John Maile (Waka Waka Dance & Theatre)
Waka Waka Dance & Theatre is a group comprised of four young artists. Zefania Ezekiel, and John Maile, who are the co-founders of the group. They are all artists by profession and have Diplomas in Contemporary and Traditional dance from Muda Africa Dance school Ltd.
Waka Waka is a Swahili word meaning ‘to shine‘ and the name for the group that was found in 2010 and registered with Tanzania Art Council (BASATA) with the main aim of educating and entertaining. WWD&T was a result of ambitious minds with a great passion for dance and the need to fulfill dreams and aspirations that young artists have. We believe that dance can be a way for young people to stay away from unhealthy vices no matter how hard life can be. WWD&T aims to find a way to educate through entertainment and also act to empower youth to find a voice of expression and avenues of the lively hood so to eradicate poverty. We believe in chasing dreams and improving society’s view on art culture which in African societies has not a lot of importance. Through this education and awareness, we know positive progress will be made that will help to strengthen the arts and society in Tanzania.
The core activities for WWD&T are Dance, traditional and Contemporary, theatre, music, Mazingaombwe, building activities like yoga and physical exercise, Jumping ropes dance styles, acrobatics Magic, Contortion, Hat and juggling art. WWD&T artists are also Teachers/ choreographers they train and organize pieces. They also entertain in ceremonies like wedding receptions, Birthdays and all kinds of ceremonies where people like to have fun and learn.