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They were our policemen. Whenever our rivals performed, they went to spy on them. There were three of them. One of them was the son of an Arab. He was the one who gave us the tape recorder that we used to tape them. 20 Although such tactics may seem extreme, they were definitely not uncommon. As will be further discussed in following chapters, ngoma competition was fun, but fierce. And it regularly got out of hand. Ngoma also allowed members of coastal society with opportunities otherwise unavailable to them.

Even though they undermined me and dismissed me from the group, I am the only one left. The other guy (Shee Mwana) is now ill and cannot perform. 5 In addition to highlighting the teacher-student competition inherent in apprenticeship training, Bake Die illustrates several important points about ngoma organization in this excerpt. First of all, he describes a system of tutelage that involves a master musician and a group of students, who were under no social or moral obligation to pay fees for their lessons.

The curator of the Lamu Museum, Abubakar Mohammed, agreed to give me a space for the Exhibit during that time so that it coincided with the four-day Maulidi festival held August 6th 9th. He also made his staff available to assist me in framing the photographs and arranging a space where viewers could watch video clips of Maulidi ngoma performances and other events. The English version of the introduction to the Exhibit, which was titled, “Swahili Praises to the Prophet,” can be found in Appendix A One of my primary goals for the Exhibit was to make it accessible to female members of the community, who do not regularly visit public facilities in the daytime.

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