18 January 2013

Tanzania: Zitto Vows to Take Local Play to Parliament

Parliament give his approval for their latest work to be staged in Dodoma pleased Lumumba Theatre players. After their debut performance of "Focus On Me" last Friday, at the Russian Culture Centre in Dar es Salaam, the Kigoma North (Chadema) MP, Zitto Kabwe, promised he would do all in his power for the 90-minute production to be staged there.

"It's a must for us leaders to show support for these youngsters and to encourage them so that art can be first something that promotes our culture but also provides employment for our youth," Zitto told the 'Daily News' after the performance. The actually concert ended, as it had begun with the entire cast just seated on stage staring at the audience.

Then the Master of Ceremonies (MC), Evans Bukuku, came on stage and asked the audience for their opinion of the performance. All those who spoke said they liked and enjoyed what they had seen and heard for its uniqueness, which blended contemporary and traditional dance moves with musical sounds, on one stage.

While expressing her views, during this pro-performance chit-chat, the local artist and Managing Director of Trinity Promotions, Sauda Simba, suggested that such a show needs exposure and should go beyond watching it at such venues, therefore, it should be taken to bigger audiences. She was pleased, as was the entire audience, which they displayed through their shouts and cheers, when the MP agreed to take-up the challenge and vowed to do all he could to take the production to Dodoma.

"These are the shows that our leaders need to see so that they can understand the work that people are doing in culture and that they can support it.

We need the support," Sauda explained when the 'Daily News' caught up with her before she had left the venue. Needless to say that the production's Director, Isack Peter Abeneko, a local young and up-coming contemporary dancer and chorographer, was also overjoyed to see how their art production had gone down well on its first staging.

He said the troupe has plans of doing a lot of shows here within the country, at primary and secondary schools, together with other venues, to promote the value of art generally. This is their way, he maintains of showing the community that art has value and can contribute towards building the economy, bring about development and cause positive changes within communities.

In total it took them six months to arrange the art production, followed by four consecutive weeks before Friday's performance, for it to be considered ready for the public.

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