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In 1998, in Bagamoyo there was a special program by the multi-talented Vitalis Maembe and Members of Manyani-nani Arts group to teach children in Bagamoyo many arts such as dance, singing, drama and painting. The program worked with thirty children but as time went on, the number of these youngsters reduced. By 2003, they had remained about ten of them. Those who remained had their parents in Bagamoyo and also went to school in Bagamoyo.
Maembe decided to give a name to this group of ten, "Bagamoyo Spirits" he named them. He based this name on the fact that these young people really represented the culture of Bagamoyo. In 2006, one member decided to quit the group but at the same time, three others joined the group, making twelve members. To this day, eight out of the twelve are singers and dancers and the rest are painters and actors
Since 2006, Bagamoyo Spirits members have a leadership among themselves and pretty much manage their affairs as Maembe now remains as a teacher and a guardian among many other guardians such as Taasisi ya Sanaa na Utamaduni Bagamoyo (TaSUBa), Music Crossroads Tanzania, Manyani-nani group, and Individual persons. They also get to host volunteers who teach them particular things in arts.
The age of the group members range from sixteen years to twenty one years and most of them attend school in secondary. In their free time they go out and teach younger children what they have leant through the years. The mainly teach them music and dance. They have made several performances in Bagamoyo, Dar-es-salaam, Kibaha, Morogoro, Tanga, Arusha and Zanzibar. They have been participating in the Music Crossroads festivals since 2004 to 2008.
Bagamoyo spirits intends to continue performing and learning more from others and targeting to exploit more horizons. They are also determined to share their knowledge and experiences with the younger artists who will hopefully follow their footsteps.