Spring Quarter Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Kedmon Mapana and UW students perform music and dance of the Wagogo people of Tanzania.
Artist Bio: Kedmon Mapana
Multi-instrumentalist, dancer, scholar, and cultural preservationist Kedmon Mapana makes a return visit to the School of Music to work in spring 2019 to work with students and faculty interested in the Wagogo music and dance of Tanzania. Head of the Department of Creative Arts at the University of Dar es Salaam, Mapana first came to the University of Washington in 2011 to teach a performance-based course in Wagogo song, instrumental music, and dance at the School of Music, a residency culminating in the first onstage performance of Wagogo music in North America. Since then he has participated in several exchanges with UW students and faculty both here in Seattle and in Dar es Salaam, where he is a respected leader in preserving and promoting local culture in Chamwino, Tanzania through the festival he founded, the Chamwino Music Festival, now in its twelfth year. At the culmination of his UW residency, he presents a concert with his UW students and special guests.