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Kuandika mashairi na nyimbo na kutafuta ujumi wako

na Roberto Gaudioso

Roberto Gaudioso ni mtaalamu wa fasihi ya Kiswahili, mtafsiri na mshairi. Kama mtaalamu ameandika juu ya ujumi, falsafa, ushairi ndani ya fasihi ya Kiswahili na fasihi linganishi. Ameandika tasnifu yake ya uzamivu juu ya ushairi wa Euphrase Kezilahabi. Amefundisha vyuo vikuu vya Dar es Salaam na Napoli “L’Orientale” hasa tafsiri na utongaji/utendaji wa mashairi, ujumi wa ushairi wa kisasa na falsafa ya Euphrase Kezilahabi.

Kama mshairi ameandika diwani nne, zile tatu za mwisho ni vitabu-sanaa vifupi vilivyotengenezwa pamoja na wasanii wachoraji. Kile cha mwisho “attraverso di te” (Kupitia wewe) kilichotungwa pamoja na msanii Mariangela Levita kina mashairi ya Kiswahili na mchanganyiko wa mistari ya lugha mbalimbali. Aidha, diwani hii imehamishwa kwenye media mbalimbali k.v. maonyesho ya sanaa pamoja na utongaji wa mashairi, video na nyimbo.

Warsha hii inashughulikia ubunifu wa kuandika mashairi na nyimbo kwa Kiswahili. Kiswahili kimechaguliwa kwa sababu ya matokeo yake ndani ya sanaa ya fasihi kama lugha inayotumika kifasihi (mashairi, riwaya, thamthiliya, nyimbo n.k.) ambayo ni ya kiharakati sana na ina sifa ya kimataifa. Sehemu kubwa ya fasihi ya kimajaribio (experimental literature) barani Afrika imeandikwa kwa Kiswahili.

Lengo la warsha hii ni kufundisha washiriki kutafiti ujumi (aesthetics) na ushairi (poetics) wao, yaani mambo haya yanafanya msanii awe na sauti yake mwenyewe katika kuandika matini (text). Ili kufanya hivyo itatumika mifano ya waandishi wanaharakati wa Kiswahili kama Ebrahim Hussein, Euphrase Kezilahabi na Remmy Ongala.

Washiriki wa warsha hii watasukumwa kujadiliana mada mbalimbali na kujaribu kuandika, kutafsiri na kuhamisha matini fulani kwenye media nyingine (transmediation: kwa mfano kuhamisha shairi fulani ndani ya muziki). Warsha itakuwa ya saa 6, yenye sehemu tatu. Sehemu ya kwanza itahusu mifano ya waandishi waliotajwa awali, na hasa ujumi na mitindo yao inavyohusiana na fikra zao. Muda huo tutajadiliana kuhusu uzoefu wao. Kila mshiriki atakuwa na nafasi ya kuchanganua matini ya waandishi: alivyoimba Remmy Ongala “Muziki asili yake wapi ee?/ Muziki ni wa nani ee?/ Muziki hauna mwenyewe”, yaani hakuna madaraka ndani ya sanaa. Mshairi Euphrase Kezilahabi pia anasititiza kwamba hata “mwandishi mwenyewe hana madaraka juu ya uachanganuzi wa matini yake” na kwamba “fasihi, kama sanaa, haiharibiki, hupita mipaka yote”, na pia: “Fasihi si maji mafu, ni hai”. Kisha kwenye sehemu ya pili tutajadili namna ya kusoma, kutafsiri na kuhamisha matini fulani kwenye media nyingine.

Katika sehemu ya mwisho washiriki wataonyesha kazi zao (k.v. shairi, tafsiri, transmediation, rewriting, n.k.) walizoziandika wakati wa warsha na baadae kupokea cheti cha ushiriki kutoka chuo kikuu cha Napoli “L’Orientale”.

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Pillars of Hip Hop & Grafitti

with Wachata Crew

Wachata Crew (WCT) is a crew of street artists based in Dar Es Salaam who focus on visual and performing arts such as graffiti, painting, interior art designing and Hip Hop performances. WCT was established in 2007 through Words and Pictures(WAPI), a monthly open mic event that was sponsored by British Council in Dar Es Salaam. WAPI celebrated all elements of the Hip-Hop culture. Since 2007, WCT Crew has been working with young people in order to provide a platform for self-expression through graffiti.

The name Wachata is taken from the English word, ‘charter’ and changed to Swahili slang, ‘chata’, a term for graffiti derived from the stowaways who pioneered the charcoal tagging style back in the day. Every time one does a tag or a graffiti piece, it is referred to as a ‘chata’. ‘Wa’ is Swahili meaning‘Us’.

For Wachata Crew, graffiti provides a platform from where they can express what they could not otherwise have a means to express. Over the last 10 years, Wachata Crew has been commissioned to work for various organisations and media groups such as Azam TV, Clouds TV, TBC1, British Council, PSI Tanzania, TWAWEZA, Restless Development and the Alliance Francaise. WachataCrew has also worked with several Tanzanian Hip-Hop artists such as Mwana Fa, Saigon, Mansu-Li and many more who have used their graffiti in music videos, documentaries and interviews as backdrops.

