#CreatePreneurAfrica, Tanzania’s John Gambula’s tapping into Bagamoyo’s hub of creative talent

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
Marimba.

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)

HOPE+ACTION=CHANGE (FUTURE)

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

  1. Integrity
  2. Ethics Volunteerism
  3. Spirit Commitments
  4. Hard work
  5. Leadership
  6. Teamwork
  7. Continuous improvement
  8. Communication
  9. Recognition
  10. Accountability

Meet CreatePrenuerAfrica  John Gambula,  seeding  hope in the uprising  Africa’s untouched talent hub

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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.

 +255 658496359
shijagambula@yahoo.co.uk
gambulajohn@gmail.com
Facebook: John Gambula
Facebookpage: Chungu Marimba
Instagram: Gambulajohn
Websites: http://www.johngambula.wix.com/marimbadrum





#CreatePreneurAfrica’s Barefoot Boy ,Kenny Sultan Mleke_ Lay down your Heart Bagamoyo,Tanzania

All the way from Mang'ula village, Kilombero in the heart of Morogoro, Tanzania, Kenny Sultan Mleke's ("The Barefoot Boy") purpose driven life was initiated when he authored 'The Plight of my life'. Being diagnosed with the chronic and incurable condition of juvenile diabetes (diabetes, type one) at tender life stages when he turned ten years old,he shares his life pathways towards the calling of upliftment and healing in the midst of poverty, confusion, pain and suffering
“Kenny’s life journey in a tumultuous pathway of ongoing trials and tribulations was soul directed in a  driven journey ahead overcome challenges in pursuit of full research to overcome the bountiful complications of life”
Kenny’s next life calling was the return to his mother’s homeland, in the historical gem of Bagamoyo, a town on the outskirts in a collective montage of economic, political with visual historical relics.
He  founded BACCA-Bagamoyo Children Carers Association and authored his next treasure ‘The Great Image of Bagamoyo town and Tanzania
 20% of the sales of his books go to Bagamoyo Children Carers Association and Mang’ula charities
‘Bagamoyo ‘WHERE_I_LAY_DOWN_MY-HEART’ series ‘The Plight of my Life by Kenny Sultan Mleke
#BAGAMOYO _ ‘WHERE_I_LAY-DOWN_MY_HEART’ SERIES BY Kenny Sultan Mleke
#CreatePreNeurAfrica –  Writer Kenny  Sultans life purpose calling in a town Bagamoyo ‘Where I lay down my heart’

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1. Tell us what drives you? What is your passion? 

Writing and giving to the need is my passion.

 2. How old were you when you realised your passion?

Since I  was a little boy of 10 years old, I had a dream to become a story writer, unfortunately, I wouldn’t have even understood how it could be possible. Then my passion for writing convinced me to give it try.

I started writing my first book. “The Barefoot Boy and gift of shoes and second book. ” The plight of my life and now, ” The great Image of Bagamoyo town and Tanzania”

3. What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Writing a story

 4.What drove you to make money from your passion?

To be honest with you I wanted to be happy and satisfied with what I  do and natural I thought to sell my passion but I don’t expect much. Only thing I do enjoy doing what  I am doing.

5. When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

I started to sell my books from last year.

6. What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I knew the road of my dreams isn’t always easy to navigate, sometimes clotted with mountains to climb, obstacles to overcome, and hard, mind-numbing times that will make me feel like quitting. None has ever been said anything worth having does come easily and So I didn’t turn back around  and I like what George Herbert  said; don’t wait the time will never be just right start where  you stand , and work with whatever tools you have at your  command and better  tools will be found as you go along.

7 What motivates you every day to even more successful?

Not to give up for everything.

8.  What do you have to all of the people who doubted you?

To prove they are wrong by doing what I think I can do.

9. What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

Never believe anyone who is trying to tell you that things couldn’t be done
“You can’t be done”, “You can’t do this”
It is all because they don’t know any better.

