Kaghondi, his wife Deborah and son Mercy are celebrating Kaghondi's return home from the University of Texas where he has recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Music. On his recent stay in the U.S., Kaghondi premiered his composition "From The Top of Kilimanjaro" at Charleston's world renowned Piccolo Spoleto music festival, as a guest of Music for Tanzania. His newly minted graduate degree will serve him well since he has been hired as a teacher by Makumira, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree.
Sophie Kuyenga, a recent graduate of Makumira, (standing on the left) and freshman Megan Stubbs (in the middle) are dressed in authentic Maasai costumes for a performance at Makumira.
This is Emmanuel Kaghondi, a graduate of Makumira, playing an East African drum called a d'jembe at a performance at the University of Texas-Austin. Kaghondi is also the composer whose work will be premiered at Music For Tanzania's Piccolo Spoleto concert on May 30 in Charleston, SC. See our Upcoming Events button on the left for more information.
Sophie Kuyenga graduated recently at the top of her class at Makumira and is an extremely talented singer and choral director. She would like to come to the U.S. to pursue a graduate degree. She is one of ten children and she, along with her husband, are raising their son and her niece. Her English is excellent because she lived in Los Angeles as a child while her father was studying for a PhD.
Andrea began his music career playing the trumpet by ear. He has studied Music, taught traditional dance to students from Indiana University and is now studying trumpet and voice at Makumira. He hopes to further his music studies by pursuing a graduate degree in music which will enable him to eventually instruct on the University level.
Meet Excel who is in his third year of music studies. He has worked as a composer, arranger, performer and sound engineer/technician in addition to studying music in Norway. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in music which would allow him to teach at University level. Jacque Henninger has been the Fulbright Scholar for the last two years at Tumaini University, Makumira.
This was taken at a Catholic church service in Kigoma (western Tanzania) in August 2012. Banyanka is dancing near the ground along with a Bishop and several other priests. There were at least 2000 people at this festive seven hour service!
This picture is from a workshop we hosted with traditional Gogo musicians from central Tanzania. The man in the center is showing how to play a 4-stringed Zeze. On the right is our first official exchange student, Ella, from Sibelius Academy in Sweden.
This was a standing room only concert held in January 2013 when Makumira Music Department hosted the GLOMUS CAMP 2013. Eighty five persons from 23 different countries participated in music making and presentations for 10 days at Makumira. It was an AMAZING event and it really helped to show what Makumira music is doing on an international level.
You can see how thrilled Banyanka is at his wedding to Sabina in December 2012. Banyanka is currently Head of the Music Dept at Bagamoyo College of the Arts where he teaches conducting, music theory and brass.
Meet Kasheshi who is resting his feet on a drum after a practice session.
Here the students are learning, performing and most importantly, enjoying the new instruments the Music For Tanzania project has brought them. Here is Banyanka playing a tuba.
These students are happy to be a part of this exciting project. In a country where half of the population lives on an average income of $2.00/day, the purchase of a musical instrument is beyond what these students can afford. Meet Eliabu, one of the music students studying notes.
The average age of these music students is 35. No matter how talented or enthusiastic, they just do not have the means to support themselves and their families, AND purchase an instrument or sheet music.
Meet Quintin Mayowera, one of the students.
Here is a regional basket dance. You can just feel the music and the rhythm. It is performed holding handmade baskets.
This is our founder, Liz Tomorsky Knott, with Quintin Mayowera in Tanzania in the summer of 2011.
This is a group playing a mallet instrument called a marimba, one of the regional instruments of Tanzania. Much of what the students use are handmade.
Much of music is celebratory. Here is Daris, our inspiration for this project, dancing with one of the students.