Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Andrew Scrievener Scholarships Awarded

Andrew Scrievener Scolarship Awarded
Andrew Scrivener winners Rahma Ameir (Left), Said Bhai (Center) & Amina Omar (Right)
Since 2006 DCMA has been receiving grants from the Andrew Scrivener family for the purpose of supporting students of DCMA
The Andrew Scrivener Fund (UK) was established in memory of the late BBC Philharmonic Orchestra violinist to sustain the Music studies of young and talented students from all over Tanzania. Over the years, DCMA has had four intakes of students supported by the Andrew Scrivener Scholarship to study different instruments. This year three DCMA students will receive support from the Fund.
The students receiving scholarship assis
tance are Rahma Ameir for her study of the violin, Amina Omar for her study of the oud and Said Bhai Said for his study of the qanun.
The Andrew Scrivener Scholarship Fund covers the students' course fees, costs for all study materials, purchase of the student's instrument of specialization and a weekly transport allowance for each of the students.
This Scholarship has been greatly sought after, with many students applying and seeking the assistance of the award. The expressed criteria for receiving the award is the student's level of need and talent, gender equity and promotion of assisting individuals on learning some specific instruments.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The DCMA is sad to announce the death of a friend and fellow musician, Mr. Ali Kassim.

Ali Kassim ( R.I.P ) 27th Jan, 1969 - 24th Nov, 2014
Ali Kassim was a talented musician who taught himself to play violin and trumpet and in spite of a highly regarded career and artistic fame he came to the DCMA in 11th June, 2008 to develop his skills and receive a formal music education.
During his time at the DCMA his support for the school was 100%. He participated fully in the culture and life of the school, amongst other things leading the DCMA Beni Band and traveling with DCMA musicians and artists to UMOJA events (Norwegian sponsored Flying Culture Carpet) where he was a popular and inspiring member of the international group. Ali Kassim performed locally and internationally – in Ethiopia with UMOJA and traveled to Shanghai, China where he presented the DCMA student group.
Ali Kassim loved music. He was a member of the Culture Music Club and whilst at the DCMA he enthusiastically and generously shared his talents training students to play violin and trumpet and we had hopes that one day he would join the school as a violin teacher.
Ali Kassim will be remembered as a man who was admired and respected by all who knew him, not only for his musical abilities and skills but also as a man who loved peace, who never quarreled and who gave whole-heartedly his love of music both in performance and in teaching fellow musicians. 
We at the DCMA are privileged to have known and worked with him and he will be sadly missed.