#CreatepreneurAfrica – Africa Modern Arts Project Bagamoyo @ Saidi Mbungu

AMA, Africa Modern Arts , in the heart of Bagamoyo , Tanzania is a grassroots organization initiated by Saidi Mbungu, a renowned sculptor that has had his work exhibited internationally.

SAIDI MBUNGU +255 716 038 227

http://amapbagamoyo.wixsite.com/amaorganization

 

Saidi’s hometown is in Bagamoyo (“Here I lay down my heart”). He nurtured his talent in art and spreads his wisdom to igniting rising sparks of  creative wisdom

AMA is for sharing skills of craft to all interested in learning.  There are so many fulfilling experiences, that volunteers are always drawn to the establishment of AMA. He aims to keep them off from dubious activity and empower them for a bright future ahead.

http://amapbagamoyo.wixsite.com/amaorganization

CreatepreneurAfrica – Saidi Mbungu @ Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My true passion is art. I believe art is empowering. It is a golden key, an outlet of expression. A tool of upliftment.

There is no free schooling in Tanzania, there is a need for an outlet for education. The youth in Bagamoyo are orphaned or poor. I started AMAP school in my backyard.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The thought of being a creator is amazing. You are on a throne of power after a piece of work is complete. I cannot even explain that element of total upliftment.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
There is so much bereavement, so much poverty surrounding our everyday life. Tourists are free to explore and enjoy our natural wonders, but we are so caught up in our economic disempowerment. But we have the tools and the talent of natural artistic skill. This is how we can rise as a nation!
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I remember the day. I was young. I cannot remember how old I was. I just remember the time was not good. There was little hope, scarcity at my home that triggered so many tensions. I sat outside creating an art piece of recycled materials. 

A passerby noticed. I was still in the process of polishing. They waited in wonder and handed a batch of notes and takeaway snacks and a juice too! I was delighted!
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Adversities are always there. They come and go. I recluse and engage in a new piece of work and I am lifted and inspired.
 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The kids around me. Our coming generation. They uplift my soul to reach to the stars.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
The angels of hope are always around me. I truly hope you find yours
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
I want to tell all that aspire to keep holding on. I believe in sharing hope. We can rise up together.

https://web.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Saidi+Mbungu

https://www.linkedin.com/in/saidi-a-mbungu-9b37212a/

Welcome #ExploremotherlandAfrica

“#CreatepreneurAfrica @Thomas Mura: Soul Rhythm from Bagamoyo

THE ACROBAT AND DRUM TEAM- MAFISI GROUP- BAGAMOYO

It was a soul calling to the remote town in Tanzania- Bagamoyo ( “I lay down my heart”) when Thomas Mura was born.

His life purpose flowed into the rhythmic airwaves as he began tuning in drum beats into the neighborhood in Bagamoyo.

An avid soccer player, he spent his days teaming up on soccer fields honing him into a team player for his community.

Sharing his soccer skills and easing off at the Bagamoyo beach, Thomas soon became a yoga practitioner, sharing his gained wisdom into healing pathways for the future of Bagamoyo.

Many volunteers in Bagamoyo flocked to hear sounds emanate blending in with the soul beat of Bagamoyo.

The artistic soul of Bagamoyo is captured in TASUBA, an arts college with an annual Bagamoyo festival drawing world crowds and special guests.

The Bagamoyo festival featured a special guest all the way from South Africa,  the legendary soul sister, Tu Nokwe, sharing her musical talent, life skills and knowledge into the heart of Bagamoyo. The shine of her light sparked off in Bagamoyo eventually spread out to Morogoro at the Juu Afrikan Festival.

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My passion. Where do I begin?  Well, the beginning of drumming away rhythmic healing beats. I spend time on soccer fields and at Bagamoyo beach sharing my purpose in this life creating yoga retreats and spreading soul healing!
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
My early days in the pathways of growing up in Bagamoyo shaped all of my existence.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Being heard! Many of our lives are filled with sea waves of tides streaming in and out. It sometimes topples our smooth flow. Drumming for me, was for me,, but the rhythm spread out. 

