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Developing music industry skills: Students can visit Tanzanian university

Researchers and practitioners from Berlin and Tanzania have joined forces in the cooperative project “Skills, Employability, Sustainable Development for the Humanities – SESDH”.

A delegation from Berlin visited UDSM for an initial conference in August (left to right): Prof. Marc Secara, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wünsch (, Kathleen Bomani (international artist, student of the B.A. Creative Industries Management program), Prof. Robert Lingnau, the Tanzanian artist Nikki Wa Pili, Prof. Marco Kuhn, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Biehl.

The music industry in Tanzania is thriving with recordings, popular music across the continent, festivals and performing artists. Finding sustainable ways to work in the music industry is something that requires constant imagination and efforts and is a challenge in any country. In this spirit researchers and practitioners from Berlin and Dar es Salaam have joined forces to combine their creative potential, artistic skills and strategic thinking. Also students from both universities will be able to travel on the programme for mutual university visits and workshops.

The “Skills, Employability, Sustainable Development for the Humanities – SESDH” is a cooperative project by SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) and the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), College of Humanities, Department of Creative Arts. SESDH strives to generate input for the reform of the Humanities study programmes by setting an example with the productive reconsideration and reconfiguration of a music study programme and creative industries management programmes. In addition to this, a set of modules for general competencies such as self-management, project management, communication, and entrepreneurship will be created, that could be used cross-sectorial in various study programmes.

Tanzanian artists joined the initial conference, among them Nikki Wa Pili, a well-respected rapper from a popular rap group Weusi, a legend in his own right. He said: "What I learned from these professors from Germany, is not the facts or experiences they share but rather, the way they look at things, the kinds of questions they ask themselves and the depth of their journey through self-inquiry." 

In this spirit of inquiry, students from the B.A. Creative Industries Management and B.A. programmes from the music department will be traveling to Tanzania to exchange and develop ideas with local students and experience local professors’ approaches. The first visit from Tanzanian students and professors in Berlin will take place towards the end of the year. Berlin students will be able to join the journey.

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