African Banjo Arts, Inc

African Banjo Arts, Inc Raising cultural awareness and igniting exchange to alleviate poverty Among that ethnic group is our ABA Founder/CEO Essau P.

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 establ

ishment 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. Pwelle from "Wandali" tribe of the Southwest Highlands of Tanzania bordering Malawi from the South-West and Zambia from the Northwest of Tanzania.


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It has been a while, am back to start performing soon!☺️


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


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


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...


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


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?


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


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 soon!


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....


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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!!


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


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.


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


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)


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


....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.


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


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...

..aba just did shooting for the coast music show knows as "taarab" to aired in all radios and tv show in Tanzania and in the US through

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


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....!!


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!


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Tuesday 10am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 6:30pm
Thursday 10am - 6:30pm
Friday 10am - 6:30pm




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