Wamwiduka Band~Traditional (Tanzania) 2017

With close harmonies and their dishevelled elegance, they blend Guitar music with Traditional songs and sounds in a fresh and exciting way which
right from the start makes you smile and move! Wamwiduka Band is a Tanzanian uplifting and vibrant traditional music band formed in Mbeya region southern highlands of Tanzania in 2012. The line-up of Wamwiduka Band are Brown Isaya (Writer, lead vocals),
Adriano Wilson (lead guitar/Banjo), Zakaria Michael (Percs, vocals) and Peter Mashaka (bass/Babatoni).
The origin of the word Wamwiduka is derived from Safwa ethnic community from Mbeya region, which means Wadukani
(Shopkeeper/shop-owner). The band plays the babatone, a homemade instrument that is very popular in Mbeya as well as Malawi, and they also
use the self-made four-string guitar, creating the traditional banjo sound. None of the band members had any secondary education so they used to
spend most of their free time practicing music by singing playing instruments and dancing. For them music was an escape to other
frustrations caused by being unemployed. It was later a big surprise that they started to get recognition and were invited to many local celebrations.
This brought them the idea of starting to move around public places instead of waiting for invitations.
The band is now based in Dar es Salaam under the management of local label known as KuziLive Ent.