”It was full of good people who support each other on a good cause for Africa”
Light of Africa – Tu Nokwe
A special Welcome- Tanzania,Tanzania
In Tanzana 2000 ft on Uruguru Mountain in Morogoro where our South African exiles found a home
Africa, the second largest landmass on Mother Earth has an abundance of ethnic and cultural groups. Food from the motherland of Africa is diverse and filled with delightful flavors. Unique recipes are rooted in traditions passed on from one generation to the next. And in turn, food was used for life lessons.
Amharic Proverb:The same way porridge benefits those that heat and eat it, a child benefits all those that rear it.
A forest not only hides the enemies of man but has many healing medicines and food.
Kuria Proverb: One person is like thin porridge, two or more are an ugali lump.
Africa Proverb: If you count the food that you swallowed you will never be satisfied.
Egyptian Proverb: Women, wine, and food make happy hearts.
Bayome Proverb: Food that is in the mouth is not yet in the belly.
He that eats food of another will get his food eaten by others.
Food that is gained with corruption may taste sweet, but ends up as gravel in the mouth.
Xhosa Proverb: No partridge ever scratches the ground searching for food for another.
Ghanaian Proverb: A grasshopper close to his mother always eats the best food.
Malagasy Proverb: Do not add another mouthful before you have swallowed what is already in the mouth
Zimbabwean Proverb: You cannot say to a child that is child that you provided food the day before.
Kikuyu Proverb: Rich people east some bad food sometimes.
Congolese Proverb: A man that is impotent does not eat spiced food.
African Proverb: Always know what is being cooked in the kitchen or you could end up eating a food that is forbidden.
Ghanaian Proverb: A healthy person begging for food is an insult to any generous farmers.
Angolan Proverb: A single spoon of foos has more value when there is abundance of available food.
The mouth can be stupid forgetting who gave the food after it is eaten.
Acholi Proverb: A dog know places he throws his food.
If one eats alone you cannot discuss taste with others.
Ibo Proverb: Words can be sweet but do not replace food.
Yoruba Proverb: A man that has bread for eating cannot grasp the severety famine imposes.
He that does not clean his mouth before having breakfast will always complain of sour food.
Kikuyu Proverb: When food is cooked , there is no need to wait before eating.
Hausa Proverb: Man is just like pepper ,until you chew it, you never know how hot it is.
Igbo Proverb: Noo ne can get a food mouthful by picking others teeth.
Ewe proverb: It is not the fault of the cook when cassava is tastelss and hard.
Mauritius Proverb: If you watch your pot,the food will not burn.
Malagasy Proverb: No matter how little food we have, even if just one locust, we share it.
Ethiopian Proverb:Eat when the food is ready, speak when time is right.
Zambian Proverb: When your lose luck,even the food that is cold burns.
Malagasy Proverb: Good words are hearty food, bad words are poisonous.
Feel, Taste and Hear Africa- #ExploreMotherlandAfrica
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However little food we have, we'll share it even if it's only one locust. -- Madagascar Proverb
Daily life on the island of Madagascar is about food. It is the centre of conversation activity and rhythm.
Preparing food is a lengthy communal affair. Food in Madagascar is about sharing, and the Malagasy love to share. Cuisine from Madagascar is delicious but uncomplicated. Basic ingredients and equipment. There is never ‘nothing to eat ‘ as a meal can easily be rustled up from a few ingredients.
Nothing gets wasted. Food is valuable and appreciated and takes up seventy percent of household incomes and meals are prepared lovingly. Food is still in natural forms and cooked over open-wood charcoal.
Karibu (Welcome) to Malagasy style meals Madagascar cuisine has an interesting blend of influences from the French, African,Indian and Arabic cultures. The staple is gigantic servings of rice. Typical flavors are generous ginger,garlic,onion vanilla,curry powder,lime juice and local vegetables.
An acquired Malagasy taste, it is a type of tea made with burnt rice. The bottom of rice pots is mixed in water to create an interesting refreshment.
This traditional Madagascar dish was part of a feast during the Merina Royal festival. It is eaten at homes and restaurants all over the country.
The dish is a serving of Bambara groundnuts with chopped pork served with rice.