Wachata Crew has been involved in organising and facilitating various workshops for adults and children around East Africa such as:

  • Words and Pictures (WAPI) (2007 – 2010) (Dar es Salaam)
  • Trinity International Hip Hop Festival (2011 – 2016)(USA)
  • Swahili Hip Hop (2012 – 2013) (Dar es Salaam)
  • Wachata Crew live graffiti (2014 – 2016)
  • Urban Matters (2016) (Holland)
  • East African breaking borders Tour (2016) (Uganda and Kenya)
  • Saving Underground Artists (2012 -2013) (Arusha)
  • Women Xpress project with Alt Del (2017)
  • Pamoja live (10th Anniversary of Wachata) (2017)
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Songwriting & Composition / Vocal Training & Performance

with Mandela Ambasa

The workshop will cover performance coaching, management tool kits for independent upcoming musicians, checklist for applying to International festivals. These sessions and in high demand amongst many local developing talent and will be of great benefit to Tanzanian artists.

Currently residing in Kenya, with over 10 years’ experience working as a singer, songwriter, composer, preforming artists and music teacher. Mandela has in addition participated at the following festivals:

  • Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
  • Selam Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Bayimba International Festival in Kampala, Uganda.
  • DOADOA cultural market in Jinja, Uganda.
  • East Africa Vibes Concert in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Africa Oye Festival in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • WOMEX in Budapest, Hungery.
  • Roskilde festival in Denmark.
  • Karibu Music Festival in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
  • Wikiendi Live in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Zanzibar Beach & Watersports Festival, Tanzania.
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Storytelling & Percussion

with Kifimbo Yahya

Kifimbo Yahya is talented singer and song writer who rose up in Bagamoyo in the year 1998, Kifimbo was born in the year 1982 in Bagamoyo region, his art journey started while in primary school through different school art activities, while in school he would participate in dancing, drumming, singing and play the guitar. In the year 2000 he decided to stand alone with the reggae music as the base of his style.

Kifimbo Yahya draws his inspiration from the well-known Jamaican artist Culture man. His strong energetic stage presence and performance always creates a lively vibe that entices the crowd. On his journey to date, he has performed in various places in and out Tanzania, from local concerts to private events, he has performed on the professional stage in events such as the Karibu Music Festival, the Bagamoyo Art Festival, Alliance Française events, Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar and the Music Academy tour in Germany to mention a few.

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Focus on: Innovative Creative Spaces for Art in Modern day Africa

Since 2008, Fadhilee has collaborated with other artists in efforts to innovatively create showcase and develop the arts scene in Africa. He has staged his music in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Ghana, Greece, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Germany among others.

He is the founder of the Annual multicultural Utam Festival in Nairobi, Kenya. Fadhilee’s Garage is a monthly garage concert at his place which provides an exclusive evening of fun, friendship, acoustic music and good vibes, offering intimate, live-music experience for both the listeners and featured performers.

He is also behind Kwetu Cultural Center – a multipurpose arts centre that inspires, imparts and supports artistic ventures.

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Liberian born, Benza’s early years were shaped by attending the PS135 public school in Brooklyn, NY where the likes of Russel Simmons and Kevin Lyles were schooled and where there was a focus on nurturing and developing students interested in the arts and more importantly the business thereof.

Benza hosted his first event at the age of 13 years and progressed to larger scale entertainment projects at college where he studied Computer Science with a minor degree in Marketing and Communication.

Since moving to South Africa he founded four popular entertainment venues and launched several successful entertainment properties and International concerts. Benza has a proven track record in the hospitality, creative and entertainment industries in cities such as New York, Nairobi, Lagos, Kampala and Johannesburg, and is credited with playing a definitive role in moving these industries forward.

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Nipe Fagio is an organisation focused on making our environment as clean. I mean, who doesn’t want to enjoy themselves on a beach without the worry of having a load of trash around them? Who doesn’t want to go to the beach and be able to just sit or lay down on the sand and listen to music without the worry of having the wind blow plastic bags on their food or face?

This is what Nipe Fagio does. The organisation aims to deal with waste in an effective way to make sure that, not only waste does not affect our health and animals health, but also you can enjoy your trip to the beach with friends and feel in paradise. All this will hopefully one day lead to change in policy regarding waste and protection of our water sources.

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This workshop done in collaboration with Nafasi Art Space is going to focus on how a percussionist can expand their horizon by mixing traditional and modern percussive instruments.

Dulla Mnanga (58) comes from a family of artists. His talent to play different traditional instruments were horned by the influences of his two ethnic connections, The Ngindo and Ngoni representing tribes of both his parents. While his expertise lies in Percussions, Dulla can also play other musical instruments including Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano etc.

To further nurture his talent Dulla joined Bagamoyo College of Arts for a course in Music and Dance. Dulla is now residing in Dernmak where he works as a professional percussionist and a trainer is also a founding member of Tatu-Nane, one of the most popular fusion band made up by former students of Bagamoyo College of Art in the early 90’s.