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.