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MP3 Muyangu - Wagogo Music of Tanzania

Exiting music from East Africa featuring rich vocals, thumb pianos, percussion, bicycle cable zithers and gourd fiddles.

8 MP3 Songs in this album (41:21) !
Related styles: World: African- East, Folk: Field Recordings, Mood: Fun

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I have been working as an ethnomusicologist in East Africa since ''98 and have come across some amazing musicians and ensembles over the years. Muyangu is by far the most exciting that I have encountered and it was an honor to work with them. This album was recorded in the home of Yona Ngobito on December 2, 2010 in Iyumbu Village just outside Dodoma, Tanzania. We had to secure the corrugated metal roof with extra rocks to keep it from creaking in the wind.

A hard copy CD of this album has been made for Muyangu to sell in East Africa. All profits from the digital sales generated will be donated to the ensemble for development projects in their village. Video footage of Muyangu can be viewed on my YouTube page: https://www.tradebit.com


Tim Gregory
Director, Nada Brahma Productions

Muyangu: Yona Ngobito, Director / Antony Mangati, Choral Director / Joseph Mbaryo, master musician/instructor

Ilimba – thumb piano / Zeze* – gourd fiddle / Isumbi* – zither / Ngoma – drum
Kayamba – flat shaker (corrugated metal, folded and filled with rocks)
Msechele – shakers (rock-filled tin cans with wooden handles) / Ndwalala – bell
*Both instruments strung with bicycle brake cables. The Zeze bow is a wooden stick, no strings.

Song List:

1. Mkulima Wa Kitanzania – The Farmer of Tanzania
Swahili, Traditional / Chorus & Full Ensemble
A call for modernizing agricultural practices with a goal of ending hunger.

2. Ngadu – The Initiates (of Circumcision)
Kigogo, Traditional / Chorus & Drums
A song emphasizing the guidance in instilling the responsibilities for boys coming of age.

3. Chipela – Fallen Small Baobab Tree
Kigogo, Traditional / Chorus & Full Ensemble
A harvesting song that encourages people to help others in need. The fallen tree is symbolic of someone who needs help.

4. Tunamshukuru Baba Wa Taifa-Nyerere – We Are Grateful for the Father of Our Nation
Swahili, Traditional, Arr. By Antony Mangati / Chorus A Capella
A song used to express one’s needs and concerns to politicians.

5. Ludegwe – Acceptance of the Call
Kigogo – Traditional / Chorus & Drums
This is sung by the initiates after circumcision to their parents and guardians, accepting their responsibilities and reminding their elders of theirs.

6. Tunafurahia Maendeleo Ya Nchi Yetu - We Are Happy for the Development on Our Country
Swahili, Original by Joseph Mbaryo / Chorus & Full Ensemble
A song used to express one’s needs and concerns to politicians.

7. Tunasikitika Ugonjwa Wa Ukimwi – Sorry for the AIDS Epedemic
Swahili, Original by Antony Mangati / Chorus & Percussion
There is no cure for AIDS except the grave. Stop your promiscuity.

8. Nyina Mazengo – Wife of a Leader
Kigogo, Traditional / Chorus & Full Ensemble
A work song that emphasizes the importance of working together as a community. It includes the Wagogo proverb “ Nyina mazengo gwee baba nani yokulimila, mlume yafungwa gwee baba nani yokulimila”, meaning “who will cultivate for you when your husband is not there”.

Special thanks to Wayne Grim for CD mastering and Ross Holtz for artwork.
Copyright 2011, Nada Brahma Productions, https://www.tradebit.com

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