This dessert is made from honey, banana, and peanuts and then wrapped in banana leaves and can be found anywhere as street food.
A common dish serves to complement main dishes. It is a mixture of cabbage, green beans, carrots and onions in a mild vinaigrette. Lasary refers to pickled lemon and mangoes in cities
Potato leaves are served in a stew with dried shrimp with tomato sauce and beef in a heap of rice
This dish is a combination of crab, lobster and a stir-fry of pork with ginger, lime juice and fresh greens served the Malagasy way with a heap of rice.
A popular Malagasy meal found in most restaurants. It includes tomatoes, coconut milk, onion, chicken, ginger, garlic and some ground pepper.
Welcome to the taste of Madagascar #ExploreMotherland Africa
The food which is prepared has no master. - Malagasy Proverb
Many yearn to travel to Tanzania.There is way too much to do, climbing Kilimanjaro, kite surfing, quad exploring the vast national parks for wildlife, and landscape wonders.
And then there are the beaches. With all the action be sure that a healthy appetite will build up. A fine Tanzania cuisine and palate treat to savour on the ongoing adventure are sure to pass your way.
Here are a few ideas to splash into simmering into the adventure ahead when venturing to explore the heart of Motherland Africa in Tanzania or to re-experience treats after an escapade venture in Tanzania.
Let us start with a popular breakfast dish, Vitumbua. With a warm cup of ‘Chai’, you are sure to set off into an interesting day ahead with a start of taste bud sensations.
1 cup – Rice Flour
4 tablespoons of plain flour
1 cup Coconut milk
1 quarter cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom seeds
Mix the rice flour, the plain flour, coconut milk and cardamom adding water slowly to thicken the paste. Cover upkeep in a warm area for about an hour until bubbles form on the top and the mixture has doubled in size.
Stir the batter and place in a Vitumbua pan
Give the batter a stirring placing a drop of oil in each section. Pour in a teaspoon of batter and flip until it browns on both sides.
Place the butter in a frying pan until melted. Cut the plantains into quarters. Dip in lemon juice and place on the heated pan until they are browned lightly.Sprinkle with some nutmeg
2 cups rice
1 and a half cup of coconut milk and 2 and a half cup water
1 teaspoon of salt
Add the coconut milk and water mixture into a saucepan with salt until it reaches boiling point, Add in the rice and lower the heat , cover and simmer for about half an hour. Serve alone or as an accompaniment
2 cups of flour
1 onion chopped finely
Mix the flour salt and onion with hot water to make an elastic smooth dough and fold into a ball, Roll on a surface with flour and cook over medium heat in a frying pan and flip over once browned, The chapatti texture will be supple and soft once completed
Give your tastebuds a long deserved treat. Welcome #Explore Motherland Africa
Many are eager to explore South Africa, the diverse colorful nation with tons to rave about from natural beauty,people,world cities and unique wildlife.
Cape Town deservingly captures global attention, yet South Africa has much more to offer. There are hundreds of destinations to explore in South Africa. Here are ten highlights to note.
Cape Agulhas is the tip of Africa, where our two great oceans meet, a stone plaque to mark it is placed on the beach.
Any trip to Cape Town has an activity that all must step up to. A journey to the iconic Table Mountain. An unforgettable landmark to set foot on. You get to view the sea and the city from a 1085m height. The flat top summit has an easy route with the Table Mountain Cableway. It travels up at 10 metres per second. Table mountain has much more to explore with indigenous plants and animals and a nature reserve.
Maboneng means the “place of light”, and that is what the innovative section, the Maboneng Precinct, has become amidst a concrete jungle of red brick construction and warehouse jumbles. The graffiti spilt sidewalks reach an urban vibe, the hippest urban regeneration spot – a cosmopolitan and arty joint. Joburg is re-identifying itself from the slaps of being a wasteland of lost wanderers.
The Cango Caves are as popular as the ostriches in Oudtshoorn 30 km away. The caves cut from limestone are twenty million years old. The Caves are listed as one of the great natural wonders of the world. The hidden stalagmite chambers inhabited in the stone ages make up the largest cave system in Africa.
There are amazing subterranean caverns open to the public for an unforgettable adventure through tunnels and chambers. One highlight is ‘Cleopatras Needle’, a formation that is 9m high and over 150000 years old.
