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Programme Manager

M.M. Organ Performance And Pedagogy, M.M. Choral Conducting From Northern Illinois University, USA B.M. Music Education B.A Music Performance, Washington State University, USA.
Stubbs has been performing and producing multi-cultural events in the states for more than 15 years and in Tanzania for the past 9 years. He has an extensive background also in music and theatre stage production. He was the author of the proposal that led to this Cultural Arts Centre project at Makumira and is passionate about preserving and promoting Tanzanian culture for local and international audiences.

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Administrative Assistant

Bachelor in tourism management, Sokoine University of Agriculture. She has worked in the tourism industry for five years, including at KLM safaris, and Responsible Tourism Tanzania. 

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Artistic Director

Emmanuel holds a diploma in arts from the Taasisi ya Sanaa na Utamaduni Bagamoyo (TaSUBa), a B.A. in Music from Tumaini University Makumira and a M.A. in education management from St. Augustine University. He has performed with different groups, such as the first Umoja Flying Carpet in East Africa (2013). 

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Technical Director

John holds a B.A in Music from Tumaini University Makumira. He has over 15 years experience as an IT technician and consultant job for various companies and international organizations such as the IMF, Finnish Special Education in Africa, Vision IT, and Internet Africa. He has done various performances from traditional music, choir to playing the guitar. As a part time instructor at TUMa he teaches music technology classes. He likes listening to music and playing guitar and reading.

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Marketing And Development Coordinator

Phoebe has a degree in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. She is also a violin and piano teacher and performer. She worked with the CAC ethnographic research project documenting Maasai, Chagga and Meru music. 

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Development Consultant

Daris has a Masters in Music, and a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Texas in Austin as well as over 20 years experience as a performing/recording artist in symphonic and chamber music traditions.  She is a founding member and the Director of Chamber Music Austin and the Wild Basin Winds chamber group.  She also works as a performer, contractor, producer in film, television, radio.   In 2010 she was a Fulbright Scholar to Tanzania where she lived and taught at Tumaini Makumira University.   Currently, she teaches at Texas State University. 

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Abasi began learning to dance traditional dances while in primary school, and then continued at the Parapanda Theatre Lab Trust, Baba Watoto Centre, Dogodogo Centre, and Music Mayday. He plays bass, guitar and drums, and has performed at many different festivals including DoaDoa, Bayimba and Sauti za Busara. 

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Many people like to imitate Brayson's dancing style. He's developed a unique approach to dancing that quickly identifies him. He hails from Kilimanjaro where he performed with different groups before joining the project. Aside from dancing and playing drums he does acrobatics.

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Elkana taught himself about music and to play guitar, as well as learning in church. He was later taught guitar by Gibson Bukuru. He plays lead guitar in the CAC fusion band, and his highlight has been performing at Sauti za Busara 2017 and 2018. He has also performed at Twenzetu kwa Yesu at the Jamhuri Stadium, Arusha and the Extravaganza Festival, National Stadium, Dar es Salaam. 

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Fatina began at the Kilimanjaro Wizard Group. She has acted with the Chinganga Arts Group. She studied at the Komboa Association Centre. She sings lead and backing vocals for the CAC fusion. The highlight of her career has been performing at DoaDoa performing arts fest. 

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Olodi has a certificate in primary teaching at Patandi Teachers College, Arusha, a diploma in performing arts from TaSUBa, and a Bachelor in Music Education from Tumaini University, Makumira. He also has a certificate in video editing and photography from the Kilimanjaro Film Institute (KFI), which he uses as part of the research team at the CAC. He specializes in Maasai traditional songs. 

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Gerald holds a diploma in performing arts from Bagamoyo College of Arts. Highlights of his performance career were at the Expo festival, in Yeoso (South Korea) and at the Norway in Tanzania Exchange Program (NoTa) at the University of Stavenger (Norway). 

Gerald has many different skills including dancing, drama, acrobatics, stilts, martial arts and playing flute. He also teaches zumba and body fitness. 

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Originally from Tanga, Jimmy has a certificate in Music and Dance from the Taasisi ya Sanaa na Utamaduni Bagamoyo (TaSUBa). He has performed with many different groups such as Usinga, Imani Group Theatre, Akilimali Sanaa Group, Cheetah Group and Kaole Group. He is an expert at juggling hats, fire dance, and his Wabago solo. 

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Joanitha learned to dance and drum from the music department at Tumaini University. She currently teaches the students at Uraki Secondary School in the CAC outreach program. She has also been studying violin since 2007 with Carol Stubbs and performs with the CAC fusion band.

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Six started learning flute when he was 8 years old from his grandfather. Since then he has studied with different groups and performed at many festivals across the world including DoaDoa, Bayimba festival, Sauti za Busara, and the HIV Festival in Stratford, England. 

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Marijani began by studying dancing, drumming and acting in the Cultural Revolution Group in Leganga, Usa River. He also studied African dance at the United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC). As well as dancing, he has acted in films, and does stand up comedy.

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Naliene began studying music at home with his father, then joined a number of groups in Dar es Salaam including Mrisho Mpoto. He can play many different Tanzanian instruments including the marimba, for which he plays the lead at CAC. His performing highlights were with the Kilimanjaro Music Tour in Dar es Salaam, and Sauti za Busara.

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Oliver began studying arts and music at the Komboa Association Centre in Moshi, then the Kilimanjaro Talent Group where she developed her skills in acting and dancing. The highlight of her time with CAC was performing at Sauti za Busara. As well as dancing, she sings backing vocals in the CAC fusion band.

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Rehema began dancing while studying at Uraki secondary school where she achieved a certificate in music. Before joining CAC she performed with the Makumira University Music Department. As well as dancing she teaches music theory at Uraki Secondary. Her highlight with CAC has been performing at Sauti za Busara in 2017 and 2018.

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Robert began playing drums in different places including the Nyerere Cultural Center, Dar es Salaam, and at TASUBA, Simba Theatre. The highlights of his career so far were playing at Jamafest, Kenya, and at the Arusha festival. He is an expert at making African drums, for example djembe, mlungula and mtoji. 

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Before joining the CAC, Saidi performed with many groups including the Komboa Theatre, the Simba Theatre, Nyumba ya Sanaa, Dar es Salaam and Africulture, Arusha. The highlight of this was performing at the Uzalendo festival in Dar es Salaam. He plays drum kit, sings lead and backing vocals in CAC fusion and performs hiphop. 

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Saidi has had many years of experience as a singer, group leader, and percussionist. He's always charming on stage, and connects very well with the audience. He's attended several workshops and seminars in performance arts. He's from Dar es Salaam.