Tanzania: Local Artistes Told to Copy Useful Skills From Foreigners

TANZANIAN artistes have been urged to learn and copy useful skills from counterparts abroad and improve their artistic works.

This was noted by the Executive Director of Bagamoyo College of Arts and Culture (TaSUB a) Herbert Makoye, in an exclusive interview with the 'Daily News' over the weekend.

Makoye said that it's okay for local artistes to copy and introduce western contents to their work as long as they don't contradict the country's culture and traditions.

"Copying isn't bad, all artistes in the world do that at some point, but while doing that, our artistes should beware of their environment, culture and tradition so that they don't create confusion and discomfort to the locals," he added.

Makoye made the commentary when he spoke about the participation of international artistes in the eight day Bagamoyo International Festival of Arts and Culture in B agamoyo that ended on Saturday.

He said this year's festival has witnessed a tremendous work done by both local and international artistes in showcasing their talents and creativity.

"This year, we hosted about 30 groups and 500 individual artistes from different countries in Africa and abroad, and it has been wonderful," added.

Makoye revealed that foreign participants include ones from Germany, Finland, Zimbabwe, Cameroon and Kenya and so on.

When officially closing the 37th edition of the festival, Deputy Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Juliana Shonza, said inviting international artistes in national festivities is a boost to the local art.

"Inviting foreign artistes helps our artistes to get an opportunity to learn new skills and use them to best capabilities and improve art industry," she added.

She also called upon Makoye to start preparation for the next year's 38th festival, so that it brings more artistes together and put up more entertainment and education.

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