Tanzanian Musician,Choreographer,and allround Performer, Bagamoyo's 'Shijaa'John Gambula,founder of 'Afrika Chungu Marimba',stays committed to empowering the untapped hub of artistic talent in the world of rhythm and beats. He shares his artistic skills in active participation as a teacher and researcher. He embraces various soul rhythm projects in Africa and internationally crowning his efforts with his uniquely designed creation of homegrown traditional instruments !
All about Afrika Chungu
The vision of ‘Afrika Chungu Marimba’ is about rooting a prosperous Africa under Africa’s umbrella of abundant talent. Harvesting a generation of ever-flowing sustainable development with an emblem to maintain Peace Love and Unity on earth
In the world of arts, I found Afrika traditional music instruments have a bigger role to play....Passing on the heritage. -John Gambula
Once the creators of these exceptional unique musical instruments can no longer continue creating the instrument, the instrument production ceases to exist! Beautiful and awesome musical instruments become extinct! Traditional instruments with powerful emotional melody leave us
Even at TASUBA, Bagamoyo College Of Arts (traditional instruments that were once used there are no longer available once the creators of the instruments retire or pass on…All we are left with are modern instruments. Essentially, we lose our soul….. John Gambula
My idea was intense research into folk music and instruments of our 128 tribe’s in Tanzania. I met artist elders and learned the art of creating them. We taught and learned in unison ending with a fusion of traditional African instruments with Modern instruments in a collection of instruments, songs and melody, and rhythms.
“Afrika Chungu Marimba” is dedicated to uplifting the coming generation to reinvent and empower the younger generation to reap the benefits of the powerful sounds rooted in their heritage, showcasing the marvels of Africa’s treasured creativity to the surrounding world.
Rithisha Sanaa Project (RISA Project)
The initiation of the Rithisha Sanaa Project was rooted in my passion for working with children. After introducing my ideas to friends we gradually set it off!
Facilitating youth and children in the pathway Spiritual, physical, moral, cultural and society’s economic uprising was in motion
Any movement towards achieving a certain vision the most important seed is HOPE. But HOPE alone is not enough. Actions should be taken to attain the desired CHANGE.
“Afrika Chungu Marimba” Ten Commandments
- Ethics Volunteerism
- Spirit Commitments
- Hard work
- Continuous improvement
Meet CreatePrenuerAfrica John Gambula, seeding hope in the uprising Africa’s untouched talent hub
What drives you? What is your true passion in life?
It’s all about “doing what I love”. Doing what I love earned support from society. I always dreamed of reaching heights in the world of arts and sharing my skills
My true passion is sharing skills and growing budding talent in society. I want to be the key that unlocks treasures of talent. I believe in supporting and improving skills in creativity.
By sharing what I have children learn easily and interact. I help children to be observers in the creative world. Sharing through arts builds respect. It builds understanding
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
Since my childhood, I grew up surrounded up in artistic societies. I joined dance groups in my village and I found my passion for dancing and singing
What about your passion attracts you most?
Working Hard. Achieving more. Sharing what I have and learning from others.
Arts and creativity is an effective tool of body, mind and soul empowerment for children, youth and society in general.
What led you to make money from your passion?
Earning from what the work I love. Getting paid for performances and selling creative products ensures every life moment is special. Time is precious and being privileged to savor every living moment, loving your work on earth, is loving life
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
When I was kid age of 10 years I got money during my dancing. Audiences come and give rewards on stage
There were rewards at wedding parties and dance performances. These were my first steps to earn money through my passion.
What kept you going when you thought giving up?
Ultimately, my passion I have, together with the appreciation from my people in the society I communicate with. Changes always need action and effort to reach desired dreams.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The desire to succeed and working hard to give more to society.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
“Time tells and the results can prove”
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Work hard and stay committed. Do what you love most. Never Give up! Do what you love most. Things are possible.
Hope and commitment and actions bring you to future change.