The Struggle for Space: Youth Participation in 'Ngoma' in Globalizing Tanzania


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Department of Creative Arts


At present, there is a new custom of young people reconstructing Tanzanian ngoma performances by borrowing from different sources within and outside Tanzania. This new trend is perceived by the elderly generation as nothing other than an act of damaging ngoma which have been preserved by our ancestors for decades. Using the concept of third space coined by Homi Bhabha in (1994) and the concept of cultural identity, the study examines how Tanzanian youth use ngoma to gain a space as active producers of ngoma performances and how this assists them to create a sense of place in their country.