HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYY TO THIS BEAUTIFUL SUCCESSFUL LADY, May all the dreams you wish for today become true and fulfiled. Youre a Sagittarius, very strong, ambitious and gifted to be a great leader. You are Intelligent and always allow things to go on the path you choose. You have a great sense of positivity and you never say No. I am very happy and i feel blessed to have a chance to work and be mentored by you.
He has evolved from a young child in the streets of Dar es Salaam, to a lyrical giant who sees nothing else than Work Ethic and Dedication as being the keys to success. After years of commitment and dedication to his craft, Wakazi is poised to become Tanzania’s leading Ambassador in Africa and in the Music World. His signature Blend of English and Swahili rhymes caused him to be dubbed the “Bilingual Beast”, but his ability to tell a story and clever use of wordplay and metaphors, seem to be his real Strength. His ability to create context for the listeners is unparalleled, and he credits that to his personal life experiences as well as his imaginative part of the brain, which is sometimes more vivid than life itself. Wakazi has set the platform with which his dreams could be fulfilled. The sky is the limit for this TZee Emcee.
Seif Kabelele: How are you?
Wakazi: I'm very good sir. I feel blessed, so it's a good thing, good feel. God is wonderful
Seif Kabelele: How did the video for 'SUMU YA PANYA ' come about? It has a very strong aesthetic.
Wakazi: Yeah I am very pleased with the way the video turned out. We wanted to capture Dar City in a way it has never been captured before with the day to day street hustle as well as the beauty of the city that also exhibits it's growth. Hefemi, the director, did a wonderful job. We shot it in Mnazi Mmoja, Kariakoo Shimoni and at Samora Avenue in downtown. We did early morning shoots and evening shoots. And it was nice for us to be able to include the actual Sumu ya Panya vendors in the video as well.
Seif Kabelele: How much input do you have into the video?
Wakazi: Normally everytime I work with hefemi, we treat the project as a collaborative creative work. I tell him what I have in mind, he creates his ideas from listening to the song, and the last process is to find a way to meet so the ideas can jell together. No matter how much of input I have on the video, he still dictates the final version since he has more knowledge on film, cinematography and effects so he knows what works best. But yeah I have a lot of influence in the creative process.
Seif Kabelele: So when you’re recording an album, do you approach it as if it could be your last? Every record should provide a fitting legacy...
Wakazi: Infact it is the other way around. I approach each project as if it's my first. That way, I can maintain the edge and urge of wanting to prove something to the masses. They say the first album of an artist is always the best, so I want to embody that throughout my career so that everytime I come with new material it can still feel like it's the first time which is pure, raw, fresh and groundbreaking.
Seif Kabelele: Do you feel exposed as an artist putting your emotions out there for people to dissect and experience?
Wakazi: To a certain degree yes you would feel exposed, but mind you, you really don't have to put all your emotions and feelings but rather control the level of personal life you give out. But on the other hand, as an artist you are mirroring the society so the emotions and feelings don't have to be personal but rather of someone you happen to know. It is necessary to express these Situations because through music people get healed, get redemption, find therapy and find closure. So as long as it is for the better of the community it's all good.
Seif Kabelele: Anyone you’d really like to collaborate with?
Wakazi: I have a list of artist both locally and internationally that I would love to work with. It's a very long list and hopefully someday I will accomplish it. There are some whom I am already in the process of working with but I can't reveal now. And to be honest I'm open to work with anybody who has the same values as me as far as the music is concerned and they value work ethic, they are dedicated and things of that nature. A dream collabo would be with people like Nas, Eminem, Wu Tang, Hashim Dogo, Chidinma, M.I, Kidum, Heather Headley, R Kelly, Enika, Bamboo, Antoneosoul, the list goes on....
Seif Kabelele: You’re quite outspoken on certain subjects alongside other artists like Fid Q, Professor Jay etc. and willing to stand up and say what you believe in? Is it an artistic responsibility?
