KINASA (Kiswahili na Sanaa: Swahili and Art) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in 2015 by Tanzanian hip hop artist Nash MC. It is committed to promoting the Swahili language and culture through its different art forms, particularly music and poetry.
Since its beginning KINASA has organised concerts in the Temeke district of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, giving an opportunity to up-and-coming artists to hone their craft using the Swahili language. So far we have organised more than 20 concerts, all completely free and open to the public, which have been attended by 25,000 plus people in total.
Emsa is one artist who has been supported by KINASA. Following the encouragement he received after performing at KINASA he recorded an album and has since been supporting himself through his music: “KINASA is an amazing platform for young people. People saw the talent I had and supported me. Now I support myself through my art”.
KINASA recognises the many challenges facing the learning of the Swahili language in the Tanzanian education system. Therefore we also visit local primary and secondary schools and inspire students to love and be proud of their language, as well as organising concerts in schools which promote the culture around the Swahili language.
Could you help KINASA continue with our work of promoting the Swahili language and supporting up-and-coming artists in Tanzania?
KINASA hopes to organise shows in various regions across the country, in order to continue with our work of nurturing young talent, giving priority to the development of female artists and creating an open space for the community to come together and freely share ideas.
To emphasise the proper use of Swahili language through the use of arts, the main aim being to promote and develop Swahili proficiency and to facilitate education of the Swahili language in schools, to identify different challenges facing Swahili and work on them.
How we will use your donations
£5 could help to buy books and open a library which can provide students with the resources they need to succeed at no cost, reducing issues of availability in local government schools
£10 could help to build a durable stage which will ensure that the artists are given the respect and safety they deserve
£15 could help to buy good quality music equipment to enable the up-and-coming artists to demonstrate and develop their talent and improve the overall professional quality of our shows
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