Wamwiduka Band

With close harmonies and their disheveled elegance, they blend Guitar music with Traditional songs and sounds in a fresh and exciting way which right from the start might give you Goosebumps and make you move!

Wamwiduka Band is a Tanzanian uplifting and vibrant traditional music band formed in Mbeya region southern highlands of Tanzania in 2012.

The line-up of Wamwiduka Band are Brown Isaya (Writer, lead vocals, Nyina/Banjo), Adriano Wilson (Ngoma), Zakaria Michael (Shakers, vocals) and Peter Mashaka (bass/Babatoni).

The origin of the word Wamwiduka is derived from Safwa ethnic community from Mbeya region, which means something in the shop or something of value. The band plays the Babatone, a homemade instrument that is very popular in Mbeya as well as Malawi, and they also use the self-made four-string guitar (Nyina), creating the traditional banjo sound.

Brown Isaya is a founder of the group after learning this particular music from his father who was the top Babatoni musician in Mbeya. When his father (Mzee Isaya aka Msolopa) passed away in 2004 Brown made his own Nyina and started playing and singing around the streets. He later mates with the other three boys who decided to join him as his dancers and back vocalists. A year on they decided to include the other instruments and officially launched Wamwiduka Band.

None of the band members had any secondary education so they used to spend most of their free time practicing music by singing playing instruments and dancing. For them music was an escape to other frustrations caused by being unemployed. It was later a big surprise that they started to get recognition and were invited to many local celebrations. This brought them the idea of starting to move around public places instead of waiting for invitations.

This Nomadic band is rapidly gaining popularity around Dar es Salaam where they perform in various public places including Bus stations, markets, Bars etc.

To date the band has performed at Nafasi Art Space Wikiendi Live event, Barazani at Alliance Francaise Dar es Salaam, Goethe Institut Dar es Salaam, Karibu Musi festival, Ongala Music festival, Ethno Musicology Symposium at University of Dar es Samaa and Sauti za Busara festival 2019.


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