African Banjo Arts, Inc

African Banjo Arts, Inc Raising cultural awareness and igniting exchange to alleviate poverty
ABA is a dedicated organization to restoring and preserving the African banjo art traditions, in an effort to end poverty by empowering traditional artists, while combating the pandemic decease....and comfort those who have become the victims of the pandemic..
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The African Banjo Arts (ABA) was found in July/1985 by Essau Simbilo Pwelle an African Banjoist, Songwriter, Singer, Dancer, and Historian who found also The African Banjo Village Band (ABVB)with his cousins on the idea of being villagers, and visitors entertainment group in the remote areas of Namangoni and Yenzebwe Village, Ileje District, Mbeya region, Tanzania- West Highlands. Since our establishment we have been working hard to continue restoring, preserving, documenting the African Banjo musical instruments; arts, drums, dancing styles, recordings, stories, facts, photographs, drawings, paintings,audios, and much more in order for generation to come to inherit from us as we did inherit from our Ancestors. The African Banjo Origin: The African Banjo originated from Africa as a 3-4 stringed musical instrument dominated mostly by the "BANTU" (Bantu-means people)ethnic group which comprise 68% of the African Continent's population. Among that ethnic group is our ABA Founder/CEO Essau P. Pwelle from "Wandali" tribe of the Southwest Highlands of Tanzania bordering Malawi from the South-West and Zambia from the Northwest of Tanzania.

Mission: ABA Mission- Is to restore and preserve the African Banjo Tradition, art, music, culture, customs, art facts, documentaries, films,in every form from drawings, fine arts, audios,soft copies, web sites, blogs, hard copies, brochures, paper back, etc. To learn about our programs that you can engage in, please write to us.

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07/23/2019

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09/26/2018

African Banjo Arts in a work progress to introduce recycling arts and instruments collaborating with several other key players in the industry new to Tanzania

12/06/2017

Come back soon for new updates on African Banjo Arts....

06/21/2016

Do you know what African Banjo Music did to those in hardship life those days??.....empowered them through their long journeys!! and it has been more than 400 years in history of mankind...

03/12/2016

A tour to Europe is on the way as a Soloist Banjoist from Tanzania!

01/28/2016

I'm about to go in the woods in Mbeya with my banjo to go and make some collaboration songs with birds and frogs any one interested to join?

11/26/2015

Happy Thanksgiving to my Family and Friends in the United States I miss you all!

07/30/2015

African Banjo Arts, Inc with its partner in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania are working on 16 acres in Kisarawe District, Coastal region to build an African Traditional Arts and Music Education Center where more than 12 hurts (built from strews) and authentic African decoration, with a dome in the middle for performances. This village will be hosting artists living residents from all Tanzanian region, East & Central African region, and around the globe... more info visit...www.africanbanjo.com soon!

07/30/2015

African Banjo Arts, Inc with its partner in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania are working on 16 acres in Kisarawe District, Coastal region to build an African Traditional Arts and Music Education Center where where will build more 12 hurts from strews and authentic African decoration with a dome in the middle for performances. This village will be hosting artists living residents from around the globe... more info visit...www.africanbanjo.com soon!

07/30/2015

African Banjo Arts, Inc with its partner in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania are working on 16 acres in Kisarawe District, Coastal region to build an African Traditional Arts and Music Education Center where where will build more 12 hurts from strews and authentic African decoration with a dome in the middle for performances. This village will be hosting artists living residents from around the globe... more info visit...www.africanbanjo.com soon!

01/07/2015

After one year doing something different, I have found my-self not satisfying my soul...than I could do with African Banjo Arts Project for street children....therefore I do apologize for not listening to my soul and those who have always been there for me on those projects.....I assure you soon to be back with something meaningful....

09/05/2014

Come at New Msasani Club, Dar es Salaam....for the open mic the banjoist won't miss !

08/17/2014

African Banjo Art in Prospect project to tour Beijing and Shanghai, China....

