In his early childhood, he actively engaged in a school band playing Ndulilu, (a local flute). In later teen years he initiated playing the keyboard and joined in the church choir.
He tuned his destiny into a melodious pathway when he laid his hands on a harmonious discovery.....an abandoned saxophone that collected dust in a church.........
Welcome to the world of Zaphania Melembela, a saxophonist from the shores of East Africa, Tanzania.
Rooted in a musical family of love from the Sukuma ethnic group , where traditional music is a key component of every social activity, Zephaniah completed high school and relocated to Dar-es-Salaam to pursue a new chapter of higher education.
Education curriculums did not usually include any formal music lessons. In 2009 he enrolled at the Dar-Es-Salaam Institute of Technology and successfully completed his studies in Science and laboratory Technology in 2013.
The Institute of Technology was not a waste of time, it was strategic articulation to secure a day job and finance formal music lessons from beginner to advanced levels. The studies in technology became a great back up.
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He never swayed from his passion for music, even though he had no formal music training.
The year 2012 marked an eventful turnaround year for Zephania. He met a friend from Nigeria who had a book on saxophones….and then there was a church with a forgotten saxophone that nobody bothered to learn playing.
A year of self-teaching continued with little progress. Then in October 2013, he met Frank Masamba , the famous composer and saxophonist since the 1980”s
Frank just returned from Mombasa(Kenya, where he worked as a hotel entertainer.
Zephania gained key insight into saxophone techniques and learned the foundation of African music.
This continued till 2014. He continued as a church musician and started exploring beyond church walls, engaging in music with other bands that were not in religious contexts. He also performed as a solo saxophonist at social functions.
In 2015 his formal music training continued when he engaged in music lessons with Innocent Mkuyuli, a pianist and music educator at the International School of Tanganyika.
His journey continued in music theory and practical musicianship on the tenor saxophone as a principal instrument, he continues with advancing to this present day.
Zephania has worked with bands like the Swahili Blues Band and performed at the Sauti Busara music festival in Zanzibar. He toured internationally with the band and performed with the King of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke at the African Jazz Village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2015.
The music industry in Tanzania has evolved into much more opportunities for a committed musician to lead a successful career in music.
There is a calling for more instrumental and music teachers are more performers.Technology paves a way for artists to explore global markets in the music industry. Things have changed for the better.
Saxophonist Zephania Malembela
He has been featured in many albums by other artists both on religious and non-religious music arenas in Tanzania and outside Tanzania. He has been acclaimed by listeners and fans to have a rich tone with a special articulation on his instrument.
Currently, he is a member of the Pentanote Trio working with a renowned jazz pianist Barikeyz Mmbaga and his young brother John Mmbaga, a drummer.
He is working on his first solo instrumental album which focuses on a fusion of native music with western and jazz tastes. The album will be released soon.
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
What drives me is love. I am a product of love, love from the creator, love from my parents and from the society around me. All the love I received and continue to receive has taught me to value an adventure of becoming a good person and to love every human being by giving my best out of talents and potentials which are invested inside me, music being a major part of me.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
The passion has always been with me from the beginning. I come from a musical family, a family that for many generations has taken a leading role of music in its society. My mother, being the nearest of all other family members became my inspiration as she would sing, compose and teach song to a local church choir and she even played guitars very well.
At an age of 13 years I joined the choir she was leading and I started learning to play the keyboard and she was my first music teacher even though she had no formal music classes. She knew how chords were supposed to sound though she didn’t know how to play the keyboard.
We would search and combine the sounds of the keyboard to match the guitar chords that she made on the guitar. That is how it started and the rest is history.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
To be relevant to my world by doing the things that complement my talents and potential endowed inside me. Music being among them. To make life a meaningful adventure for me, my family and every other people I can get into contact whether physically or through other media like this.
What drove you to make money from your passion?
I believe that someone doing his/her passion and being rewarded financially, for it is a sure way of growing the passion to its ultimate potential. This is what drives me to make money from my passion. My passion has to sustain me and to make my family’s life progressive in all spheres that need progress. This is how commitment to passion intensifies. It doesn’t make sense doing your passion with all efforts and then expect to sustain your own life with something else. This will only kill talents and potential and the passion itself altogether.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
It was when I was 22 years old. I had my first payment as a church musician for a church which was just being inaugurated. Later I have been able to extend my horizon beyond the four walls of the church to non-religious arenas musically.
As I said, money is just a reward. I am committed to my passion beyond monetary expectations. Making money is not a goal but money reward facilitates me to achieve the goals.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
No! Giving up? How can someone give up on being themselves? If someone gives up on becoming themselves then who do they want to become as a result? My passion (Music) is who I am, I have never tried to think of giving up because it is like betraying myself and trying to become someone else.