The name of the park. ‘Golden’ Gate Highlands National Park is linked to the golden glittering sandstone cliffs. Located in the Northern Freee State 120km from Bloemfontein, the Maluti Mountains nestle the park, home to various wildlife including wildebeest and zebra as well as rare birds like the bearded vulture and bald ibis. There is an abundance of activity from horseriding to nature trails and game viewing.
The most recognizable meander in Kwa Zulu Natal offers many discovery routes through the scenic Midlands Meander of Natal. An hour away from Durban, the Meander is 80kms of entertainment, arts and crafts. places to see, shops and over 160 places to sleep in. Encounter craftsmen from herb growers to cheese producers weavers and craft beer, artists, potters, carvers and much more.A haven for watersports enthusiasts for sailing, canoeing, boating and windsurfing near the Midmar Dam.
Africa’s first transborder conservation area between Botswana and South Africa. It is in the Northern Cape, 250km from Upington, the Kgalagadi Park is the joining of Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park and South Africa’s Kalahari GemsbokPark.
The combined protected area is thirty-eight thousand square kilometres. In South Africa, part of nine thousand six hundred square kilometres covers the Southern part of the Kalahari desert which is uninhabited. It offers great opportunities for game viewing of endangered and rare species.
Jeffreys Bay, sixty-five kilometres from Port Elizabeth is a top surfing destination and has perfect and predictable right-hand Supertube point breaks
The high-speed waves reach 3 metres varying in length up to 300m. The best waves are in winter between May and the middle of September.
The Moses Mabhida stadium is popular for hosting international music concerts and sports.It is a tourist attraction with many other linked activities. It has a skycar taking visitors to the arch of the stadium, there is also the 500 step adventure walk up to the 106m arch to get the ultimate panoramic view of the sea and the city. Then there is the Big Rush, Big Swing, a stadium swing that plunges off the arch. There are restaurants and shopping boutiques on the property as well.
Sun City, an hour and a half away from Johannesburg is a popular complex for entertainment and family getaways. Hotels coupled with a popular golf course is a drawcard for tourists and locals. Many regularly flock here to enjoy the Valley of Waves, the casino for gambling and game viewing at the Pilanesberg National Park nearby. The Lost city Palace offers a five-star Africa holiday and has cabanas, game lodges and establishments for camping nearby.
Welcome to the tastes of Africa. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica
Hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches line this tideless inland sea. Relax in the sun on an uncrowded beach with long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sand lakeshore Malawi's vast variety, overwhelming friendliness great lake, wildlife, landscape and culture makes it an ideal getaway for families. Formally known as Nyasaland, it's surrounded by Mozambique,Zambia, and Tanzania.
The initial western inception was when David Livingstone entered the shores in 1859. A British wiped out slave trade in 1891.
For such a small country it has an unrivalled combination of Lake, Landscape and Wildlife. From rugged highlands to lowland plains, Malawi has an incredible variety of stunning landscapes.
The unique rolling hills of orchid-clad Nyika; the cool forested plateau of Zomba; the 10000 ft climbers’ paradise of Mulanje Massif; the broad and fertile Shire Valley.
Malawi means the “glitter of the sun rising across the lake”. And this vast inland sea is what we think about when we think about Malawi.
Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa, the 10th largest in the world and covers 1/5th of Malawi. It’s sometimes called the Calendar Lake because it’s 365 miles long and 52 miles wide.
Or find out more about the country. Karonga has an interesting but turbulent history as a centre for the notorious nineteenth-century slave trade.
Now the town is the site of a new museum focused on both its cultural history and the recent archaeological finds of dinosaur and hominid bones.
At the top of the northerly point of the lake, you will find Nkhata Bay, that was reached by David Livingstone. Its small sheltered harbour is a focus for the Lake’s fishing industry but it is also becoming increasingly important as a tourist centre.
Bandawe Mission was the place that Dr Robert Laws made the second attempt to establish a Livingstonia Mission. Like Cape Maclear, malaria took its toll and the missionaries moved further north to the present site on the Kondowe Plateau. The banked seating and lateral sided pulpit of the church and missionary graves remain
Off the eastern shore of the Lake is Likoma Island: a small piece of Malawi in Mozambican waters. This is where the headquarters of Livingstone’s mission to Central Africa in the 1880s. That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.
