Ngoma in Tanzania and Goma in Gujarat: Do You Know That This Ritual Practice Connects Tanzania and India?

In: The African Review
Kedmon E. Mapana Senior Lecturer; Department of Creative Arts, College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam Dar Es Salaam Tanzania

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This paper exposes a ritual practice that can create a potential cultural collaboration between Tanzania and India. In support of enculturation theory, the author argues that if Tanzanian and Indian governments promote ngoma musical arts in Tanzania and goma musical arts in Gujarat, India, cultural collaboration in music could be enhanced between the two countries. This paper briefly presents pertinent historical and cultural background of the two countries, and discusses empirical research that provides evidence of the close linkage between ngoma musical arts in Tanzania and goma musical arts in Gujarat, India. This paper is intended as foundational not only for artistic and intellectual exchange and collaboration between two regions, but also as a means of considering ways to foster social and economic development between artists and scholars of Tanzania and India.

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