The 8th Wagogo Music Festival explodes on the scene next weekend July 23-24th in Chamwino Ikulu village,Dodoma Region, Tanzania.
Twenty-six performing groups totaling 765 Gogo artists from 12 villages within Dodoma Region will be celebrating the performing arts of the Wagogo community-based uvina: a term that collects the musical genres of the Wagogo, including ng’oma ya muheme, nindo, saigwa, cipande, msuhyunho, nhongolo, caya, mazeze, malimba, and kwaya.
These annual performance based festivals were founded and are organized by the Director of the Chamwino Arts Centre, Kedmon Mapana, and Centre staff members: Nasson Mazengo, Sospeter Mapana, Rehema Chibutu, andStanley Mpuza.
Aims of the Festival include encouraging the Wagogo’s performing arts traditions, promoting Wagogo artists,
supporting the knowledge and skills necessary to perform Wagogo arts, and increasing the presence of the arts of the Wagogo as modernization envelopes the community.
The performances are free and open to the public on Saturday, July 23rd from 10am-10pm and Sunday, July 24th from 2-6pm on Chamwino’s Village Hall premises.
The guest of honor, Her Excellence Deputy Minister of Information, Culture, Arts, and Sports, Anastazia James Wambura will officiate the Festival on Saturday July 23rd at 2:00PM. In addition, the Dodoma Region Commissioner, His Excellence Jordan Rugimbana, will officially close the Festival on Sunday July 24th at 3:00PM.
It is anticipated that over 5000 people will attend this year's Festival, including children and adults as well as an international audience. Twelve people from USA, and two people from the Philippines are confirmed to attend this year.
We are grateful to receive a $5000 grant from the Switzerland Embassy’s Cooperation Office in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania and $2500 from Chamwino Connect, USA for this years' Wagogo Music Festival. Both organizations have supported culture and the arts in Dodoma Region as well as this Festival for many years.
In support of the aims of the Festival, these grants finance workshops for Festival volunteers, facilitate CAC's communication with performing groups in villages surrounding Chamwino Ikulu village, and rehearsals involving all Festival participants, as well as their attendance to the Festival. These activities encourage the development of leadership and potential employment skills in support of performing artists’ and instrument makers' participation in the Festival. In addition, this grant finances food, transportation and accommodation for artists.
Chamwino Ikulu is the village just north of Buigiri village, 30K east of Dodoma on the highway to Dar es Salaam, and its Village Hall is adjacent to the highway leading north from Buigiri village.
Kedmon Mapana, PhD