That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.
Visit the world’s first freshwater national park. Lake Malawi National Park, close to Monkey Bay, lies towards the southern extremity of the lake. The park includes a land area around the cape and bay as well as the Lake and islands up to 100 metres offshore. It’s also a world heritage site.
Snorkelling and scuba-diving are increasingly popular here because of the attraction of seeing the brilliantly coloured fish, the mbuna.
Lake Malawi contains more fish than any other lake in the world. Some of the rarest tropical fish in the world are unique to this vast lake. it has about 1000 species of fish. It’s is a true kaleidoscopic aquarium.
The countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied than anywhere else in the world and will feed directly from the hand.
Marine animals include two species of otter and occasional crocodiles.
Away from the lake, the park has baboons, klipspringer, bushbuck and vervet monkeys, antelope and hyrax, and, of course, there is a great variety of birdlife including fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorants and hamerkops. In the North the
In the North the lake is quite extraordinarily deep: 700m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley which is the origin of the Lake itself.
Try out the range of watersports available along the length of Lake Malawi. Swimming, waterskiing, sailing and kayaking are all available along the extraordinarily clear lakeshore.
Because of its rich harvest of fish, the Lake plays an important part in the country’s economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the length of the lakeshore and you’re welcome to visit the traditional industry. Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.
Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.
Mumbo Island and Domwe Island camps offer idyllic island getaways. Malawi is an ideal destination not to be missed in Africa. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica
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An exquisite coastline promising an unforgettable venture into a myriad of experiences, from water sports, bonfire dining, supreme isolation or even full activity. Hotels and resorts spark of the final touches of an ideal beach getaway.
The relaxing beaches from Kigamboni to Ras Kutani and beyond with developed ferry assess for laid-back mingling.Further on are undiscovered and uncrowded beaches for solitary escapism.
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The umbrella trees, symbolic of the African bush are usually sighted on Safari.
There is also the yellow fever tree, the whistling thorn and the ‘wait a bit” Acacia
Tropical rainforest patches in the Eastern Arc of Tanzania provide a rich array of plants, and many can be found only in Tanzania. One such is the Africa violet or Usambara. The Impatiens and Saintpaulia are sold in grocery stores as house plants in the Western World.
Forest patches, remnants of the once large tropical forest of the continent is found in Udzungwa, Uluguru and many other areas. In the southern and western parts of the Eastern Arc, are baobab stands, with striking baobab landscapes in the Tarangire National Park.
Covered by a moist woodland, ‘miombo’, the main vegetation is various Brachystegia tree types.
The central plateau is filled with thickets and Savannah and the Serengeti plain is covered in grasslands.
Kitulo National park and the Amani Nature reserve are amongst botanical highlights of the country. The focal point of Kitulo is wildflowers East Africa has 62 species of Acacia trees. Six are endemic to the land of Tanzania. Acacias grow as shrubs or trees.
Researchers explored a remote valley on Kilimanjaro mountain. The discovery?
A two-hour walk from the Mrusunga forest in the Kidia ward of Moshi rural district lies a towering 81.5 metres, making a new record for Africa’s tallest tree.
The giant rare species Entandrophragmaexcelsum, is typically located in semi-deciduous forests.
Mpingo, the African blackwood tree is a heavily branched tree that grows gradually for close to a 100 years before harvest. It is native to twenty-six African countries from the north in Ethiopia to the south in Angola. It spreads the west in Senegal to the east in Tanzania.
An important ecosystem component, Mpingo covers approximately two-thirds of the country. Nitrogen fixing ,improves fertility and maintains the stability of soil.
The Westernised name African Blackwood is valuable as it is perfect for carvings with perfect finishes, Intricate ornaments are carved from them.
In North America and Europe, it is used for carving woodwind instruments like bagpipes, oboes and clarinets.
The medicinal properties of the tree include the treatment of many ailments and the wood is boiled in some regions to create a broth for bathing new born babies, believed to benefit in imparting strength. The sapwood makes high energy fuel or charcoal
Welcome to Tanzania
Igniting “Khanyisa”, the light of Africa into Tanzania in 2015, Tu Nokwe hailed sparkling testimony that light of Africa cannot die out.
