knowledge and love for music to younger generations.
“I often tell young people that it’s important to value your own culture, because in this way you can know yourself better. You won’t know it by playing bongo flava,” he says at his house in Bagamoyo, 60 kilometers from Dar es Salaam.
“Many times when you don’t appreciate your own things they can disappear. If someone comes to me, I can help and teach him to play the instrument, even making him one for free,” he adds showing a self-made litungu.
He has already encouraged his grandson Ally, who plays on the African drums in a popular band Ze Spirits, to also take litungu lessons.
“The litungu is not well known and we are the only ones who can save it from disappearing and introduce it to the world because we are close to Chacha, who knows everything about this instrument,” says 21-year-old Sajaly Sharif, Ally’s friend from the band that plays afro-fusion, a mix of traditional and modern music. “This can also be a good marketing strategy for us. Like most bands, we also play the guitar, but if you go to America or Europe, you’ll find people who do it better. We can be the kings of the litungu though. And thanks to this, people may be more interested in our music,” he adds.
In Tanzania, music is played everywhere: on crowded, colorful streets, in dala dalas (minibus taxis), and in roadside bars, which serve grilled corn and roasted pistachios. Tanzanians even walk as if they are dancing. This …
What's inside? Info about the upcoming Performance Art workshop, an exciting exhibition opening next Monday, a film screening, and announcing the Line-up for April's Wikiendi Live! - Kenneth Mugabi (UG), Abeneko (TZ), and Marahaba Band (TZ)
This Friday, we invite you all to a night of soulful music by the students of Music Mayday Tanzania. The concert will benefit the music school -- the only one of its kind in Dar, providing musical education to young Tanzanians. Then, the following night, we hope you will join us at Nafasi Art Space for Wikiendi Live! ft Makadem, Bbrave, and Jhikoman. Also happening tonight is Barazani - A Multicultural Night at Alliance Française, featuring a performance and album launch by Leo Mkanyia. So many opportunities to hear great music!