A new art space owned and operated by Tanzanian artists has opened in Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam.
The Art for Social and Economic Development for Africa, known simply as Asedeva, opened recently opened their doors to their arts and culture center. Executive Director Shaban Mugado said: “We have always wanted to have our own space to work without restrictions. So over the years we bought land in Mkuranga because we knew that one day we will build our permanent center there, but that’s a long-term goal. We are so thankful now to have rented this space for ourselves which is close to the city but also to the local community here in Kinondoni.” He is also a dancer, choreographer and musician.
The creative performance community including Nafasi Artspace, Basata, Action Music Academy and cultural attachés from foreign embassies in Dar es Salaam supporting local artists graced the grand opening.
The space that will now also serve as Asedeva’s headquarters , features a hall that comfortably seats 350 people, with a makeshift stage under a makuti thatched roof that creates a backdrop for arts productions.
Asedeva is behind the Marafiki Music Festival, which is now in its third year, a product of their weekly gig Marafiki Night Live. The Marafiki Festival is planned for October 6-9 this year in Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo under the auspices of the French Embassy and Firefly Bagamoyo.
However, Asedeva’s longest-running project is the planned Haba na Haba Dance Festival This year from July 25th to 30th. International contemporary and traditional dancers will perform.
The company is working on a multidisciplinary production called Vinyago, which will include theatre, dance and music and will challenge the legacy of the country’s colonization target. The production will be presented in Germany later in November and will run for a month. It will be performed in Dar es Salaam, Mtwara and Bagamoyo in Tanzania in March 2023.