Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 January 2013

Tanzania: Film Stars Join Colleagues in Fundraising Show

SATURDAY is being billed as a day of its kind by local artistes from the film sector. This is because the Tanzania Film Federation (TAFF) is planning to hold a 'one-of-its-kind' show at the Dar Live venue in the Mbagala section of Dar es Salaam.

It was with great pride that their president, Simon Mwakifwamba, released this news to members of the press at the Leaders Club in Kinondoni. "We intend putting on a performing arts extravaganza tomorrow, starting from 10 o'clock in the morning, to raise funds so that we can build an office that is more in line with our film industry.

For this purpose, we have lined-up a large variety of entertainment, which includes comedy, theatre and music," he told those present.

It was with much visible joy that he announced that the Twanga Pepeta Band will also be there, with their popular brand of musical entertainment, as their contribution to the festivities, for an event that is being branded as "The Day of Tanzania Film Stars."

He also said that the first section of the show has been intentionally arranged for children. This will be until 7pm, when the emphasis shifts to adults. Amongst the artistes lined-up to perform are Shilole Classic, Vitalis Maembe, Mrisho Mpoto, Hemed PHD and Afande Sele.

Being a fundraising show they have set an entrance fee for children at 2,000/- with adults at 7,000/- and 15,000/-. Just in case it was not clear that TAFF were planning a performing arts show, when a voice from the audience asked for some flava, the local musician Maembe came out with his guitar and went through a few bars of his popular hit 'Sumu ya Teja,' much to the pleasure of those present.

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