Renovations of Jiwe Gumu School to start in March

Renovations of Jiwe Gumu School, based in Mtongani near Bahari Beach will kick off during March 2011.

The school currently has 89 pupils, aged from three to five. The growing number of pupils has created a need for a new classroom and a toilet block.

The primary funder of renovations is the US Embassy with 4,030,000 tsh but Art in Tanzania will also donate money to ensure that the new class room and toilet block are suitable for the growing number of pupils.

When the renovations of Jiwe Gumu School get going it will take around one month to finish them, so estimates Principal Frederick Kennedy.

“After the new class room is built we can divide pupils according to their age and we'll be able to enroll more students.”, he said on the front porch of Jiwe Gumu School.

Jiwe Gumu, which means “hard stone” currently employs two permanent teachers and usually there are one or two volunteers from Art in Tanzania working alongside them.

Jiwe Gumu School opened in 2003.

News About the Construction

The new classroom foundation and walls have been finished and we are presently constructing the roof. We expect the whole construction to be finished end of November.


Busara - The greatest African music festival

Sauti za Busara is an African music festival that attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. As Art in Tanzania is active in Zanzibar, where Sauti za Busara is held every February, it was only natural that Art in Tanzania would cover the festival. Many volunteers and interns enjoyed the festival with gusto.

Talk of the town, the most anticipated artist of the whole festival was without a doubt Twanga Pepeta. Shadyah Rowland from Tanzania was waiting for that group, their music, their dancing and their show with great excitement.

“I admire them. The way they sing and dance is just beautiful.” she said.

Mary Omary from Dar es Salaam agreed with Rowland.

“I like their songs and all in all they are a very entertaining group.”

Moza J. Dihule, Augustinu Faustine and Christian James also agreed.

“We are very fond of Twanga Pepeta's dancing. Their Congolese musical influences bring something special to their act.”

Twanga Pepeta was the last performer of the festival and you could feel how excitement was rising on Sunday evening. When they came on stage the crowd went completely wild. Twanga Pepeta lead this huge mass of dancing people who were all in one unity, under one sky, the sky of Zanzibar.

Art in Tanzania was proud to be part of the Busara festival 2011.

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Mzuka Records international tour

Flyer for Tanzanight in KorjaamoThe Art in Tanzania Music Tour of Ethiopia and Finland included two great concerts. One at Korjaamo Club in Helsinki and the other at Tampere Club in Tampere as well as participation for two festivals in Helsinki.
We used a stay of three weeks in Ethiopia to rehearse, prepare and then perform at some local venues as well as the Tanzanian embassy.

In Finland the first show at Korjaamo club was profesionally filmed and broadcast live on 16 channels.

The tour then moved on to Tampere an industrial town in Finland. There was a full house at the Tampere club. The biggest cheers of the night were for the traditional Tanzanian drumming, who's intense and energetic rhythms were a new experience for the Finnish audience.

The artists included:

  • Tanzanian hip hop artist Dudu Baya & Benjamin Mambo Jambo
  • Traditional African drumming and dancing group Sanaa Sana
  • Tanzanian singer song writer Andrew Ashimba
  • Top finnish musicians: Teho Majamäki, Hulkkoset & Juho Viljanen
  • Miikka Mwamba behind the mixing table

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Join us in music sector volunteer and internship programmes in Tanzania. Feel the special sounds of African music. Art in Tanzania music studio Mzuka Records is the key place to get to the Tanzanian music.

Improvements at Kunduchi school

Art in Tanzania volunteers and interns renovated and constructed classrooms in Tanzania. Kunduchi Nursery and Primary School had only one large classroom and breaking the many students into smaller groups to teach more effectively is very difficult with only one large space. In addition, the school's toilet facilities were in very bad shape and there are many holes in classroom ceiling. The project construction was started in August 2010 and was funded by a Self-Help Grant from the Community Grants Department of the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

Renovating the school's toilets

Kunduchi Nursery School has not had running water for their toilets, so they needed a new water tank and water pump. The piping was also in such disrepair, all new pipes were installed.

The new water tank                          A new pipe



We installed a new drain for the sink, a new flush box for the squat-toilet and fixed the other toilet and gave the entire bathroom a very good cleaning. All this will supply the school with a much higher standard of hygienic cleanliness.

Old flush box                              New flush box


Ceiling repair

There were several holes in the ceiling of the existing classroom which birds have since taken up residence. Now the ceiling and roof have been fixed and the birds have been removed safely from the premises.

Before and after pictures:


Classroom Partition

Teaching previously has been very difficult because the school had only one big classroom. Now the classroom is divided into two parts.

Before and after pictures:


Volunteers and interns are welcome to participate the ongoing construction and furniture making programmes in Tanzania. Helping the poor societies in Africa is a big experience and it will bring you back and back again.

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