The ‘Light of Africa’ , Tu Nokwe, blessed the heart of motherland Africa, Tanzania on various special occasions in 2015.
A blissful melody of liberating tunes left heart beats echoing with rhythm and souls pulsating with sounds of Africa at the renowned Bagamoyo Festival.
Many fundraising projects were initiated for further development. One of them was AMAP (“The Africa Modern Arts Project”). Based in the historical town of Bagamoyo, AMAP serves as a community-based learning centre with a mission to harbour and guide local talent, helping artists to polish skill and flourish as professionals.
Joyful vocals brightening the gloom with a soulful blend of jazz and funk sprouted with a new age twist at performances and workshops at Dhow Countries Music Academy in Zanzibar.
According to DCMA director Mitchel Strumpf, “Ms. Nokwe visited Zanzibar during the time of the Zanzibar Film Festival and participated in activities of the Festival. She conducted a workshop for the Certificate and Diploma students at the Dhow Countries Music Academy and performed as a special guest during a concert by the DCMA's Taarab-Kidumbak Ensemble. That visit was a trail-blazer for future visits, an opening of the door to see the interests of people for thinking about music and music-making from the standpoint of music being healthy for broadening the soul of a person, including the sharing of musical sounds like sharing food at a dinner. “Her voice is magnificent and the music projects she and her family have been doing in South Africa hopefully will associate with the activities of DCMA and other schools of music traditions from African cultures in other parts of Africa to form an Association of Schools of Traditional African Music. This idea was discussed in detail while she was at DCMA. While in Zanzibar previously, Ms Nokwe also gave a master class in singing and African song styles.
The design of her programme was to boost self-esteem and inspiration with creative interaction, music and storytelling with self-management and life skills workshops, jam sessions and talent showcases. An opportunity for Africa to share all they excel in.
"Africa needs ongoing inspiration and motivation to maintain happy societies" Tu Nokwe
A calling to Tanzania has returned as crowds yearn for her return.
Intricate harmonies and blissful guitar rhythms ensemble a rise into the realm of open avenues of possibilities, inspiration and empowerment.
Guest of honour Tu Nokwe will be accompanied by none other than the legendary Dorothy Masuka with a group of five children.
Dorothy rose to fame in the revolutionary era of the 1950’s and aspires to share her wisdom with the upcoming generation to explore the magnificent continent they are from.
Her voice evoked global applause. Her songs catapulted many South African artists to fame, Her music spoke of the times. She’s an international icon, role model, artist, mother, grandmother, family caregiver, composer, singer, musician, entertainer.
The history of the contribution of black women musicians would be incomplete without the story of Dorothy Masuka whose musical compositions still inspire young and old musicians today.
The Juu Afrikan Arts and Culture festival in Morogoro has launched.
The main festival themes encompass a revival, a preservation, and revamping authentic legendary tribal African root tunes and music. The fusion of new compositions that integrate contemporary creations with an authentic rhyme influx and beats, celebrating true African heritage with soul music. The initial festival featured sparked of with Ruguru culture. The festival launched into branches of tribe celebrations, paying homage to heritage with cultural performances encompassing unique tribal stories, songs, plays, dances films and narratives.
The time has come for Africa. Tune in…..
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The only in Tanzania quest continues. Why Tanzania? Today we introduce and explore the birds of Tanzania.
Tanzania in East Africa has a wide range of endemic bird species. It is one spectacular country offering a variety of birding habitats, including the montane forest, savanna miombo woodland, arid plains and the coastline.
It is a migratory passageway as well. Despite many attractions, national parks and reserves place big game on display ahead of birds. A visit to Tanzania in East Africa is definitely memorable lifetime for birders,
It is recorded that there are 1100 bird species in Tanzania.This is the the third-highest on the continent of Africa.
A well-planned bird watching itinerary for two weeks can result in viewing approximately 300 species.
Game reserves like Selous and Serengeti are rewarding for bird watching and are an ideal introduction to the widespread species.
Experienced birders usually explore the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are the biggest attraction in Tanzania as they harbor 35 endemics that are found exclusively in Tanzania
Grey-breasted spurfowl,otherwise known as grey-breasted Francolin is a bird species of thefamily Phasianidae. It is found exclusively in East Africa,Tanzania.
