Digital Drama: Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania

Bagamoyo Kamambe Nights

In 2009, TaSUBa started a program of performances to present a variety of art performances, while generating income for the college. The program was initially called Bagamoyo Summer Nights, later renamed into Bagamoyo Kamambe Nights. Kamambe means mastery or excellence in Kiswahili. In addition to performances by local music and dance groups, the program contains more commercial spectacles like the Vodacom Miss Tanzania beauty pageant and Star Light disco on Fridays. In Digital Drama, the program is analyzed in terms of touristic spectacle and cultural commodification. The program has a website of its own, Bagamoyo Kamambe Nights, indicating yet another aspect of liminality at TaSUBa.


Photo 1: Promotional poster at Bagamoyo town entrance


Photo 2: Truck with sound system for announcements around town


Photo 3: Glossy handouts and t-shirts for Bagamoyo Summer Nights


Photo 4: Posters distributed around Bagamoyo


Photo 5: Local music group on TaSUBa Theatre back stage


Photo 6: Local dance group on main TaSUBa Theatre stage


Photo 7: Vitali Maembe performing old and new songs

Video 1: Art and Promotion



Photo 8: Mary Chibwana pitching promotional T-shirts


Video 2: Bongo Flava


Photo 9:Bongo Flava (hip hop) evening with stars from Dar es Salaam


Photo 10: Sales booth for tickets for Bongo Flava spectacle


Photo 11: Loud and rowdy male audience


Photo 12: Bongo star Ray C on stage


Photo 13: Fid Q capturing the audience


Photo 14: Beauty pageant by mobile phone operator
 


Video 3: Miss Vodacom Tanzania

Cultural commodification