07/16/2014

It has been long time without hearing any about the African Banjo projects...in next week you be able to see all series of program..

12/31/2013

Thanks to my family and friends who have supported my mission in 2013 and I was able to meet some of my goals to help vulnerable children, and for being my African Banjo Art and music fans! I wish you a well lived year 2014!

12/16/2013
African Banjo Arts, Inc

African Banjo Arts, Inc

Coco Beach Street Children Jam...and kids got talent to start soon!

12/16/2013

Coco Beach Street Children Jam...and kids got talent to start soon!

11/07/2013

I owe so many friends and my art supporters....just wait for few weeks to surprise you :)

10/22/2013

African Banjo Arts to team up with the African Orphans Fund for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) advocacy in Tanzania...you are welcome to join in!

09/20/2013

African Banjo Arts introducing musical instruments made out of 90% recycled materials in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The project to be introduced in pre-school and Primary school in Tanzania!!

09/09/2013

Essau and other local traditional musicians will be jamming at Alliance Francaise on September 18th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 Pm

09/05/2013

Essau Pwelle an African Banjoist will attending the Swahili Hip Pop Exhibition at Alliance France on 13th - 15th/September.....Richard Prins from NYC to be one the host.

02/22/2013

Today my friend Kiru his playing at triniti lounge I will not join him due to being sick for 3 days....but just recovering....

02/14/2013

Recently I have been inspired by disabled/with no legs and hands making art out of recycled materials.....I owe them to share my skills with them as well!! Check (wonder works in Tanzania)

11/29/2012

Banjo is a soulful musical instrument.....that has so many stories and unforgettable memories in people's lives for more than 400 years....

09/11/2012

....ABA is working with traditional acoustic performing artists in Tanzania to introduce bed side music therapy for old men and women to revive their souls with live old school music from the 50's - 80's :90% Tanzanian music and 10% from across the globe.

08/07/2012

ABA still striving to make a difference in Tanzania by motivating local artists to find their way to self-employment....

08/01/2012

Essau at Bongo Star Search today!! I got 8 artists registered!

..aba just did shooting for the coast music show knows as "taarab" to aired in all radios and tv show in Tanzania and in...
07/14/2012
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African Banjo Kids Project in Tanzania
06/14/2012

African Banjo Kids Project in Tanzania

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06/14/2012

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06/06/2012

African banjo Arts for Kids to record the single next week!!

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05/31/2012

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05/04/2012

Tomorrow ABA to host 40 kids and choose 10 of them to be little traditional banjoist who will be trained in our workshop for 30 days for free.....thanks to our donors and supporting friends....!!

04/20/2012

Today we have a meeting regarding African Banjo Arts Initiatives project for kids and to launch the festival of Great Lakes countries in East Africa!

03/15/2012

I'm in Zanzibar Island.....hope to launch African Banjo Project Initiative to honor slaves who lost their lives while in transit ....

Banjo Project in Montana
02/20/2012

Banjo Project in Montana

Timeline Photos
02/20/2012

Timeline Photos

02/20/2012

What is African Banjo? It is a 4 string musical instrument originated from Africa surfaced in the world 16 centuries ago, made out gourd, hair tale for strings, and piece of stick for the neck with no frets. Mostly played by strumming....

02/10/2012

Finally the trip to East Africa and Central its here...wait for the ABA upcoming tour in the US after the blessing of our founding fathers of our traditional art and music. Departing on Wednesday February 15th and coming back April 9th.

02/02/2012

I know it has been a while since we brought you a live show....ABA team is working on some thing we'll surprise you with lol..We love you:)

01/01/2012

On behalf of ABA team and volunteers I would like to thank you for your support and making African banjo Arts be recognized within our community....more great programs under way for 2012!! Happy New Year to all of you!!

Sega Girls School Fundraiser
12/11/2011

Sega Girls School Fundraiser

10/27/2011

after 14 days touring from east to the west ABA is going to launch East African dancing class for this coming winter from December 15th to March 15th, 2012

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