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Ngo·ma |

Swahili. Noun.

The art of traditional African drum and dance.

Shine Africa
community art center

As Shine Africa we have our own community art center in Gezaulole in Kigamboni. We share this center with the women of Kali Mata Ki Jai - one of the oldest NGO's for women in Gezaulole. We are now looking for funds and investors that can help us set up the center, since now we have also registered as an official NGO. If you are interested in working with us, or if you know someone who might be interested, please don't hesitate to contact us!


For Shine Africa it's important to preserve the traditional Tanzanian culture. In this cultural tradition life lessons are taught and they create a sense of belonging and pride. In this modern world we see it slowly dying - children these days don't know their tribe, their tribal language and hardly know how to play the traditional drums. There is a real risk these traditions will be lost forever if we don't try to preserve them.

Our community art center will offer classes in drum & dance to both children and adults. We will also teach traditional songs and keep the art of story telling alive. Later we will also organise different classes, such as painting, meditation, English, etc. This will keep the traditional art alive, but maybe more importantly it will also increase the self esteem of our young people.


We see art as a way to empower our youth, and connecting them to our center is one of our most important goals. Besides we want to set up a program for people in vulnerable positions in our society. They will get a chance to explore and develop their talents. This will hopefully help them get a new goal in life and change directions.

Some of the programs we intend to set up:

  • Drum & dance classes

  • Meditation/ Yoga/ English/ homework/ parenting classes

  • Traditional story telling

  • Help with homework

  • Workshops for different forms of art (painting, sculpture, photography, etc).

  • Live shows

  • Small restaurant

  • Cultural evenings

  • Bed & breakfast / rooms for volunteers

  • Studio's for artists

The dream of a community art center is something that lives in all members, since most of them come from an underprivileged background. They grew up in slums, without their parents or spent years living on the street. Art for them became their escape from this life, which is what they now want to offer to others.
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