Scottish band, Big Jessie, from Aberdeen entertained Buguruni School for the Deaf Students in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The event was held to mark the Scottish Week as well as entertain the students who are heading for end of the year holidays.
The band comprising three musicians, Clare Lindley, Brian Mullan and Dick Smith was a big attraction at the schools premises during the late morning hours close to noon.
The band will today at a hotel in Dar es Salaam to raise funds for both the Buguruni School for the Deaf as ell as for the Children’s’ Cancer Ward at the Muhimbili National Hospital.
The proceeds will be divided between the Cancer Ward for children and the Deaf school at Buguruni.
The band has been flown in the country by British Airways and the British Caledonian of Tanganyika Society is the organizers of the visit.
The airlines manager Saada Juma said the visit has been important as the band is searching funds to help the needy. “We are also proud to be associated with this particular kind of events that meets social responsibility to help the needy societies”, said Juma.
The members of the band came straight from the airport to the school for entertainment while downplaying the aircraft fatigue after flying for almost ten hours in the skies.
This is another plus point for the visitors who waived their opportunity to take a rest after a long flight”, said Juma.
During the music show at the school, students joined the fray at the stage to play with the visitors in a frenzy of excitement.
This is the second time in two years for a band from Scotland to visit Dar es Salaam particularly the Buguruni School. Last year the band generated money for refurbishment of the school dormitories.
The Tanzanear, a non-government organization based in England has been organizing the arrival of the band and other assistances to the Bugurni School particularly last year when a group of ear specialists visited for some clinic to children.
Tanzanear’s official Judith Roberts said her organization has been assisting deaf students for several years now.
While the band is staging events to raise money for the charities, the events are also coinciding with the Scottish Week Festivals in Tanzania.
According to the itinerary of the Scottish week, the band would also entertain cancer sick children at the Muhimbili Hospital on Wednesday.
Beside Muhimbili Hospital, the band would also perform for sick people at the CCBRT Hospital on Thursday.
Otherwise, the band will be busy with shows throughout the next week before boarding a return flight home on December 10.
The Caledonian Society is pleased to announce Scottish Week where fantastic band, specially flown in from Scotland, will be playing at various events around Dar es Salaam to celebrate the society’s 90th birthday.
People are invited to come along to as many of the public events as they would like, except the St Andrew's Ball whose tickets are unfortunately now sold out.
For those who weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to the ball, it’s worth to see the band at one of the other open events!