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Culture Of Tanzania

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Tanzanian music comprises traditional African music, string-based taarab, and bongo flava, a unique hip hop style. Abbasi Mzee, Culture Musical Club, and Shakila of Black Star Musical Group are all well-known taarab singers. Bi Kidude, Hukwe Zawose, Diamond Platnumz, Ally Kiba, and Tatu Nane are some of the most well-known traditional artists in the world. Tanzanian rumba music is known as muziki wa dansi (or “dance music”), and notable performers include Simba Wanyika, Remmy Ongala, and Orchestra Makassy. Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born in Tanzania.


Tanzania has a mainly oral literary tradition. Folktales, poetry, riddles, proverbs, and songs are all examples of oral literary genres. Despite the fact that each of Tanzania’s languages has its own oral history, Swahili accounts for the majority of the country’s documented oral literature. Because of the collapse of the multigenerational social structure, which makes transmission of oral literature more difficult, and because growing modernity has been accompanied by a devaluation of oral literature, the country’s oral literature has been decreasing.

Tanzania’s written literary heritage is still in its infancy. Tanzanians do not have a long-standing reading culture, and books are often costly and scarce. Tanzanian literature is mostly written in Swahili or English. Shaaban Robert (considered the father of Swahili literature), Muhammed Saley Farsy, Faraji Katalambulla, Adam Shafi Adam, Muhammed Said Abdalla, Said Ahmed Mohammed Khamis, Mohamed Suleiman Mohamed, Eulahabi, Gabriel Ruhumbika, Ebrahim Hussein, May Materru Balisidya, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Penina O. Mlama are all notable figures.

Painting and sculpture

There have historically been few possibilities in Tanzania for traditional European art instruction, and many ambitious Tanzanian artists have left the nation to pursue their dreams. George Lilanga, one of Africa’s most well-known musicians, was born in Tanzania.

Tanzania has two distinct art forms that have gained worldwide acclaim. Edward Said Tingatinga created the Tingatinga style of painting, which consists of brilliantly colored enamel paintings on canvas portraying people, animals, or everyday life. Tingatinga’s style was copied and refined by other artists after his death in 1972, and it is currently the most popular tourist-oriented style in East Africa. Makonde is a sculptural style as well as a tribe in Tanzania and Mozambique. It’s famous for its tall Ujamaas (Life Trees) constructed of the hard, black ebony tree.


Ugali is a popular meal in Tanzania, as well as other areas of eastern Africa. It’s typically made of maize and has a consistency that’s comparable to a stiff paste or porridge, earning it the nickname corn meal porridge. Ugali is made from a mixture of cassava and millet flours. Cooked green bananas and rice are other essential basics. Beef, goat meat, beans, yoghurt, a variety of seafood, and green leafy vegetables all contribute to the nutritional value of the meals.


Football is very popular in the United States. Young Africans F.C. and Simba S.C. are the most popular professional football teams in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s football regulating body is the Tanzania Football Federation.

Netball, boxing, volleyball, athletics, and rugby are all prominent sports.

Tanzania participates in the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, All-Africa Games, Africa Cup of Nations, CAF Champions League, African Women’s Football Championship, CAF Confederation Cup, and African Athletics Championships. Hasheem Thabeet, Mbwana Samatta, and Filbert Bayi are some of Tanzania’s most well-known athletes.

How To Travel To Tanzania

By plane Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA: DAR) in Dar es Salaam (formerly known as Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and Dar es Salaam International Airport) and Kilimanjaro International Airport  (IATA: JRO) in Kilimanjaro, which is halfway between Arusha and Moshi, are the two major airports. Tanzania is served Internationally from: Europe  KLM Royal...

How To Travel Around Tanzania

In Tanzania, the bus is the most prevalent mode of transportation. Although first-class air-conditioned buses are available on the Dar-Moshi-Arusha route, most vehicles have a basic design and the roads are bad (Dar Express - ticket office on Libya Street downtown or office no. 45 at Ubungo). Dar es...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Tanzania

Citizens of Namibia, Romania, Rwanda, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and other Commonwealth member nations do not need a visa for visits of less than three months (except the United Kingdom, Canada, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Nigeria, India & South Africa). A three-month single entrance Tourist Visa costs $50 and a three-month...

Destinations in Tanzania

Cities in Tanzania DodomaArushaDar es SalaamKigomaMbeyaMoshiMorogoroMwanzaMtwara Other destinations in Tanzania Arusha National ParkMount Meru - Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano in Tanzania, situated 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro.Mikumi National ParkMount Kilimanjaro - The world's tallest freestanding mountain and Africa's highest peak. It is possible to climb...

Things To See in Tanzania

Tanzania has wonderful national parks where you may view some of Africa's most beautiful flora and wildlife. Several national parks and wildlife reserves may be found in Tanzania. The Northern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, and Tarangire) and the Southern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, and Tarangire) are the two types...

Things To Do In Tanzania

For people interested in seeing Tanzania's wildlife, there are many National Parks to choose from. You can get in for about $100 US and get a tour (as well as perhaps a night's lodging). The best parks, while being overrun with visitors, are located in the country's north. The...

Money & Shopping in Tanzania

Currency Tanzania's national currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH, /=). There are five bills and six coins: The denominations are 10000 (Red), 5000 (Violet), 2000 (Brown), 1000 (Blue), and 500 (Green).Coins in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5 dollars.The size and color of notes and coins differ. The...

Food & Drinks in Tanzania

Food in Tanzania Produce is often of excellent quality. Meat and milk may be challenging for western palates and diets, so make sure any meat is well cooked. You won't have any problems at hotels, but if you go to a small town, be sure to filter or boil all...

Internet & Communications in Tanzania

In Tanzania, staying in contact while traveling is seldom an issue. Even in certain national parks, you can obtain good cell phone coverage. Telephone calls Tanzania's state-owned telecom, "Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd" (TTCL), operates all pay phones and landlines in the country. Telephone fixed-lines, like in other developing nations, are out...

Language & Phrasebook in Tanzania

Tanzania's official languages are Swahili and English. Swahili, on the other hand, is the most widely spoken language in the country, with English used mostly in business and higher education. Individual ethnic groups speak over 100 distinct languages, but Swahili is nearly widely spoken across the nation. Time of Day This...

Traditions & Customs in Tanzania

Tourists should dress modestly or conservatively in general, particularly in Zanzibar, which is a strict Muslim country. Clothing that exposes too much flesh should be avoided by Western ladies. Brightly colored wrap-around cloths known as 'Kangas' are inexpensive, widely available, and may be used as a covert covering. The Masai...

History Of Tanzania

Pre-colonial The Hadza and Sandawe hunter-gatherers of Tanzania are believed to be the indigenous inhabitants of eastern Africa. Southern Cushitic speakers, who are descended from the Iraqw, Gorowa, and Burunge, were the first to migrate south from Ethiopia into Tanzania. According to linguistic evidence, there may have been two waves of...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Tanzania

Stay Safe in Tanzania Theft In Arusha, Stone Town (Zanzibar), and Dar es Salaam, like in many poor countries, care should always be used, especially in tourist areas. Foreigners are often targeted by violent crime, especially those who travel alone at night, which is not advised. Con artists and pickpockets are...



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