Wakazi: Yes it is an artistic responsibility but also upbringing, social belief and personal preference all mixed together. We are the voices of the voiceless, we are the hope of the hopeless. We are the leaders although we are not elected nor appointed, which means we are the true leaders cause we assumed responsibilities unforced. The minute we lie to our people or we get scared to stand up for our people, it's the minute we as a community will start to die slowly. And knowing the power that we possess, it's mandatory to be socially responsible.
Seif Kabelele: Do you ever worry that the video becomes synonymous with the song? A track like 'TOUCH' I can’t hear that without seeing the video in my head.
Wakazi: As an artist one of our job if not the only job, is to create context with which the listeners can think and later create images and pictures that mirror the music. When we shoot visuals for the songs, we actually help you as a listener to get the picture we intended you to get. So it is not a worry but rather an accomplishment. And for the songs we don't shoot videos for, we are leaving your imagination to do the magic.
Seif Kabelele: When you were growing up, was music an important part of your life?
Wakazi: Music has been very important element in my life. Infact it has been so important to a point of me actually wanting to do nothing else but music, hence becoming an artist. Every childhood memory I can think off or remember is somehow some way related to music. Music marks time, and time is one of the basis of our whole existence. So you can imagine
Seif Kabelele: When you record do you keep it in mind how it will play out live?
Wakazi: It varies from record to record. There are certain songs that are meant to be played loud and some with low volume. Some songs are meant to be performed and some are to just be listened to so one can meditate through them. So yes I'm always aware of what I'm giving out and to whom I'm giving it to.
Seif Kabelele: Do you prefer playing large arena shows to small intimate ones?
Wakazi: That is a tricky situation. I can say it depends on what type on musical agenda I am pushing at that particular time. Intimate shows gives fans an opportunity to really dissect the music and gets to hear you well, while on the other hand if you can move the crowds, which is actually what an emcee is supposed to do, then you the man. There is no better feeling than hearing 60,000 plus people screaming you words!! That's the ultimate goal which shows that you are certified.
Seif Kabelele: Would you ever consider going into politics?
Well in my opinion we are already into politics so to speak. The music industry is full of politics that we are dealing with on a day to day basis. So to transition to a political career won't be much of a change as it will be just "same script different cast". As artists we do air out feeling and opinion on several matters and these issues so as politicians are addressed directly to the people so we as artist can influence and bring about change without being formal official leaders. But I don't know what the future holds and what is written for me in the future but I can't say I am aspiring to become a politician
PHOTOS: TALL AND BEAUTIFUL MISS UNIVERSE TANZANIA 2014-CAROLYNE BERNARD @ THE SWAHILI FASHION WEEK 2014
20 Years Old Carolyne Catwalking for AFRIKANUS collection @ SWAHILI FASHION WEEK 2014. Swahili Fashion Week is THE biggest and largest annual fashion event in the whole of East and Central Africa providing platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and beyond to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clientele and the international fashion industry.
Wearing Jamila Vera Swai
Wearing KHANGA from Legendary Fashion Designer Asya Idarous
Wearing the MABINTI Centre
PHOTO CREDIT: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo
NIGERIAN GUYS ARE COMPLAINING BUT THEY DO NOT REMEMBER THAT THEY HAVE BEEN WINNING FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS IN A ROW AND NO ONE COMPLAINED, THIS IS EVERYONE’S SHOW, YOU CAN NOT ALWAYS BE A WINNER, JUST ADMIT THAT IDRIS WON THE BBA. WHEN YOU LOSE, LEARN TO APPRECIATE DEFEAT, YOU DON’T GET TO WIN ALL THE TIME. ( ISHEGUN DA PUPO, SUGBON ATI SHUBU JE INIRA )
Y’all must remember this, >> it was just how you show your character to the world and if you pleased us honestly you get it. Lets go back to the scene and reveal the negativity and positive of our contestants. Tayo, yes of course he showed his abilities but he did not read the probability beyond the house!!!! he seems to have walked away with the first prize prior to the finale. The winner Idris he has everything that the continent liked, discipline, joyous etc…
.....ISHEGUN DA PUPO, SUGBON ATI SHUBU JE INIRA.....
