Speaking in Dar es Salaam during the forum, Yogi Trived from Columbia University located in New York City, said that the forum, dubbed Beyond the Music, discussed issues affecting the Tanzania society and how social influencers including artistes can play a role in finding solutions to such problems.
Trived said that there are many amazing examples of music being used around the world as a tool for learning and social change as well as building movements.
A few artistes though are actually taking advantage of the prodigious influence they have, he revealed.
Beyond the Music is a discussion series moderated by a community activist that has driven into deep conversations with artistes who believe in the power of advocacy and activism in music, Trived added.
“It is important for artists to understand that they have a power to drive community related projects. It just a matter for them to understand that and use the influence they have,” he disclosed.
Trived said the role of artists is not just to entertain but there is more than that.
Domestic artiste Webiro Wassira ‘Wakazi’ said that he and fellow artistes were proud to attend such a forum aimed at transforming music industry in the country something which many artistes have been looking for.
“I must appreciate the Columbia Global Centres for inviting us to this forum to come and speak about what we can do to our country. I believe if we join our hands together we can take this country to the next step,” Wassira said.
Wassira said he participated in a tree planting project in Kilimanjaro which was aimed at reducing cutting down of trees and noted the project was successful.
“The project was called Kili Tree planting project. I call on the government and other organizations to understand that we can use our fan base to boost major projects within our community,” he added.
Other artistes who took part in the forum include Rosary Robert ‘Rosa Ree’, Diana Exavery ‘Malaika’, Lulu Abbas ‘Lulu Diva’ and Emmanuel Simwinga ‘Izzo Bizness’.