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23 February 2017

EAST AFRICA CHORAL AND CULTURAL DANCE FESTIVALS:BUKOBA

 

EAST AFRICA CHORAL   AND CULTURAL DANCE FESTIVALS: BUKOBA, TANZANIA
Executive Summary & Concept Paper Drawn by Smart P. Baitani, (BA, MBA, PMP)
                             President & CEO of COSAD Tanzania |Founder & Artistic Director of Imuka Singers

1. HOST:
COSAD Tanzania, A Social Enterprise Not-for-Profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that is devoted to empower Tanzanians in rural communities to become economically independent through creative partnerships that results into social enterprise projects.

2. ORGANIZERS:
(i) COSAD Talent Center
(ii) Imuka Recording Studios
(iii) Imuka Singers
(iv) COSAD Board of Directors
(v) Vocal Essence’s Philip Brunnelle and Dr. Phillip Shoultz,III.

3. PARTICIPANTS:  
Full Concerts Performances: Imuka Singers (Tanzania), Imuka Cultural Dancers (Uganda), 100+ Community and Church Choirs from around East Africa (Uganda, Kenya & Rwanda)
Guest Artists: Individual & Group Performing Artists from Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa
Other Invited High Profile International Choral Experts and Artists: Vocal Essence, Minnesota, USA| One Voice (Minnesota, USA), University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota High & Middle School Choirs, USA Choral Exerts Church Music Directors and Imuka 2016 Tour Hosts

4: BACKGROUND: 
Though unprecedented in size, scope and vision, the East Africa Choral and Cultural Dance Festival draws from the long held traditional of “Mashindano” (Choral Competitions) in Tanzania  which have had a purpose of encouraging, revitalizing and promoting faith-based and traditional/cultural choirs  as well as inspire young generation to become more creative citizen. COSAD believe music is a powerful tool that can mobilize and transform individuals towards building competitive and vibrant communities.
5. VISION:
Use the platform of choral music and cultural dance to promote community social and economic development and to foster cultural ties with the world.

5. MISSION:
To become a premier  global cultural event that  showcases and  promotes  African cultural creativity  through music and dance  by bringing authenticity and most original artistic work across East Africa under “one roof”  in quest to attract and preserve  disseminate their talent with the rest of the world.

6. BUSINESS MODEL/SETTING: 

The week long Festivals will take the choral music and music in general to a whole new height by adding not only cultural dances but also international guests appearances and use the music as a platform to promote social justice, love, unity, community values and social enterprise development as well connect local choirs with global partners in search of cultural understanding. 

Since 2003 COSAD Tanzania has been working with dozens of choirs and community cultural groups all of all genres and stripes, faith without regards of their creed or denomination across Tanzania.  More than 100 Choirs have expressed enormous excitements to participate.

Choirs will receive participation guidelines at least 12 months in advance.  Each Choirs/Group/Artists will pay a reasonable none-refundable fee called “Registration Fee”.  After meeting the Participation Criteria the selected choir will pay the second “participation fee” will go towards organizational logistic expense related to event. (Special Form explaining cost allocations will be provided).
The Participating Choir music/songs must meet, among other things, the following Criteria:
a) Criteria for the "Best Choir" will cover:
i) Cultural Creativity
ii) Authenticity
iii) Originality
iv) The Message (depth and relevancy of the song (s)/ theology or as it relates to solving social and economic predicaments facing the society in Tanzania and the world at large. 
v)  Creative use of traditional instruments. (Percussions and Rhythmic Vitality)
7: BENEFITS AND ECONOMIC IMPACT TO THE CHORAL COMMUNITIES:
Specific and immediate benefits to participants will include:
a) The Overall “Best Choir” will win a FREE recording contract at Imuka Recording Studios. 
b) Secondly, in the span of 12 months COSAD Tanzania through the Talent Center and Imuka Studios will promote the winner through concert series and Radio show promotion with TV and Radio & TV Djs giving the Choirs unprecedented national and global visibility
c) Some of the “best Choir” will join an award-winning Imuka Core Ensemble for an International tour in that will take place within 24 months after the Festivals in July 2018.

Other Talent that will be rewarded:
There will be other talent based rewards-such as:
 (i)  the 2nd and 3rd run up choirs (CASH Prizes)
 (ii) the best composer (Invitation as Residence Artists at the COSAD Talent Center)
 (iii) the best Soloist  (Invitation to tour Internationally with Imuka Singers)
(iv) the best percussionist (Invitation to tour Internationally with Imuka Singers)
(v)  the best choir director (Invitation to tour Internationally with Imuka Singers)
 (v) the best/Creative (traditional) Costumes (Cash Prize and Market Opportunity thru COSAD)


Selection of Winners will be done transparently and with extreme due diligence by the Team of renowned Social Enterprise Experts, Choral and  Ethnomusicology experts from East African and accomplished International judges such as Vocal Essence’s Philip Brunnelle from the USA among others.  

8. PARTNERS:
(i) Media Industry in Tanzania especially Radio Stations and TV Stations.
(ii) Church Bodies in Tanzania especially the CCT,  ELCT Evangelical Lutheran & Catholic Churches
(iii) 2016 Imuka Singers Hosts in the USA (See List at Imuka Singers/Festival Website)
(iv)  Hotels and Tours Operators and Corporations in Tanzania and Uganda. 
(v) Government Agencies such as Ministry of Information, Culture, Artists & Sports, Ministry of Industries, Trade & investment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
(vi) International Body of Choral Experts and Ethnomusicology and well Foreign Mission Agencies.
(vii) USA and Canada Universities/Colleges/ High School Music Programs and International Programs.
(viii) International Choirs from USA Churches and Professional Music Groups.
9. SPONSOR(S):
* COSAD TANZANIA SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERS:
* COSAD USA
*COSAD Board Members.
* For Sponsorship and Promo of your business contact us! Bukoba@gmail.com
10. CONTACT/ SIGN UP FOR PERIODIC UPDATES:
www.imukasingers.org | www.cosad.org | Bukoba@gmail.com |+255.767.933737 (Tanzania) |612.760.0901 (USA) | +612.227.0065 (USA)

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