Mrisho Mpoto

Professional achievements, attributions, awards and recognitions

Mrisho Mpoto is an international artist based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania where he has his own theatre art company: Mpoto Theatre Gallery and music and film production studio. His Company is a sister company of Limelight Music in The UK and have many connections within Scotland, England and the USA. The organisation works with diverse artistic cultures producing new songs and films that aim to provide education to Africans; this includes music videos etc; designed to raise aids awareness, general health and environmental issues. Mrisho Mpoto is an experienced performer and writer with an international reputation. He is Africa’s number one Slam Poet and currently holds the title of third best in the entire world. Mrisho is a multi- award winning artist who is committed to developing the skills of young people in Africa so that they can find employment and engage in positive life choices.

Mrisho has worked at The Globe Theatre: London, The Tron Theatre: Glasgow, Macrobert Theatre: Stirling and The Russian Tanzanian Cultural Centre where he has performed works written by William Shakespeare, Forbes Masson, Gordon Dougall, Gerry Mulgrew and Farouk Topan. He is a well known artist with a massive public following in Tanzania and is a well respected arts ambassador for the country.

Mrisho’s music and poetry recently won him an award in Tanzania’ s annual music awards: Kilimanjaro Awards. In 2009, Mpoto continued emerging as one of the most prominent traditional artists in Tanzania and was named as one of the Zeze Award winners held at the Tanzania Art Institute (TaSUBa) in Bagamoyo. In the same year, his song NIKIPATA NAULI (literally If I get bus fare) became ‘song of the year’. In 2011, Mpoto received an invitation from the Sundance Institute East Africa to participate with other artists from around the world in a Sundance Institue scriptwriting ‘lab’: workshop, on developing a script of the book entitled “AFRICA KILLS HER SON” by Nigerian Nobel Prize winner Ken Sarowiwa. The script development workshop was held on Manda Island in Kenya.

Mpoto has performed a Swahili version of a play Merry Wives of Windsor written by William Shakespeare for The Globe Company and achieved five stars from The Guardian (UK) in 2012. www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk

He is currently working closely in educational programs; with the Ministry of health and social welfare (Tanzania), Ministry of Science and technology, Ministry of Education and vocational training, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institute and the British Council.

Ambassadorial appointees

  • D LIGHT – This was a campaign run by FEMINA HIP in collaboration with D-Light Company from the Netherlands, which aimed to promote safe lights; solar lights to vulnerable children in rural areas.
  • Kick the Ball not the Child with DHL, ZANTEL and FIFA
  • Dance 4 life with Student Partnership Worldwide (SPW) creating HIV/AIDS awareness to adolescents.
  • Support Education in Primary schools rural areas – With Plan International
  • Da Slam- Celebrating culture through the use of artistic poetry. The festival is inspired by the creative International Poetry Championship Festival – Slam la Cour, France.
  • Save the Children Everyone campaign – To promote women dignity.
  • RED CROSS Ambassador
  • ANSAF Ambassador – To promote agriculture in Tanzania.
  • SPW Ambassador

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