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Dar set to host 2022 Marafiki Music Festival 

-Coast Region’s Bagamoyo town.

Going on its third edition since the program was introduced in 2019, the international music festival brings local and international artists to perform and share their music passion every October.

Isaack Abeneko, ASEDEVA’s Director, told a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that this year’s festival brings different arts stakeholders and experts to share their experience and knowledge with artists to build artists’ capacity in various areas of their profession and creativity.

He said about 200 artists’ groups from in and outside the country are expected to participate in this important international festival aimed at promoting traditional music and cultural values.

Abeneko stated that the festival brings to people wonderful, great live music and knowledge and it is part of the SANAAPRO Project which is funded by France’s Embassy in Tanzania.

He pointed out that through this fund, the Marafiki Festival has managed to feature different artists and musicians from different countries for performances and to provide professional skills in the music industry for local musicians and bands.

The international festival of traditional and contemporary music dance is also aimed at connecting Tanzania and other countries through performing local musical dances which seek to exchange roles, knowledge, and experiences with other co-partners within East Africa and outside the world.

The official noted apart from operating within East African Community (EAC) member states, ASEDEVA is linked with other member groups from South Africa, France, India as well as Scandinavian countries to understand Tanzania’s culture.

During the four-day occasion, the festival will engage in several activities which include open conversation and debates about the music business that will be conducted under the theme, ‘Growing Your Brand Towards International Market’.

Abeneko noted another area of concentration will be focused mainly on how to make Afro-fusion music relevant and consumable within Tanzania, East Africa, and the European markets.

Marafiki Festival, the leader revealed, believes music training workshops are an important element for all artists, music curators, event organizers, and managers to learn and develop their careers.

The Marafiki Music Festival is organized by ASEDEVA and sponsored by Firefly Bagamoyo in partnership with Nafasi Arts Space, Alliance Française- Dar es Salaam, France’s Embassy in Tanzania, Acto Lights, and MuDa Africa.

ASEDEVA is a nonprofit making organization working and registered by Tanzania Arts Council to organize various cultural and arts projects, events, and training for artists.

The organization further seeks to create performances benefitting local artists and groups, and the Tanzanian performing arts community.

The next week’s festival invites a wide range of dance cultures to share experiences and discuss more the opportunities available in the world of the music dance industry and how to tap those opportunities.

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