SEIF KABELELE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TANZANIA’S BIG BROTHER REPRESENTATIVE IDRIS SULTAN WHO WON THIS YEAR’S 2014 BIG BROTHER AFRICA
Idriss Sultan: I believe I was just human and being myself, so people saw that and they could relate. I wasn’t acting or fake so I guess they saw it and then decided to vote for me.
Seif Kabelele: Did you have a strategy?
Idriss Sultan: No, I went in to have fun and to be my true self. The only thing I did – I don’t know if you’d call it a strategy – I resorted to playing mind games. I enjoyed playing mind games.
Seif Kabelele: Who did you think your biggest competitor was?
Idriss Sultan : Everybody, everybody was strong
Seif Kabelele: Who did you think was going to win – you must have thought about it?
Idriss Sultan: For me, I said it could be anybody – you know what, I thought: “So long as I’m at the Finale,” – that was my target
Seif Kabelele: Did you at any point believe you would win?
Idriss Sultan: I was motivated to win yes, but I didn’t downright think I would win. I thought I would definately make the top 5 though so I pushed for that. I am glad I won. And its thanks not only to my home country Tanzania but Africa.
Seif Kabelele: Looking from the outside you guys have a great time in that house. What was the most challenging thing being in the house?
Idriss Sultan: It was being in the same space all the time with the same people. Outside the house when we are living we can sometimes take a break from seeing people but for me being in the house and consistentky being with the same people was an adjustment.
Seif Kabelele: What are you gonna do with the cash?
Idriss Sultan: I don’t know yet. My head’s still up in the clouds, I haven’t thought about exactly what I’m going to do – when I get home I’m going to talk to my family, pray and everything… come back down to earth.
Seif Kabelele: I always wonder with reality shows – when you get handed that giant-size cheque for show, you obviously can’t really deposit it but are you gonna actually see it going into your bank account? Will you be sitting at your computer logged into your internet banking to watch the cash go in – like they do in the movies?
Idriss Sultan: *laughs* Probably, probably and be saying “Okay – balance, okay – balance.” It hasn’t only been about the money for me, it’s been about proving a point.
Seif Kabelele: What was the biggest stress of the time?
Idriss Sultan : I guess towards the end of the game, just saying: “Could this be over?” because most of the people have left, and you really feel like you’re in competition.
Seif Kabelele: What’s going to be the best thing about having so much money?
Idriss Sultan : I’m going to be secure now, I won’t have to think about surviving – I’ve been given a great opportunity, a great gift and I’m not going to waste it. I can have a home, I can be comfortable, I don’t have to worry, grovel or whatever.
THE HOUSE’S BAD BOY AND MR LOVER TANZANIA’S BIG BROTHER REPRESENTATIVE IDRIS SULTAN WON THIS YEAR’S BIG BROTHER AFRICA $300,000, BECOMING THE SECOND TANZANIAN TO CLAIM THE BBA MONEY AFTER RICHARD BEZUIDENHOUT WHO WON THE 2007 EDITION
Tanzanian 21-year old Big Brother Hotshots representative Idris has been declared the winner of the ninth season of the reality TV show after 63 days in Biggie’s space. The youthful comic and aspiring actor managed to beat off stiff competition from Tayo, another Hotshot who had made the final two list but as it turns out, Idris’ lucky star shone brighter than his thus coming out on tops lastnight. His win was proceded by evictions of Butterphly, Ma’m Bea, Sipe, JJ, Nhlanhla and Macky2. After Idris together with Tayo were declared the final two, Biggie called them to the Diary room where they’d their very last Diary as Hotshots final two during which Biggie wished them the very best of luck and urged them to continue playing their game even on the outside. Shortly after leaving the Diary room, they were Chauffeur driven in a Limo to the Live Show stage and had a red carpet walk greeting fans and invited guests. Host IK had a chat with the duo before going on to call out Idris’ name as the winner of Big Brother Hotshots! He jumped up in excitement and went on the floor before being congratulated by Tayo, the 6 first evictees of the day and then the rest of the ex-Hotshots joined in the celebrations thereafter.
