The musical and dramatic output, largely state-sponsored, peaked during the presidency of Julius Nyerere. In the aftermath of colonialism, the "Father of the Nation" made it his duty to engineer a cohesive whole from the many disparate tribal communities.
Radio proved a vital tool when it came to nation building. Its reach and availability far surpassed television at the time, and everything from political speeches to kitchen sink dramas were broadcast across the country.
Project co-founder and director Rebecca Corey first visited Tanzania in 2007 and enrolled at the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009. After periods at businesses and NGOs, she began her involvement preserving the nation's radio archives.
Chief archivist at Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Bruno (right) can make a CD copy of any reel for $8.
Each reel, detailed with track listings and in some cases accompanying dance steps, is under threat from the heat and humidity of Tanzania's capital, whilst dust, mold and insects are all potential problems.
The Tanzanian Broadcast Corporation's radio station was part of Nyerere's socialist philosophy called "ujamaa" -- socialism in Swahili. It was intended to incubate national talent and augment Tanzania's cultural identity.