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Wahenga

 
John Kitime, an energetic musician in his 60s, puts together a band to revive the dying sound of Tanzanian Zilipendwa, music from the early independence era. Weaving memories of the past and dreams for the future, John and his bandmates revisit the era of gleaming horns and packed dance halls as they struggle to keep the music alive in a passionate argument for "the ones that were loved".
 

Screenings

 

Café Sanaa - Bergen, Norway. August 2018

Huddled by seven mountains, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and known for its' rich artistic heritage. Café Sanaa was a natural setting for a private screening of Wahenga, as it’s owned by a Norwegian Tanzanian couple who’ve made it the home to Afro Jazz in the city.

 

University of Stavanger, Norway. October 2018

In what was a terrific concert hall at the University of Stavanger, the event was co-hosted by the Pan African Students Union and the Faculty of Performing Arts.

 

Official Norwegian Premiere; Ingensteds - Oslo, Norway. October 2019

After the screening of Wahenga, the famed Oslo-based DJs at MFA Ent. brought the music to life. In this celebration of African musical heritage, the pioneering age of Afro-Jazz was the pin on our compass as we navigated through the decades. Thanks again to all who came to last night's screening! Smiles, laughs, reflections, discussions and dance moves. A fantastic evening! 🎩