The Umbrella and Whistling Thorn trees and others in Tanzania
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 violetor Usambara. The Impatiensand Saintpauliaare 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 variousBrachystegia 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 Atrees 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.
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
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
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.
JUU celebrates the heritage of Motherland Africa in Tanzania. The vital role of education promotes a culture of reading and awareness
JUU Afrika Festivals works with schools located in mostly rural villages where the roots and values of Tanzanian culture must be protected. JUU understands the importance of learning and takes positive action to achieve it.
Juu Afrika Festival accentuates the need for producers and consumers of validated information and quality publications for education, business and government to promote a culture of reading and awareness of the value of historic archives, libraries and museums.
Tanzanian and African history cannot get lost.
Arts and culture is vital for prosperity on the continent. Africa needs to take control of their collective economic destiny and suppport each other
Jilinde: Protect yourself mentally by changing our neo-colonialist attitudes that prevent us from realizing our potential while also maintaining high morals.
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery” – Bob Marley
Ulindwe: “Guard and protect others by sharing positive ideas and work together.”
Harambee:People should be responsible for well-being and safety of others.
We must preserve nature–not destroy it.
The time has come for Africa. Tune in…..
In blissful melody of the tunes, souls pulsated and heart beats echoed with the rhythm. Sparks brightened the gloom: The time is now. 'Light of Africa' : Share the 'Light of Africa' follow facebook.com/tu.nokwe and join in on the group Khanyisa-Light of Africahttps://facebook.com/groups/568415699980068/?view=group