Bent Marble Documentary Training

We have just completed a 3 week short documentary training course with Bent Marble, run by Steve Clack. 12 participants completed the course by making a short documentary on a range of topics including local heroes and biographies about local artists/people in the community.

Participants learned about pre- production, techniques for filming and interviewing, and editing. As we all teaching from Steve, local professionals contributed to the collaborative learning space, and the class formed the beginnings of a network of filmmakers in which experienced professionals were sharing knowledge and experiences with beginners. John and Louise Riber from Media for Development International also shared their expertise with the class. 

For more information about Bent Marble and their work you can find them here:

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Daraja Music Initiative at CAC: ft Gary Sperl

We were pleased to host Daraja Music Initiative (DMI) all the way from Moshi this week for our regular show in the CAC performance hall. DMI began as Clarinets for Conservation, teaching clarinet to young people in Moshi as well as planting Mpingo trees, from which you get the hard black wood to carve clarinets. It is a very slow-growing tree, and as the demand is high, it is becoming scarce. In 2015 they expanded to include violin lessons as well, and they all came to the CAC to perform on the main stage, side by side with the professional performers of the CAC. 

The CAC's connection with the DMI is through Gary Sperl, a professional clarinetist from the USA who has been coming to the music department at Tumaini University Makumira to volunteer for 10 years. He is currently here  in Tanzania teaching woodwind, music business and outreach at Uraki Secondary School.

DMI have also generously donated 50 mpingo trees to be planted on the CAC grounds. Some are now one year old and as tall as Gary!

For more information about DMI you can find them here:

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Dance Classes have finished term 1

Our first term of dance classes has finished with teachers Oliver Mrema and Saidi Kassim (and guest drummers Abasi Mkomwa and Robert Mathew). We had some really dedicated students who learned to dance Ngokwa from the South of Tanzania, Mangaka from Kilwa, and Sangula from Morogoro amongst others. 

We have started a new term, with teachers Fatina Mwasha and Abasi Mkomwa. Karibuni wote!

15,000TZS per person per class/100,000TZS for a full term of 8 weeks.

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Amici Quintet

On the 6th of June we hosted the Amici Quintet, a professional wind quintet who were on tour from the USA. They played an exciting program with music from composers from around the world, including D'Rivera (Cuba), Piazzolla (Argentina), Poulenc (France), Danner (USA), Tamusuza (Uganda) and Still (USA). Difference ensemble arrangements were used, including a double bass and oboe duet, quartet with egg shakers, and a wind quintet featuring very own Programme Manager, Randy Stubbs, on the CAC grand piano. 

Around 100 students from Makumira University attended and had the opportunity to learn a little bit about the instruments that were being played. 

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Karibu Kilifair 2018

This year CAC provided the majority of the entertainment on the main stage at the combined exposition for tourist stakeholders, Karibu Kilifair, from the 1-3 June. It was an opportunity to showcase some of the varied talents of our artists, and we presented traditional dancing and drumming, a masked dance, workshops for children and adults in dancing, hiphop, and acrobatics (collaborating with 4 other local acrobats). 

CAC fusion band also provided the entertainment at the AMEG hotel on Friday evening, playing international and Tanzanian hit songs. With weeks of learning lyrics in English, Spanish and other languages they played favourites such as Hotel California (Eagles), Despacito (Luis Fonsi), Sura Yako (Sauti Sol), One Love (Bob Marley) and Loliwe (Zahara). A good night was had by all!

Our stall in the fairground was also busy, both with people learning about the CAC and our activities, and people making music on the ngoma (drums), pembe (horn), kayamba (shaker) and zeze (stringed instrument) that we had on display to give people a taste of what they can see and do at the Centre. Our aim was to encourage more visitors to come along and try out the activities that we have on offer, and we were successful in that there was a buzz around the CAC. Hopefully some of these visitors will make it to the centre!

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OPERAtion Classics presents: The Barber of Seville

OPERAtion Classics performed the Barber of Seville by Rossini at the CAC on the 21st April 2018. They were on tour from Nairobi, and did three performances in Arusha: in the TGT grounds, the Chai Bora Mansion, and in the CAC performance hall. The singers enjoyed singing in the CAC hall, as it is custom designed for musical performances, unlike the other places where they performed. 



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Cultural Experience with International School Moshi

36 students and staff from the International School Moshi (both Arusha and Moshi campuses) spent three days at the CAC from 10-12 April 2018. They camped on our beautiful new lawn, and made use of the facilities at CAC including showers, bathrooms and kitchen. 

The workshops were all oriented towards the performance on the last day, and included learning to dance and play drums, a drama through dance, making drums, costumes and a backdrop for the stage, and a stage crew who did lights and sound engineering. New talents were discovered and new friends made from the different campuses, and the students also had the opportunity to develop classroom skills such as their Swahili, while it was all tied into the theme of arts and the environment that we live in. We look forward to welcoming them back next year!

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Sauti za Busara 2018

We attended Sauti za Busara  in Zanzibar for the second year in a row, this time with two performances! First was a traditional dancing and drumming performance outside in the courtyard on Thursday afternoon, and the second we were scheduled between Jagwa Musis and Sarabi on Friday evening on the main stage.

This was also an opportunity to release our CD, featuring six original songs from the CAC fusion band. It will be on sale in our gift shop for 10,000TZS, with all proceeds going to the development of the centre.

A great time was had by all, and we look forward to coming back next year!

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Completed Construction!

We have finally completed construction on our beautiful buildings! 

After 3 years of planning and building we now have a performance hall to seat 435, complete with green rooms, a conference hall for 75 with catering facilities, a dance studio with a sprung dance floor, and our special drum building with our offices, a small conference room, video and sound editing space, a gift shop and exhibition space from Tanzanian instruments. 

We are finishing off the landscaping, and busy constructing our traditional village, which will have Maasai, Arusha, Meru and Chagga bomas for visitors to learn about the life of different Tanzanian ethnic groups. 

Our opening concert showcased the lecturers in the music department (with special guests) performing chamber music for students in the university. A busy programme is planned to try out the space with a range of other music styles from traditional ngoma, classical music, Tanzanian fusion music, and even Western indie music with the Danish band Total Hip Replacement on tour in Tanzania in November.

You are very welcome to visit, and please keep an eye on the website/social media for a full calendar of events. 


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