Abeneko is the founder of ASEDEVA together with Shabani Rashid (Mugado) and the overall director of ASEDEVA. Abeneko is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Considered one of the stars of a new generation of Tanzanian performers, Abeneko is known for his work on stage as a dancer, in front of the camera acting, with his guitar as a musician, or behind the curtains as a choreographer and event coordinator. With a focus on dance, music and theater, he is motivated by the power of performance art to express (and criticize) contemporary issues – e.g. cultural diversity, politics, economy – for public education and entertainment.
As a proud ambassador for East African culture and music, Isack has participated in cultural exchanges and training programmes in Tanzania, collaborating with influential artists from the local and international dance scene. He has also performed abroad with internationally acclaimed dance companies, such as Mouvoir, Man Copy, Flinn Works, Lumumba Theatre, Mionzi Dance Theatre, Visa2Dance, Fusso dance project, Tuchangamke, Nora Chipaumire and tours regularly throughout Africa, Europe, North-America and Asia. He has also worked with influential artists and choreographers, such as Stephanie Thiersch, Germaine Acogny, David Zambrano, Nora Chipaumire, Musa Hlatshwayo, Opiyo Okach, Kefa Oiro, Patrick Acogny, Vanessa Tamburi and Aloyce Makonde.
The performing arts is Mugado’s big passion. His passion for arts started early, when he already in primary school started to learn Tanzanian traditional dances at Lumumba Primary School in Dar es Salaam. Until now he has continuously been improving his music and dance skills through workshops and courses conducted by both national and international musicians, dancers and choreographers. His very improved skills in both performing dance and music, but also in choreographing dance and composing and arranging music, made him feel needed in society
That is why he in 2010, together with Isack Abeneko founded ASEDEVA to contribute to positive development through arts. It makes him feel as a valuable contributor to the society as a whole when he through both ASEDEVA but also through other programs conducts music and dance workshops in varying places such as public schools, the refugee camp in Kigoma etc.
Apart from co-founding ASEDEVA, Mugado already in 2000 founded Lumumba Theatre together with peers from his primary school (hence the name). Up until today, he is a key member of Lumumba Theatre and has produced many music, dance and theatre productions, also with groups such as Zemkala Band, Segere Original, Bongo Beat and Wika Band. Apart from this he participated in various international projects in countries in East Africa, Europe and Asia. Last but not least, Mugado has composed and directed the music of the two big theatre productions: Sauti Yetu and Jumping Village.
Acley Mwalusamba originates from Tanzania and he started working as a stage technician and light designer since 1998,
Acley went to different primary and secondary schools and colleges. He has also attended different trainings in light designing both inside country and abroad. As a light designer in Tanzania he has worked with different musicians, drummers, film makers and both dancers tradition and modern without forgetting artists of international levels. Acley has worked in different major Festivals to mention a few like Visa 2 Dance, Time 2 dance festivals, Bagamoyo festival, Sauti za Busara Festival, House of cultural, Nafasi Art space, e.t.c. for the international level already worked with Sweden, United kingdom, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda.