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  • Wanyambukwa Artist Group

    Country  Tanzania
    Genres roots traditional
    FestivalSauti za Busara 2011
    Wanyambukwa Artist Group
    Wanyambukwa Artist Group

    May 2008, saw the beginning of Wanyambukwa Arts Group. The three original members Juma Sabe, Albert Magana and Willy Kamwaya have seen the group grow in just over two short years to 13 active members. The group was established with the aim to maintain the traditions of various ethnic groups, especially traditions of the Gogo people of the Dodoma region.


    Made famous worldwide by such groups as Chibite and the late legend Dr Hukwe Ubi Zawose (1938 - 2003) the Gogo are renowned for their unique vocal harmonies and instruments including marimba (balafon), zeze (Gogo two-stringed violin), irimba (pentatonically tuned thumb piano) and ngoma (different types of traditional drums). What makes Gogo music extra special is the singing which is so haunting and captivating - it doesn't matter if you don't understand the language, the power is in its intensity of feeling. Also spectacular and unique to their performance is the dancing, mainly done by women, doing elegant shoulder and neck movements.