Sing to the Well

by Wagogo people - Tanzania

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PARTNER WITH US TO HELP PROVIDE RESOURCES TO A SMALL RURAL COMMUNITY IN CENTRAL TANZANIA. 100% of proceeds from album sales go directly back to the village community bringing much needed resources, such as water and medical facilities.

This recording is a glimpse into lives and stories of the Wagogo people of central Tanzania.

"With the sound of beating drums and chanting voices all around, the small African compound had come to life, illuminated by the light of a new moon. As the heat of the day subsided, the cool breeze of the evening brought renewed energy into village life. Scraping, sliding sounds of dancing feet against the red ochre coloured earth floor, swished in time with the hourglass shaped percussive instruments, enticing everyone into the intoxicating rhythm. No one could keep still, even a feeding mother sitting cross-legged swayed in time, picking out vocal harmonies or answering sung phrases, seemingly oblivious to the clinging child at her breast.
As we sat entranced by the spontaneous nature of this musical explosion the day to day survival of these Tanzanians had been forgotten. Patiently waiting for the rains, their crops were slowly but surely withering under the brutal heat of an East African sun. Yet, there was hope in the air, and this evening it had come, as it often did, beginning with the sound of a drum, coaxing us to dream of a new day."

Martin and Rebekah Neil ….. extract from report after our first visit in February 2003.


released May 1, 2006

A Voices from the Nations production.
Recorded on location in the village of Mnase, Tanzania
Recorded, edited and produced by Martin Neil
Tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,14,15,16,18.
Mixed by Neil Costello at ICC studios Eastbourne, UK
Tracks 1,8,9,13,17 and extra DVD songs
Mixed by Martyn McQuade at Oceanview Recording Studio East Lothian, Scotland.
Mastered by Jon Blamire at Digital Audio

Photography Rebekah Neil
Video clips Jeff and Zach Hobbie
Cover Design Andy Colthart
DVD editing and production Jerry Curd

Special thanks to the Chairman, elders and people of Mnase. To all singers, musicians and dancers
The wonderful hospitality of Julias and Clen Galundo
To Seth Gidiony without whom, none of this would have happened. Elisha Walimu, for helping us with translations. Jeff, Lori, Isak, Zach, and Chloe Hobbie,
who first invited us out to Tanzania, and have been partners in this adventure, you guys are amazing.

We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to all those who contributed in so many other ways and made this project a reality Kevin and Shelly Prosch and More Church, Amarillo, TX. Loren and Christine Johnson, David and Ann Clark, CA Spring Harvest, UK for equipment grant.
Mike Spratt at Wigwam, thanks for lending us the microphones. All our friends at the Northumbria Community.

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Track Name: Karibu
You are welcome to Mnase,
you are coming from far away.
You are welcome now.
We are happy that you are here.
Track Name: Calling young people
Young boys play your drums now.
The lion is roaring on the top of the mountain.
Young boys wake up and play your drums.
Track Name: Zeze duo
Music is for talented people
not everyone can do that.
We as the Wagogo tribe
we now play music of other people
(because) we don't care about our music.
But now we have to play our music.
We have (our own) journey everyone knows (this).
Track Name: We have a good city
We have a good city in heaven
all the saints are happy there.

There is no doubt or fear there.
You will be happy all the time
because there is no evil there.

Jesus is coming very soon,
(We are) waiting for the victory.
Track Name: Going to heaven
We don't go to heaven
because of the good names we have.
Jesus cares bout our deeds.
He doesn't care (if you are) elders
of the church or the pastors.
But we are going to heaven
according to our good deeds.
Let my spirit always go with Jesus.
Track Name: We thank the Lord
We give thanks to the Lord God because
what He said is now starting to appear.
You people be careful with your ways
before your God.
Lets remember the famine of 2003
God himself provided food for us
and now we are safe,
singing as well.
Track Name: School children
1. Our village is wonderful with lots of streets and in the midst of hills.

2. Be careful with ladies
who are going to town and decorate themselves
(they are those who pass on ) AIDS.
AIDS kills millions of people but (if you are)
careful (you) will be safe.
When she went to town life was so difficult for her
9so) she became a prostitute.
Track Name: Hoeing song
1. I'm hoeing in the farm.
Our farms now are looking beautiful.
God has blessed us.

2. Let me sharpen the stone because I want
to grind millet for my children.
God has blessed me.
Track Name: Donondo
Dear boy be quiet,
this is our culture
soon you'll conquer.
Track Name: Chui
1. I have now started my music, it's up to you
(to better me).
My group is like a wild animal, be careful.

2. Who is the best dancer?
You can't follow my footsteps.
There are other people who try and imitate us.
This music is for this group, you can't follow us.
Track Name: Depending on God
There is joy to (being dependant) on Jesus
because His blood will wash you,
then you'll be clean.
Don't fear my brethren
Jesus is calling you.
Come near to Him and see His goodness.
Track Name: Ushirika choir and Zeze group
Everyone say Hallelujah to the Father God in heaven.
We have a journey, (He) will be back soon.
(The) Bible tells us to be ready
for the journey to heaven.
You sinners repent, this is the end time.
You need (congregation) all come together
and discuss it.