The yellow-collared lovebird also known as the masked lovebird or the eye ring lovebird,is a species of bird from the parrot family Psittaculidae.They are native to the north east of Tanzania.
The Pemba Sunbird is a bird species of bird from thesunbird family. Endemic to Pemba Island in Tanzania.
The Pemba Scop owl a ‘creature of the night', a mysterious bird, identified by local island dwellers of Pemba as a bird associated with witchcraft.
The Kilombero weaver species discovered in the year 1986 because of patchy, restricted distribution in a small range of the Kilombero River, a floodplain in the south-central Tanzania.
All that desire to support native birds from Tanzania can either donate to organizations with the goal to protect endangered wildlife and habitats.
The other way is spreading an awareness about our magnificent birds and find ways to help as individuals like keeping a clean environment. We need more protected areas and national parks and focus on more protection in conservation areas that exist.
Welcome to Motherland Africa. #EXPLOREMOTHERLANDAFRICA
Traditional music of Madagascar….Where do we begin to define it? We have the Austronesian influence on one side, and then Arab, African and European populations ingestion. The variety makes it impossible to specify origin of unique Madagascar tunes that rhythmically echo on on for a millennium.
The internet has given the pathway for a refreshing and reawakening of Madagascar music.The sacred and secular music alleys may be the sounds of a ritual or even used for animating teenage games in villages.
The Kingdom era has evolved into current day modern applications of melody replacements and trending pop culture in the cities. The rhythm of Madagascar language is innovative tunes in versions from every direction in the Madagascar landscape.
Local artists in remote villages retain traditional rustic sounds. The music reflects the history of communities and is not strive for stardom. The cities have interposed rhythms on traditional genres and incorporated spectacular innovation in electronic sound.
The complex mosaic of Madagascar is made up of a 22million population with 18 ethnicities. There are six provinces.The culture and common language is spoken throughout the land and the term of ethnicity has been abandoned making way for ‘human group’ gathering in rhythmic unison.
The Sakalava dominated the West in music influence. The Merina in the central highlands and Betsimisaraka in the east mark rhythmic variations. Áfindrafindrao is an ancestral tune that was danced in quadrille adopted in the 19th century by Merina Kins and later influenced every part of the big island.
The strongest group in the South, the Antandroy, preserve musical tradition, the contemporary musicians from this group are the most recognized groups internationally.
In the north, a special contribution was made to Madagascar traditional music by the Antahkarana. The most festive part of Madagascar favoured by vegetation and the climate.
Madagascar musical footprints include the Tanala., Bestileo, Bezanozano, Bara, Masikoro, Tsimihety, Antesaka, Sihanaka, Antemoro, Vezo, and a stream of others.
Traditional music instruments are the Valiha (zither pipe) and marovany (box zither). These are the most played. It is a legacy of the Mlayo Polynesian heritage.
Rice seed filled rattles are next called kantsa, koritsa or korintsana depending on the region.
There are four main categories in traditional Madagascar music. Aerophones, Idiophones, membranes and string. The common basis for traditional singers and musicians come from the influence of European, Arabic, Africa, and Austronesian contribution.
Kabosy* box guitar
Traditional ceremonies at ancestral ceremonies and possession rites are common. Music at funerals, marriages, circumcisions, initiation rites victories and pleasures are commemorated with traditional music where masses gather.
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Traditional musicians in Madascar are self-taught, orally and by listening.
Malagasy music is filled with rhythms that rock. Combinations of traditional virtuoso music alight tight harmonies with buoyant grooves in infectious melodies. The wild instruments and energetic dancing along is a groove not to be missed. Malagasy hip hop entered and skyrocketed since mid-nineties and has skyrocketed.
Mozambique, the tropical paradise of Southern Africa has gorgeous beaches, beautiful islands and turquoise sea with a palm lined coastline.
A land of tropical fruit, abundant seafood and fish and a Portuguese taste influence is a heaven for foodies.
Piri Piri (peri-peri) is part and parcel of all Mozambican cuisine. It is used in every marinade and also a common option for french fries or rice.