Huge congratulations to Idris, one lucky lad there!...
THANK YOU RWANDA DAILY FOR SHOWING SOME LOVE TO OUR TZ BOY IDRISS,>>> HUGS FROM TANZANIA, THIS WEEK PLEASE SAME DRILL, NAMIBIA, UGANDA, TANZANIA, KENYA, RWANDA. VOTE WITHOUT SENTIMENTS, VOTE IDRISS THE REAL DEAL #BBA2014HOTSHOTS.
Idris has shown more maturity than most housemates. Kacey Moore attacked him unnecessarily but he handled well, he has been cool about each housemate! About the Goitse and Ella issue he was just confused, like anyone of us can be at times! He is just human and real! So please people vote for Idris, he is just a humble guy!!
ACTRESS ALEXANDRA SHIPP HAS CLAPPED BACK AT THE 'RIDICULOUS' BACKLASH SHE HAS RECEIVED SINCE SIGNING ON TO PLAY LATE SINGER AALIYAH IN LIFETIME'S AALIYAH: PRINCESS OF R&B
Actress Alexandra Shipp has clapped back at the "ridiculous" backlash she has received since signing on to play late singer Aaliyah in Lifetime's Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B. Alexandra Shipp Talked 'Backlash' Before Aaliyah Biopic Aired 'I Was Hired To Do A Job' Shipp told Time magazine just before the movie premiered last month, that she noticed the criticism the original lead actress Zendaya Coleman experienced. Coleman ended up stepping down from role, which resulted in Shipp joining the cast. Actress Teyana Taylor Says Aaliyah Film Not 'Being Done Right' Made Her 'Want No Parts In It' "It was kind of ridiculous. Once I got offered it, I wondered if that was going to happen to me. But then I read the script and talked with the producers and talked about how they wanted to make this movie great. I had to put all that stuff aside." Shipp added that she turned a blind eye to anyone who was against the production. "I deleted Twitter off my phone. I deleted Instagram. And I just did my job." Still, Shipp went on to say that she "loved" the backlash that took place before the biopic premiered. "Because then they're going to see it and they're going to have to admit that they were wrong." As far as what she has to say for those against the film, Shipp confessed she does not really have a message for them. "I worked really hard on this film and I'm confident in a product that everyone worked so hard to put out. And there's always going to be a critic. All I can say to that is, 'Thank you for watching.'"
IDRIS FOR THE MONEY !! THIS IS OUR ONLY CHANCE EAST AFRICA, THE BOY PLAYED HIS GAME WELL!! ! PLEASE UGANDA, RWANDA, MOZAMBIQUE, KENYA ‘N’ TANZANIA! THE BOY HAS DONE HIS PART!! ITS ALL IN OUR HANDS NOW!!! IM GIVING HIM MY REMAINING 100 VOTES!!
SEIF KABELELE CHIT CHAT WITH CASSPER NYOVEST- SOUTH AFRICAN RECORDING ARTIST AND RECORD PRODUCER-( BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR @ CHANNEL O MUSIC AWARDS 2014 )
"A thank you to everybody who let me squat at their houses when I started out with this dream," Cassper Nyovest said in his acceptance speech for best music video as the final award of the night....
"I used to stay at my friends' houses all the time. A shout-out to my parents for supporting me in my dream. My parents are teachers, and they allowed me to drop put of school to rap. A big shout-out to Jesus Christ. I really pray. I hope all the kids at home can see what prayer does. A shout-out to all the haters. And a shout-out to Channel O," said Nyovest.
