Dar es Salaam, March 18, 2016: Telecom Company, Zantel has today donated 3 computers and free Internet service connection to Mkubwa na Wanawe Centre to support the youth in promoting and marketing their music online as part of Zantel digital inclusion initiatives.
Zantel will also provide free Internet service connection to make it easier for the young artists to promote their talent.
Mkubwa na Wanawe is a Center that promote arts and music. It is located in Temeke district and it was established in January 2011, with the aim of providing a performing arts space to support the ambitions of young Tanzanians from disadvantaged backgrounds and with passion for art.
The digital inclusion support to the centre, which currently hosts 102 youth, who have talent in acting, music and dancing will help those youths with benefits from the digital media and also ensure the center fully capitalizes on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
‘We commend Zantel for their support to this centre and of course the government’s initiatives in developing arts in the country’ said Madam Leah Kihimbi, who is the Director of Arts Promotion in the Ministry of Information, Sports and Culture.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Zantel Chief Executive Officer, Benoit Janin, commended Mkubwa na Wanawe Centre for assisting the dreams of many Tanzanians, noting that, art provides employment to many youth countrywide.
‘This support is in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility main focus which is digital inclusion, and we believe with this, the youths at the centre will be able to market their music online’ said Benoit.
Zantel also committed in providing digital and computer training to the youths through employees volunteering to train those youths at the center to effectively exploit the whole benefits of this donation.
‘This support will give artists from the center who have already shown motivation and aptitude to pursue music education the pathways to achieve their dreams’ said Benoit.
Also speaking at the event, the founder of the Centre, Said Fella thanked Zantel for their support saying this is the first time their Centre is recognized and supported.
‘As young and exceptional musicians progress, quality instruments, marketing and promotion become critical, but these are often financially out of reach, and as Mkubwa na Wanawe we are very honored to receive this support which will go a long way in giving more youth an opportunity to discover, develop and establish their careers in art’ said Fella.
The center, he added, is playing a vital role in shaping the future of the Tanzanian youths.
Since its inception, Mkubwa na Wanawe has played a vital role in the growth of Bongo Flavour in Tanzania by nurturing various artists such as Wanaume TMK and the award winning Yamoto band.