Vijana Jazz Band
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1971
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Vijana Jazz Band

Vijana Jazz Band Biography (Wikipedia)

Vijana Jazz Orchestra (also known as Vijana Jazz Band or simply Vijana Jazz) is a Tanzanian muziki wa dansi band that reached its peak of popularity in the 1980s. As with many other dansi bands of the times, it was sponsored by a government institution, namely the Umoja wa Vijana, i.e., the youth wing of Tanzania's ruling party Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) (renamed Chama cha Mapinduzi in 1977).

The band was founded in 1971 by John Ondoro Chacha. In 1978, the Tanzanian government passed a law that allowed bands to purchase foreign instruments (something that had previously been forbidden by the Baraza la Muziki la Taifa, a governative council responsible for the regulation of the music business). Vijana Jazz was one of the first bands to take on this opportunity, and in the 1980s it became extremely popular because of its innovative sound that made use of synthesizers and drum machines.

Popular mitindo (styles) created by Vijana Jazz include sindimba, heka heka, koka koka, watoto wa nyumbani and pamba moto. Some of the most notable musicians that have played in Vijana Jazz are Hamza Kalala, Hemedi Maneti, Issa Chikupele and Manitu Musa.

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Manety: Kamata Sukuma #2
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Manety: Kamata Sukuma #2
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Ujirani Mwema (Having Good Neighbours)
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Ujirani Mwema (Having Good Neighbours)
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Pili Nihurumie
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Pili Nihurumie
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Unatingisha Kibiriti
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Unatingisha Kibiriti
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Lela
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Lela
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Miaka Mingi
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Miaka Mingi
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Gwe Manetu Fii
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Gwe Manetu Fii
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