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Country Tanzania Genres roots traditional Festival Sauti za Busara 2004, 2008
Yange Yange Arts is a Wagogo cultural group from the central Tanzanian region around the city of Dodoma. Tanzania has some 120 ethnic groups, none of which accounts for more than a few percent of the overall population, so there is no dominant ethnic culture or sound. That said, the one Tanzanian musical genre to have achieved worldwide fame is the distinctly Wagogo music of the late Dr. Hukwe Zawose (1938-2003), one of Peter Gabriel's favourite musicians and patron of Chibite group, who have also performed twice already at the festival. Zawose refined Wagogo instruments, particularly the deep-toned, hollow ilimba (thumb piano) and the zeze (bowed fiddle) with its beautiful, otherworldly overtones.
Yange Yange Arts performed at the very first Sauti za Busara in 2004, where they were described by Afropop as "one of the great discoveries of the festival". This time, we feature only three musicians from the same cultural group, who still promise a powerful and spell-binding set.
Yange Yange Arts Group's declared mission is to uplift disabled artists in the Dodoma region. They feature both able-bodied and handicapped musicians and dancers. The group has played in arts festivals as far away as Ivory Coast, Holland and Sweden.