Seif Kabelele: So tell us what inspired or drove you towards the Hip hop scene?
Cassper: I am actually a Motswako artist like HHP and Khuli Chana. We are just considered hip hop cause we rap. We take elements from other genres and styles of music and fuse it, hip hip is one of them. Hip hop is a place of expression and that's what drove me towards the culture. I have a lot of stories to tell.
Seif Kabelele: Looking back at career decisions you've made and some that you've passed up, is there anything about your journey that you would change or perhaps regret?
Cassper: Nope. I'm good
Seif Kabelele: How true are the rumours that you stopped in Grade 11 at High School & You were ontop of ur class. Why did you decide to drop out, just when u about to finish school (if that was true) ?
Cassper: Very true. I dropped out to chase my dream which is what I am still doing.
Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa featured Casper Nyovest, AKA, KO, TBO, Touch, DJ Zinhle, DJ Sbu, Uhuru, Shimza, Mo Flava, and DJ Bobstar, with a special appreance by Davido Ice Prince Yuri as performers
The legendary figure in the South African kwaito, house music had a massive party at Joburg at Taboo featuring the best of the country's afro-house talent. The party was dubbed the official Channel O Awards After Party. He had also won a Channel O award for Most Gifted Kwaito together with Uhuru and Professor for the hit ‘Y-Tjukutja’ on the night. Oskido was honoured with a Special Recognition Award at the 9th Channel O Video Music Awards in 2012 for his contribution in the development of South African music scene. He is currently working as one of the three judges on the massive talent show X Factor South Africa.
DJ Oskido and DJ Zinhle
FROM NIGERIA,- ICE PRINCE, OSAS IGHODARO, IYANYA AND FLAVIA FROM UGANDA TO HOST THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA 2014
Africa’s biggest youth event, Awards Africa (TFAA) 2014 has announced the hosts for its 2014 edition: they are 2014 nominee Iyanya; 2013 BET International African Act of the , Ice Prince; lead actress on MNET’s Tinsel, Osas Ighodaro and Ugandan Channel O VJ, Flavia Tumisiime. The hosts represent the brightest and best of young Africans in the arts from music , in the past year. They have been announced with an exclusive photo-shoot anchored by TCD Photography.
“Young Africans are no longer spectators in our fate and the awe-inspiring selection of them that The Future Awards Africa celebrates points to this,” said Flavia, who last year hosted the live premiere of the continent’s foremost reality show, Big Brother Star Game alongside its star host, IK. “Of course, I had to be part of the exclusive evening that rewards their creativity, innovation, . I know I will be inspired!”
The Future Awards Africa 2014 will be broadcast live, primetime, on perennially , Channels Television – from 7.30 – 9.30pm. The black-tie event holds on Sunday, 7 December at the Intercontinental Hotels in, Nigeria. It is strictly by invitation.
For Osas Ighodaro: Dresses by Jewellery: .
Make-Up: Adepeju Okanlawon for
The Future Awards Africa 2014 is headlined by Vitafoam and presented in partnership with Microsoft, the Lagos Internal Revenue Service and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Official Media Partners are EbonyLife TV, AfricaMagic, Ventures Africa, and Y! Africa. Official Online Partners are MemeBurn, BellaNaija and 360nobs.The official bloggers for 2014 are LindaIkeji, Omojuwa, LadunLiadi, Olorisupergal, Ameyaw, NigeriaNewsDesk and GidiTraffic. Country partners are The Trent, Information Nigeria, News Wire Nigeria, SabiNews, GHJOY and Pulse.ng. Buzz Partners are Style Vitae, StyleMeAfrica, Fashpa.com & FAP.
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Lady Jaydee has released her new single tittled "forever" featuring Dabo. This will be the first release after a somewhat long hiatus from the scene. This following Friday of November 28th will be the official launch of the video, and will take place at. M.O.G Bar & Restaurant. The song was produced by non other than Man Water of Combination Sounds, while the video was shot on location in Johannesburg,SA under the direction of Adam Juma of Next Level.
