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sing to the well

The Sing to the Well story

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A CD & DVD package

of African people

and their song

Recorded live on location in the mud hut village of Mnase, Tanzania – this album captures the heart of the Gogo people who are renowned for their musicality. The tracks cover a diversity of styles and instruments. From ancient close harmonies to the intoxicating rhythms of the female Muheme drummers….from the Pygmy-like vocables to the percussive sounds of the dancer’s leg bells (Njuga). Hear the master players of both the 3 stringed (bow- played) Zeze, and the previously undocumented 10 stringed (plucked) Zeze. Their songs cover many themes of life in this village from a girl singing about hoeing to different groups singing about farming, aids, celebration and welcome. An old man, the last known player (in the area) of the Donondo, sings whilst playing his strange musical bow sounding like a cross between a Jews harp and a Berimbau…..With the sounds of the side blown Baragumu horn, Kayamba shakers, and the tongue wagging shrills (ululation) of the women to the melodic tones of the Marimba Ya Vibao the tracks take us on a musical journey into the heart of this vibrant musical people. Read More

Medical Dispensary

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Great to see the medical dispensary up and running –  medicines in cabinet – microscope – solar panels and the electricity about to be connected.  Full-time workers and fieldworkers. The government’s hospital is now a clinic for pregnant women – although it is also used for people who are severely ill and need a bed. At the moment it is a dorm for the field students.

Mnase village 2017

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Mnase village was as dry as a bone and Bekah’s eyes were soon streaming as strong winds blew up dust into her eyes in almost desert like conditions. Because the fields were so bare, apart from a few decimated crops, plastic litter could be seen everywhere dotting the village landscape. Before plastic all waste would decompose. No refuse collection here! There are incrediblle changes in the community. Seth has encouraged the chairman that each visit we stay in a different part of town in order to continually build friendships. This time we are staying in a house with sofas / couches and amazingly, just connected 3 days ago, electricity! Everyone very pleased to see us – lots of warm welcomes.

Back to Mnase village

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The road into Mnase is so dry. River beds dryer than we have ever seen them – in fact one man said he had never seen them this dry – we found him digging 10 foot down to extract small amounts of water in the bone dry river bed. The size of the holes were immense, conical at the top to hold back sand and straighter when hitting rocks. His hard work had brought some success as he had cultivated a small patch of greens next to the river by using the water from these deep pits.

Tanzania 2nd maize drop

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Another maize drop successfully completed – due to circumstances unknown 205 families missed their maize allocation on the first distribution. When the error was confirmed we immediately sent more support. Very thankful to all who have helped.

Tanzania Drought 2017

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We are looking at sending money to buy maize before the prices soar – and we need your help – if 1000 people gave £25 each we would be able reach our target and send maize not only to Mnase but all the surrounding villages. We so appreciate your help – Asante sana.

In the UK you can give via https://my.give.net/tanzaniadrought2017 and outside the Uk via Paypal – voicesfromthenations@hotmail.com

Tanzania relief – second truck arrives.

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A wonderful Easter present as more maize arrives for the village of Mnase. Due to the continued famine the prices for a sack of maize was still very high but Seth managed to negotiate for 124 sacks. He says “When the big truck of maize slowly entered the village, I could hear shouting all over the place. Martin, it was a very big surprise for all the villagers.”  So thankful to all those who helped make this happen.

Tanzania relief 2016

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I have been asked “Can we still give to the Tanzania relief fund?” Yes, we are planning to send more out in a few weeks. If we don’t get a truck full we will be sending smaller amounts out to the people most in need.

In the UK you can give via https://my.give.net/tanzaniarelief and outside the Uk via Paypal – using the email voicesfromthenations@nullhotmail.com

Tanzania relief news

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So thankful to all our friends out in cyber world. The first truck load of maize is heading to the village of Mnase in the next couple of days. Sadly news from the area is not good and people are dying in some of the villages around Mnase. So lets keep telling the story and dream that we can help more villages in the area.

Seth writes :- “Two hours after sending you email tonight,The local radio reported that several People died at the Villages nar Mnase, Mlebe, Chahnumba and Kikombo, the Villages you know and visited. The problem is worse, and seem will take Very long Time before People having harvest, PLEASE What I ask on behalf of this Dying Communities, if you may have, some people you know from any other part of the World please Ask some food support”.

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Tanzania Relief 2016

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Dear friends – the Gogo people of Mnase village in central Tanzania are again bracing themselves for food shortages due to another severe drought, which damaged food crops, resulting in a much reduced harvest. We have learned that there is already hunger in the villages and the cost of a bag of maize has already doubled in price, and it is expected that the situation will get worse. The next harvest season will be March – if the rains are sufficient. Voices from the Nations have been partnering with the Wagogo people of central Tanzania for the last 12 years. (Check out the “Sing to the Well” CD and DVD). We are looking at sending money to buy maize before the prices soar – and we need your help – if 500 people gave £10 each we would be able to send roughly 150 sacks of maize to Mnase village. We so appreciate your help – Asante sana.


Window repair

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Thanks Seth Gidiony – just got sent some pictures from Mnase village showing the dispensary storm damage and then repairs being made to the broken windows. So thankful to all who bought the CD Sing to the Well project. Finances still help with continued community support.