I am now part of an acrobat and drumming band, the Mafisi group in Bagamoyo. We plan to stream our vibe into every gravel in our land Tanzania. We plan to reach out to the continent of Africa, our motherland.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
Survival. Beach days and drumming away made up the essence of me. Time to ease out at yoga sessions and the soccer field filled my soul. That is when I decided to share all I have gained,I need income as well. 
Not through wasting away days laboring for the fruits of masters.Those days have passed by in the Bagamoyo slave route days. Not in my lifetime.....
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
At practice sessions on Bagamoyo Beach. I was handed out my first dollars by tourists passing by  captured in delight by the drumming session
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Watching the waves on the beach front. Knowing that there are high and low tides for all of us, I kept on going in soul meditation in the breeze of the sea.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I know what I can share with my world. I know I can uplift my community and share with generations to come

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I will wave them away and wish them all the best. Tide in,Tide out!
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Keep following your passions. Stay at it, even the toughest of times do pass by and you will be uplifted in spirit and soul.

 

Welcome.  #ExploremotherlandAfrica

The Story Of Bagamoyo with a Bagamoyo Itinerary

Boats, Dowe, Shore, Beach, Ocean, Water
The winding road lined with palm trees in lush green pathways open up into the oldest town in Tanzania,"Bagamoyo", A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, the rich cultural heritage of Bagamoyo is an unforgettable exploration discovery in Tanzania.
8:00 am -   Leave Dar Es Salaam to Bagamoyo
10:00 am - Arrive in Bagamoyo
  •  Visit 15th-century Kaole Ruins
  •  Old Fort
  • Beach market
  • Caravan Serai
13:30 - Beach side lunch break
1500 - Visit 1880's German built Roman Catholic Church

 Other Bagamoyo points of Interest   

The Museum

Boat building 

Fish market

TASUBA Arts College (Chuo cha Sanaa)

 

Strolling down the unpaved and narrow street of Bagamoyo takes you back into time. Way back into time.

In the 19th century, this was an important settlement on the coast of East Africa. It was a route that linked Lake Tanganyika to the sea. Ivory, copra, salt and slaves were offloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar and everywhere else.
The history of Bagamoyo and the unhurried pace makes it an amazing excursion when in Tanzania.
 Bagamoyo dates back to 600-800BC, Bantu-speaking tribes, Kwere, Doe and Zigua lived here originating from the interior Azania. Hunting, fishing, and subsistence farming were the order of the day until family clusters from Persia disrupted in 1250 when they were attracted by fertile land and the multitude of fishing.
Bagamoyo – the Swahili rooted name Bwaga ambiguously meant to lay down. Moyo means ‘heart’ Bagamoyo was unburdening for traders and porters after lengthy journeys and a 'lay down' of hearts for those captured into a destination of heartbreaking slavery. The ambiguity of the name Bagamoyo allows both meanings.

 
The birthplace of Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who served as president of the Democratic Republic of Tanzania, Bagamoyo lies about 70km from the capital of Dares-Salaam Little shops and art galleries line up the roadside. The tides slip in the coastal white sands.

 
 The oldest mosque, the ruined Kaole lies to the south-east of the town. A well-worn, old city with a population estimated at 30000, it is lined with historical architecture inspires by various designs.
On the Swahili coast that was once integral for a commercial network between Somalia and Southern Tanzania, it was the link between the interior of Africa and the world via the island of Zanzibar.

 

 

 

The once slave market has become the Bagamoyo Art market and is supports by the artist community in the town. Sun-kissed, dusty roads lead to a gallery where local artists who have transformed a wooden pavilion, a slave market of the past into an outdoor gallery featuring sculpture paintings and woodcarving. The gallery expresses a collective artist desire to link to a world economy, in the echoes of historic voices on every road corner.

 

Welcome to Bagamoyo! #ExploremotherlandAfrica