WONDERFUL TRIP TO ZANZIBAR,>> TANZANIA BOASTS PLENTIFUL WILDLIFE AND AMAZING LANDSCAPES; YET THE ISLAND OF ZANZIBAR IS OFTEN FORGOTTEN.
Tanzania boasts plentiful wildlife and amazing landscapes; yet the island of Zanzibar is often forgotten. On wonders of Tanzania, you’ll explore the country in thorough, from Arusha to the dramatic Ngorongoro crater, and from Tarangire to the Serengeti and a journey’s end on the beaches of Zanzibar. Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator.
Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterised by beautiful sandy with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Zanzibar has lured traders, adventurers, plunderers and explorers to its shores for centuries...The Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English have all been here at one time or another. Some, particularly the Shirazi Persians and Omani Arabs, stayed to settle and rule. With this influence, Zanzibar has become predominantly Islamic (97%) - the remaining 3% is made up of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. The earliest visitors to Zanzibar were Arab traders who are said to have arrived in the 8th century. The earliest building that remains on Zanzibar is the mosque at Kizimkazi which dates from 1107, and is a present-day tourist attraction.For centuries the Arabs sailed with the Monsoon winds from Oman to trade primarily in ivory, slaves and spices. The two main islands, Unguja (normally known as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba, provided an ideal base for the Omani Arabs, being relatively small, and therefore fairly easy to defend. From here it was possible for them to control 1,000 miles of the mainland coast from present day Mozambique to Somalia. Indeed, in 1832, Sultan Seyyid Said, of the Busaid Dynasty that had emerged in Oman, moved his Sultanate from Muscat, which was perhaps more difficult to protect, to Zanzibar where he and his descendants ruled for over 130 years. Most of the wealth lay in the hands of the Arab community, who were the main landowners, kept themselves to themselves, and generally did not intermarry with the Africans.
This was not true of the Shirazi Persians who came from the Middle East to settle on the East African coast. The story goes that in AD 975, Abi Ben Sultan Hasan of Shiraz in Persia (now Iran) had a terrible nightmare in which a rat devoured the foundations of his house. He took this as an omen that his community was to be devastated. Others in the Shiraz Court ridiculed the notion, but Sultan Hasan, his family and some followers obviously took it very seriously because they decided to migrate. They set out in seven dhows into the Indian Ocean but were caught in a huge storm and separated. Thus, landfalls were made at seven different places along the East African coast, one of which was Zanzibar, and settlements began.Widespread intermarriage between Shirazis and Africans gave rise to a coastal community with distinctive features, and a language derived in part from Arabic, which became known as Swahili. The name Swahili comes from the Arab word sawahil which means 'coast'. The Zanzibar descendants of this group were not greatly involved in the lucrative slave, spice and ivory trades. Instead, they immersed themselves mainly in agriculture and fishing. Those Shirazis that did not intermarry retained their identity as a separate group.Two smaller communities were also established. Indian traders arrived in connection with the spice and ivory trade, and quickly settled as shopkeepers, traders, skilled artisans, and professionals. The British became involved in missionary and trading activities in East Africa, and attempting to suppress the slave trade centred in Zanzibar.
ON MY WAY TO PRISON ISLAND:
Zanzibar Prison Island Tour-from Stone Town, you can board a local dhow and head towards prison island, also known as Chumbe island, famous for its prison and giant tortoises
Posing with Monique and 189 Years Tortoise @ Prison Island in Zanzibar
ALSO VISITED JOZANI FOREST
The Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home to the rare Red Colobus Monkey (pictured opposite), which is endemic to Zanzibar. These monkeys are full of character, and roam freely. They can also be seen at very close quarters just outside the reserve's perimeter and are incredibly photogenic. Jozani is home to other species including Syke's monkey's, small buck and bushpigs. The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night - perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day?! Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.
