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Songs Of Praise For The CCM Since Julius Nyerere's Presidency (1985–1995)

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As Tanzania sank deeper into debt because of the Kagera war with Amin, Julius Nyerere found himself increasingly at odds with his stated socialist ideals. During the Ali Hassan Mwinyi years, government-sponsored songwriting focused on campaigns like reforestation, eradication of the tsetse fly, and radio spots featuring development issues such as health, water, and roads. Government-sponsored Sukuma dance competitions during this period continued to be judged in a democratic fashion. Song from this period congratulate Nyerere for his hard work in leading the nation, encourage Mwinyi to follow in the footsteps of Nyerere, congratulate the government for opening the political dialog to a multiparty system, while at the same time calling the desire to abandon the CCM a dangerous and unnecessary move.

Keywords: Ali Hassan Mwinyi; CCM; Julius Nyerere



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