The Western or Albertine Rift Valley runs along Tanzania’s western border, and the Eastern Rift penetrates into the center of the country. In Tanzania, main threats to the birds include the effects of a rapidly expanding human population, such as the destruction or alteration of habitats, and the Government’s lack of resources to address these issues. (Baker, Neil. E, and Baker, Liz M, in Fishpool, L.D.C. and Evans, M.I., eds., 2001)


Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania is the BirdLife Partner in Tanzania: http://www.wcs.org

Music Collaborators include musicians from Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Iringa, Kongwa, and Dodoma; Sangoura drummers and dancers from Sekenke; Maheme women drummers; musicians from the Wagogo Alias and Nyati traditional group; marimba players and dancers from Dene; Balengar, (ilimba); and “Cha Cha” Warema Masiaga (litongu), from Bagamoyo

Andrea Kalima and Mwanaima Mrutu collaborated in concerts in Ekaterinburg, November 2009, and also with musicians from the D’Irashe tribe in two concerts in Awassa and Arba Minch, Ethiopia, September 2008.

Wagogo music features vibrant vocal solos soaring over the ilimba and zeze (fiddle) continuo, which is tuned to the scale of a dominant seventh chord. Despite this unchanging harmonic modality, Wagogo music sounds continuously fresh and engaging.

Our deep gratitude to the many people who have collaborated with us and assisted us in Tanzania; with special thanks to Bernie Hewett

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  • Tanzania

    Size: 936,760 km²

    Human population: 44,841,226
    (World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2010)
    in more than 120 ethnic groups.

    Bird species: 1,005
    including 806 residents and 192 regular seasonal migrants, 122 of these from the Palearctic. (Baker, Neil. E, and Baker, Liz M, in Fishpool, L.D.C. and Evans, M.I., eds., 2001) 34 bird species are globally threatened. (Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World

    Important Bird Areas: 80