Projects

Chagga Traditional Songs as Archives of African Traditional Knowledge

From left to right: Assistant PI (Valence Silayo), PI (Nicholaus Kavishe) and participants from MMEKU Arts Group (Peter Mushi and Zuhura Ali) during a recent group discussion in Rombo district
From left to right: Assistant PI (Valence Silayo), PI (Nicholaus Kavishe) and participants from MMEKU Arts Group (Peter Mushi and Zuhura Ali) during a recent group discussion in Rombo district
LOCATION

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

SYNOPSIS AND POSITION

This project aims to archive Chagga Traditional Songs as a form African traditional knowledge. Chagga people have been using songs, poems, riddles idioms and other forms of representation to teach and impart knowledge to the young generation. Due to the changing community set up, environment, diversity, and a state of modernity this traditional form of education seems to be under threat. To digitally archive this form of knowledge, a comprehensive survey aiming at identifying and documenting Chagga traditional songs by way of audio-visual techniques is imminent.

Field surveys in each site for inception of the project, identification of key participants and interviewees is accmplished successfully. Also established reliable contacts for interviews, group discussions and dancing performances

Currently we are conducting oral interviews with elders and all participating dancing group leaders and individual singers in each project sites

OBJECTIVES AND METHODS

Overall objective is to survey, document, and archive in digital form available Chagga Traditional Songs in Kilimanjaro region. This will involve collecting and compiling audio – visual materials, interviewing local elders and local traditional group singers. The project area is divided into three major areas which are Hai, Moshi Rural and Rombo districts, whereas in each area two sites have been selected making a total of six sites. Surveys will be conducted in each site to specifically identify present songs and singers/dancing groups. An in-depth interview with the singer/groups will follow. This will be followed by recording of the live performance from the individuals or group singers. Data will be processed to produce 45 minutes documentary which will be submitted for archiving purposes

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

  • To be confirmed 

ACTIVITIES

Interviews and group discussions by participants 

Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania