Cultural Arts Centre (TZ)

  • Friday May 6th
  • National Theatre
  • 8 pm

The CAC Dancer/Musicians represent the Cultural Arts Centre at Tumaini University Makumira (TUMa) near Arusha, Tanzania. This select professional troupe was formed in 2015 following nationally advertised auditions and 3 months of intensive training in dance, music, and professional skills. CAC troupe draws on their varied ethnic backgrounds, training, and experiences to create performances that feature many different types of music and dance including traditional dances, newly created dances, and music pieces that fuse traditional and modern ideas.

The CAC’s overall mission is to preserve and promote traditional dance/music in northern Tanzania. The CAC activities include research, training, performances, outreach to schools, and construction of extensive facilities with assistance from a grant from the European Union and funds raised by Tumaini University Makumira. The new facilities include a 1,200 seat indoor multi-purpose hall and a 300 seat outdoor (covered) performance space, professional dance rehearsal studio, workshop and classroom spaces, cultural displays, music library, and audio and video editing facilities, all using state-of-the-art equipment and resources.

The CAC Dancer/Musicians have performed over 55 performances on campus and off campus for various public and private functions for government, private sector, and religious events. They have performed at various tourism events, including Karibu Tourism Tanzania, S!TE (Swahili International Tourism Exhibition), and events for Tanzania Tourist Board and the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators. CAC Dancers also represented Tanzania at JAMAFEST in Nairobi in 2015. They have performed for all 5 East African Presidents.

The 15 member CAC dance troupe include graduates from TUMa, Bagamoyo College of the Arts, Kilimanjaro Talent Group. In addition to paid performances the CAC is actively involved in outreach performances and workshops to schools and communities in Northern Tanzania. They also build traditional instruments using skills learned from skilled local craftsmen. The CAC Artistic Director is Aliko Mwakanjuki and the main Dance Instructor is Cassius Maganga. Randall Stubbs is the Programme Manager for the CAC. For more information visit


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