Wahenga | Documentary | 2018


About Wahenga

Wahenga (The Ancestors) Synopsis

John Kitime, an energetic musician in his 60s, puts together a band to revive the dying sound of Tanzanian Zilipendwa, music from the early independence era. Weaving memories of the past and dreams for the future, John and his bandmates revisit the era of gleaming horns and packed dance halls as they struggle to keep the music alive in a passionate argument for “the ones that were loved”. Will they succeed?

World premiere – Zanzibar International Film Festival 2018


Featuring John Kitime and Wahenga Band

Crew list

Directed by Amil Shivji and Rebecca Corey

Director of Photography – Nicholas Calvin

Production Manager – Haji Said

Editor – Jerome William

Colourist- Nicholas Calvin

Sound Recordists – Rebecca Corey and Amil Shivji

Sound Mixer – Tim Pringle

Production Company: Kijiweni Productions & Tanzania Heritage Project

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