Not common on tourist restaurant menus, Matapa is a traditional dish. You will be more than likely to come across if visiting locals. It is made with stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts and garlic and coconut milk. It is eaten either on its own or accompanied by sumptuous prawns and rice.
Juicy fresh, flavourful prawns are the highlight of Mozambique delights. They are served fried, grilled in peri peri or tossed with garlic with rice of French fries.
Coconut rice is common in Mozambique, fluff rice made in coconut milk. Perfect to compliment Mozambique spicy and hot delights.
Paõ are Portuguese bread rolls baked in villages in ovens that are wood fired
Mozambique flavours and tastes of curry are unlike Thai or Indian food but distinctly unique in a special taste of local spices. It is served with chicken or prawns.
6. Peri peri chicken
Peri Peri chicken is common in Mozambique and other parts of Southern Africa with Portuguese influences. It consists of marinated chicken in lemon juice and a generous dose of peri peri sauce and served with French fries.
8. Prego roll
A roadside Mozambique snack is prego rolls. Steak covered in fiery chilli vinegar and garlic sauce wrapped in paõ. Simply delicious
Once the largest cashew producers, cashews grow all over Mozambique. They are sold at cheap prices at every street corner and the beach. Plain and delightfully tasty peri peri flavours are tastebud sensational tinglers.
Fresh fish all along the Mozambique coast is available all the time for a perfect barbecued or grilled seaside meal
10. Tropical fruit
The humid warm Mozambique climate brings out simply delicious tropical fruit al over. Coconuts, papaya, avocados and sweet mangoes.
Landlocked Zimbabwe, (“House of Stone”) in the southern central part of Africa, the name from 800-year-old remains of stone left by Shona people.
Shona people make up 77 percent of the population of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and the remaining 18 percent are Ndebele is between the Zambezi and Limpopo.
Located between the Zambezi and Limpopo River, Zimbabwe is mainly rolling plateau. The high plateau ends in the Inyanga mountains and the low plateau is grassy plains.
Gold was discovered in1300 with shared powers by the Shona and Ndebele until European invasion and British spices and food infiltrated Zimbabwe cuisine with tea, bread and sugar.
The Limpopo and Zambezi river borders of Zimbabwe provide nutrients and moisture for crops like pumpkins, yams, corn, squash and peanuts and papaya in the Summer and Autumn seasons.
Preserving food for winter months various produce and meats are dried. ‘Kapenta’is a common dried fish snack, as well as sun, dried flavoured meat.
Cornmeal is the main staple. Common Zimbabwean dishes include Sadza, stiff maize meal eaten with various dip or side options such as gravy, meat, sour milk or vegetable
Bota: Peanut butter flavoured porridge . Other alternatives are butter or jam flavours. This is a usual breakfast menu.
Dovi : The peanut crops brought in by Portuguese traders in the 16th century became a key ingredient in most dishes. Dovi is a peanut butter stew eaten with vegetables or meat.
Mapopo candy: Papaya is cooked and sprinkled with sugar and made into a sweet treat.
2 cups Sugar
Grated Lemon Peel
Fresh or dried mint
Wash and papaya . Slice into little strips. Place over low heat with grated lemon and sugar over low heat until all the sugar dissolves. Reheat the mixture at medium heat until crystallization.
Remove from heat and shape into stick or ball shapes
1 Butternut Squash
3 Tablespoons of butter
Preheat oven 425°F.Peel and cut the squash removing seeds. Place into foil and spread butter. Seal foil tightly around. Roast for about 25 minutes until the squash lightly browns. Sprinkle cinnamon
4 cups of water
Two and a half cups of cornmeal
Boil 3 cups of water.Mix one cup of water with 1 and a half cup of cornmeal. Reduce heat and add the cornmeal mixture, stirring continuously. Cook for five minutes
Add the remaining cornmeal gradually. When the mixture has thickened place in the serving dish
2 onions, chopped finely
Two tablespoons of butter
Two crushed garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
Half teaspoon pepper
Half teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 chopped green peppers
Braise the onions in butter. Add salt garlic and seasoning. Stir and add chicken and green peppers. Add tomatoes once the chicken is cooked . Add water and simmer and add in half of the peanut butter.
In a separate pot cook spinach, Add peanut butter into the spinach and serve with the stew.