The project’s focus was development and building up professional competence in the field of modern music. Modern music in Tanzania includes all music that is not traditional Tanzanian music. It means that Western music, jazz, classical, brass music etc. are all covered in terms of modern music.
BCA also focused on building “something new from the old”. It is important to preserve the traditional music, but it is equally important to be able to work in a creative process and develop new Tanzanian music built on Tanzania’s on culture and traditions, instead of just copying music from different parts of the world.
Very early in the project it was noticed that to make lasting changes in the departments, it needed to be linked to organizational development at the institution.
In the beginning of the project the focus was to a large extent on the aid aspect. It slowly changed into a more equal development co-operation. The project has clearly had ripple effects for the Norwegian institutions. The global perspective and internationalization have been given more and more attention. Co-operation across departmental borders, new thinking about own activities and desire to gain knowledge about the ways in which others work was more often expressed. The personnel and management in the institutions started to formulate concrete wishes for what they would like to gain from the project, and the project changed from being an aid project to being a cooperation project.