Fishing and agriculture are the main economic activities of the local people. Zanzibar was once the world's largest producer of cloves, and her economy was based on large incomes thus derived. Although cloves are still a major export along with coconut products and spices, tourism has been ear-marked as the primary foreign exchange earner, with more visitors coming to Zanzibar each year. At this stage, the numbers are still low (less than 100,000 annually) and the potential for tourism is relatively untapped. Zanzibar's tourism private sector is represented by the .
PEOPLE, RELIGION AND LANGUAGE:
Zanzibar's local people are an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds, indicative of her colourful history. Islam is the dominant religion, and practiced by most Zanzibaris, although there are also followers of Christianity and Hinduism. Population is estimated at 800,000, with the largest concentration being Zanzibar City which has approximately 100,000 inhabitants. Zanzibaris speak (known locally as Kiswahili), a language which is spoken extensively in East Africa. Many believe that the purest form is spoken in Zanzibar as it is the birth place of the language.
DID YOU KNOW?
-The people of Zanzibar are known as Zanzibaris and their native language is Kiswahili, commonly known internationally as .
-Zanzibar used to be the world's largest producer of cloves, and its was heavily influenced by the this activity.
-Zanzibar's are fringed by an abundance of coconut palms. Unlike most tourists, the local people see these trees as more than aesthetically pleasing flora! Nothing goes to waste, and apart from the famous nut, the coconut palm yields an impressive variety of products, among them materials for weaving, building, eating and drinking. The roofs of many houses in Zanzibar (particularly in rural areas) are constructed using makuti palm thatching, made from palm leaves. Its many uses makes the coconut palm one of the most versatile of all plants.
-The late Freddie Mercury, who was lead singer and front man for the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar on 5 September 1946. His name then was Farouk Bulsara, and his father was an accountant working for the British government in the House of Wonders in Zanzibar Town. His family had emigrated to Zanzibar from India but were originally of Persian extraction.
-The rare Kirk's Red Colobus monkey is only found in Zanzibar, predominantly in Jozani Forest. More on this in .
-Zanzibar had the first steam locomotive in East Africa. A tiny two foot gauge engine to haul the Sultan to and fro from his summer palace in the 1880's. Zanzibar also boasted a seven mile railway to Bububu, built in 1905, which became notorious for setting the countryside alight.
has been designated one of the world's few heritage sites by the United Nations.
-The Shortest War in History was fought in Zanzibar in 1896. On 25 August, Sultan Hamid bin Thuwaini died, and two hours later, an usurper broke into the Palace and declared himself ruler. In a show of Victorian Gunboat Diplomacy, the Royal Navy was asked to evict him. At precisely 9 o' clock on the 27th, three warships opened fire and in 45 minutes reduced the Palace to rubble, and deposed the usurper. The bombardment has since been called the "Shortest War in History" as verified by the Guinness Book of Records.
-At last count, there were 560 carved doors in Zanzibar. The oldest door discovered in Zanzibar is dated AD 1694. When a house was built in Zanzibar, the door was traditionally the first part to be erected. The greater the wealth and social position of the owner of the house, the larger and more elaborately carved his front door. Many doors are studded with brass spikes. This may be a modification of the Indian practice of studding doors with sharp spikes of iron to prevent their being battered in by war elephants. In 915 AD, an Arab traveller recorded that Zanzibar island abounded in elephants, and around 1295 Marco Polo wrote that Zanzibar had 'elephants in plenty'. However, there are no elephants here now, and the brass studs seen today are purely for decoration!
It's a really safe and beautiful place. The people are kind and the government is progressive. I like that moment of sunset when the land glows an iridescent orange-yellow. You hear the muezzins, the people at the mosques who call for prayer. Their calls form a chain reaction across the town, in every village and hamlet. Once the sun is down, we wander out to the sugar-cane-juice vendors and drink till we have our fill.