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Thousands of hours of Afro-jazz and dance music on damaged reel-to-reels are in danger of being lost forever. Help us digitize them. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 4, 2012.

Thousands of hours of Afro-jazz and dance music on damaged reel-to-reels are in danger of being lost forever. Help us digitize them.

About this project

"Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba." (Little and little fills the measure) -Tanzanian Proverb

Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page! The music you heard in the video above is called 'muziki wa dansi', a unique style of music indigenous to Tanzania.

More than 100,000 hours of music like this is sitting idle and all but forgotten on deteriorating reel-to-reel tapes at the headquarters for the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation in Dar es Salaam. The Radio Tanzania archives are running out of time and it's our goal to digitize and preserve them before it's too late. Remarkably, our project coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tanzania's independence from colonial rule. It's the perfect time to celebrate Tanzanian culture by preserving and reviving  this treasure of national heritage.

In fact, the music we are determined to protect is the product of Tanzania's struggle for self-determination, cultural identification, and political and economic development after over a hundred years of colonialism and oppression. Tanzania's first president, Julius K. Nyerere, created Radio Tanzania and a Ministry of Culture specifically to encourage musical expression and to promote national unity. There is more than just "musiki wa dansi," too. The archives contain radio dramas, educational programming, field recordings of indigenous tribal music, Congolese-inspired rhumba, and more. You can here additional tracks and read about them here.

I plan to use my own savings (approx. $5,000) to make a preliminary trip to Tanzania to film the 50th anniversary musical celebrations and to begin the digitization. The Kickstarter funds will be used to purchase equipment for the digitization, to pay royalty fees to musicians and the Tanzanian government, and to produce a "Best of Radio Tanzania" compilation CD with extensive liner notes, photographs, and lyric translations. In order to make the digitization sustainable and directly beneficial to the local community, we are going to establish a Radio Tanzania Digitization workshop that will train Tanzanians in the digitization process and will employ locals to run the workshop in our absence.

We also hope to film several short pieces about the archives and the digitization process. Many of the musicians whose work is contained on the reel-to-reels are still alive and making great music. Several of them have expressed interested in being interviewed and filmed performing. Ultimately, we hope to make a film about this music and the story of the archives. Our first priority, however, is to get these reel-to-reels converted so the music is not lost. But we won't be able to do it without you. Thank you for your time and support!

Please visit our website, TanzaniaHeritageProject.org for more information about the archives, our team, and our plan.

Also please check out a sample of some of the music on our Soundcloud account: http://soundcloud.com/user1962241

WE'VE MADE OUR GOAL! New Goal of $20,000 for more, better, faster equipment to get the music out quicker and in higher quality!

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    35 backers

    THREE DIGITAL MP3 FILES of songs from the archives + your name listed in the "Thank you for Helping Digitize the Radio Tanzania Archives" section of our website with a link of your choice-- your blog or website, a cause you support, your twitter feed, your business, etc.

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    The RADIO TANZANIA SAMPLER CD with not five, not ten, but TWENTY ONE hand-picked songs from the archives. This mix will be a preview of what the "Best of Radio Tanzania" CD will be like once we've digitized more music, remastered the tracks, etc. These songs are the jam and most of them have not been available to the public for nearly 50 years. CD will come with a handwritten 'thank you' note. Plus rewards above.

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    ADVANCE DOWNLOAD of the "Best of Radio Tanzania" compilation CD with PDF version of liner notes and photos (when it's ready), and you still get the sampler CD now! + rewards above.

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    HARD COPY of the "Best of Radio Tanzania" compilation CD with liner notes, and a glossy 5x7 print of a photograph from the archives with lyrics from one of the songs (and its translation) on the back + all of the above.

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    RADIO TANZANIA HOME MOVIES DVD (the rough-cut of the documentary film that we'll put together while we're working on the archives). This will be an inside look into the digitization process, Tanzanian music, and Swahili culture as we see it on the ground. It will include interviews and performances with musicians we meet along the way. At this level, you'll also get your name in the liner notes of the CD, an 8x10 glossy print of a photograph from the archives with the lyrics of a song from the archives and its English translation + all of the above.

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    RADIO TANZANIA T-SHIRT (limited edition) with our awesome logo on it + all of the above.

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    A Skype interview with myself, AND Totoo ze Bingwa or Benjamin wa Mambo Jambo (both popular Tanzanian musicians), a Skype tour of the Radio Tanzania archives, an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit for the "Best of" CD, a professional photo book of prints and lyrics from the archives, a hand-carved Tanzanian craft or necklace + all of the above.

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    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    UNLIMITED free downloads of digitized songs from the archives (once we have set up a website), EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit for the "Best of Radio Tanzania" CD, the photo book of photos and lyrics, the Skype tour and interviews, a hand-selected Tanzanian "kanga" cloth with a Swahili proverb on it, and a Tanzanian carved wood handicraft + all of the above.

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    Come to Tanzania and participate in the digitization yourself. Get a tour of the Radio Tanzania archives, attend 2 live music shows and explore the city with the Radio Tanzania team, meet the musicians whose work is contained in the archives, see some music digitized and create your own mixed CDs with your favorite tracks, and take a swim in the Indian Ocean. PLUS all of the above. (airfare not included).

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