Sibelius Academy, Chamber Music Hall, on Wednesday 13.12.2006 at 7pm
HODI is a greeting used instead knocking on the door, announcing to the people in the house "Hello! Anybody home? May I come in?"Watch the recorging with RealPlayer (minimum connection speed 256kbps)
MAYO WANE (Of My Mother)
WITO (Vocation, calling)
MBIOBIO (Why are you in such a hurry?)
BUGOBOGOBO (Animal skins)
PAMBALAMA (On the top!)
Arnold Chiwalala, composition, poems, script, directing, vocals, dance, kantele and drums
Aliko Mwakanjuki, vocals, dance and drums
Menard Mponda, vocals, dance and drums
Ricardo Padila, vocals and percussion
Taito Hoffren, vocals and wind instruments, sound engineering
Topi Korhonen, guitar, trumpet, drums and vocals
The Tanzanian choreographer, poet, song writer, dancer, musician Arnold Chiwalala is in the process of finishing his artistic doctorate in the Sibelius Academy Folk Music department. Hodi! is the fifth of altogether five concerts that form the doctoral exam.
Arnold Chiwalala has worked as a teacher and performing artist in Bagamoyo Art School in Tanzania since 1985. In Finland he visited for the first time in 1987 after which he has been teaching Tanzanian music and dance in for example Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy of Finland.
Chiwalala has performed in several concerts and theatre and dance productions all over southern Africa, Europe and the USA, in addition to Tanzania and Finland. As a choreographer, composer, musician and dancer he has participated in Frieda-opera in Helsinki (1995) and Helmenkalastaja (Pearl diver, 1995) in Turku. Chiwalala has also been the subject of two documentaries describing his life in Tanzania and his artistic career, "My name is Arnold" by Swedish TV and "Musta Väinämöinen, Arnold Chiwalala" by the Finnish YLE TV1.