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Title:Changes in performance styles: a case study of 'muheme', a musical tradition of the Wagogo of Dodoma, Tanzania
Author:Mapana, KedmonISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Geographic term:Tanzania
traditional music
social change
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696810701485942
Abstract:On 13 February 2005, the author attended a concert of Wagogo music performed in the Anglican Church in Chamwino village in the Dodoma region of central Tanzania. Twenty music groups participated in this concert, with six of these groups performing the popular Wagogo 'muheme'. It was clearly observed that the way this 'muheme' music tradition was performed in the church was quite different from the 'muheme' performances during Wagogo girls' initiation rituals, which the author had witnessed at various times in the past. This realization prompted interest in the transition, and the resultant change of 'muheme' performance styles as a Wagogo tradition, interest that led to the present paper. The basic argument of this paper is that the musical tradition of 'muheme' is a 'living tradition', one that changes due to different influences, some from within the culture, some foreign to the culture, and some brought about by historical events such as the decline of female circumcision practices. The paper investigates the transition of a ritual music tradition through a secular form of the same tradition that has ultimately led to a church-employed usage of the tradition. It notes, specifically, changes in performance styles and the factors that have led to the change of the 'muheme' tradition. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]