Bagamoyo Players

Copyright: Peter Harke
Bagamoyo Players

They had TV appearances with long concert-recordings in several Scandinavian countries and in Japan. In Germany the "Kulturweltspiegel" published reports about the work of the group.

Due to the recommendation of Bagamoyo Friendship Society, the group has appeared most often in Germany; so during the "Documenta" in Kassel and in front of an audience of about 40.000 people in the Africa Pavilion of the EXPO 2000 in Hanover.

The program of the Ensemble mainly includes traditional dances and music as well as some plays and musicals.

The traditional Tanzanian dance - mostly initiation, hunting or gathering dances - particularly impresses with its incredible physical effort, including many acrobatic elements.

True to their claim that they not only work on researching art, develop, teach or perform, but also contribute to the development of Tanzania (one of the poorest countries of the world), the Ensemble creates a musical once or twice a year in order to further the country.

Copyright: Peter Harke
Bagamoyo Players with Aids-Performance in the Usambara Mountains

Topics for these performances were and are aids, malaria, corruption or the role of women etc. With the help of foreign sponsors, these plays will often be performed in the rural areas of the country - areas which currently can't be reached by either newspapers or TV. This special effort has been called "African artist thinking" by the former director of the "Bagamoyo College of Arts, Rashid Masimbi.

Bagamoyo Friendship Society has supported the production of the CD "Tanzania" by the Bagamoyo Players and also sells this CD. More CDs with members of the Bagamoyo Players have been produced in England, France and Japan among others.