Yes, there have been challenges in the journey and they are still coming even now but I try as much to solve them. It is in solving these challenge progress realizes. I solve my challenges and try to seek other people’s help when things get beyond my capacity. I enjoy working in teams that way.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
To live an authentic life, to be who I am and to unleash my full potentials as a human being. Success is a process and not a destination. When I wind up my day being better than the previous day musically then I am successful and this continues that way to me, trying to improve myself more every day.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Doubt is a source of wisdom. For me, being doubted brought positive results. It created to me an avenue to question my inner man and to make a decision based on who I really am and what I am supposed to do with the gift of life I have been blessed with. Though their doubts I was able to find myself.
I will always listen to their doubts about me and I will then keep perfecting myself in order to become my best.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
My advice to them is; Look for that reason, that special purpose, that mission you were created for and then build a beautiful life for yourself and those you love around that reason.
Listen to your inner man and be true to yourself. This will lead you to living your authentic life. It is the best reward that you can do to yourself. Be determined, be dedicated, be disciplined and be willing to sacrifice for that reason. All the rest will fall in their positions. You deserve to be happy, this is the cost of becoming one.
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Explore the dynamics of Tanzania
Where do we begin to define Tanzania? There are so many aspects, the sightings, the people, the culture and much more.
Natural beauty in Tanzania is all over, from Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro crater. The contrast to flat plains is Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The long coastline in Tanzania welcomes any beach getaways.
Alleyways of Zanzibar
The capital of Zanzibar, StoneTown, reveals vintage Arabian architecture alongside the Indian Ocean, offering a spectrum of opportunities from snorkeling to diving, sailing away or fishing.
You can even swim along with the dolphins! Relaxing comes naturally in dazzling the sunshine and beaches embraced with warm waters.
The game reserves and national parks are world famous. The Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Mount Kilimanjaro have excellent facilities and many visitors.
Other parks that rarely see visitors may not be as filled with amenities but are most definitely worth the visit. Many opt for organized safaris with safari lodges or tented camps in the safari package deal. The cheaper way is actual campsites and game drives with adapted vehicles and a field guide.
Animals are seen easily during dry seasons when surface water lack makes them gather at waterholes and rivers. The rainy seasons that occur around March to June and October to November are the times when animals are in their best condition, feeding on fresh, new shoots. You can even get to witness’s breeding displays.
The wet season disadvantages are the thicker vegetation water availability make the wildlife more free to spread out. This can make it more it more difficult to spot them.
Driving routes often include time at waterholes where you get to indulge in the sound of the bush, experiencing nature in full rhythm as you view game moving the water.
The reserves and game parks are well organized and following rules will definitely ensure a stay that will be enjoyable.
Rules at Game Parks when on Safari
Keep on roads that are well marked. driving off-road can be harmful as oil and smoke cause destruction of grass and soil erosion
Stay away from park areas that are closed or roads that are closed. Entrance and exits are through authorized gates.
Stay in the vehicle for safety. You are only allowed to leave the vehicle at designated picnic sites and walking trails.
Stick to opening hours of the park. During the nights stay at campsites or lodges.
Do not harass animals. Keep the noise down and do not scare them away with flashlights or sudden movements.Do not whistle or call out!c Never chase the animals and remember that they always have right of way
Do not try to feed animals. The food you give may make them ill, and once animals like elephants learn getting food from humans is a possibility they can become dangerously aggressive on a search for food.
If camping out at night keep your food safely so animals do not gain access
Do not litter of loiter. Cigarette butts or used matches can increase the risk of fires and some animals may eat anything they can in dry seasons.
Do not disturb others, they have the same rights as you to enjoy their natural wonders on their safari. If you see a stationary vehicle and are interested in what they see do not hinder their sight or field to photograph in. Wait your turn at the prime viewing.
Turn the engine off when watching the game at close range.
Keep speeding limits of 50km per hour. Speeding will damage surfaces, case noise and also risks running over animals.
Wild animals can be dangerous despite their beauty. Their reactions can be unpredictable. Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks.
The benefits and the greatest assets of tourism are vast coral reef areas that spread from south of the equator and hug the coastline and the surrounding islands. The coral formations house over three thousand species of different marine animals as well as plants.
Explore Activities in Tanzania
Spreading the light of freedom in Tanzania- The UHURU Torch Race
The race was initiated in 1964 Julius Nyerere introduces an annual race. On the eve of independence The Uhuru (freedom) torch, was taken to the peak of Kilimanjaro.
Youth groups carry the Uhuru (freedom torch) all over the country spreading hope and love and respect and fading away enmity, despair, and hatred. Runners from all over the world gather in celebration of Tanzania’s independence. It is a race that will always stay. The Uhuru Torch marathon takes 195 days and climaxes on the 14th October commemoration the death of the first Tanzanian president. Julius Nyerere. It covers 31 regions across the 195 councils in Tanzania and inaugurates development projects
Diving and Riding, Safari Balloon, Hiking and Climbing, Birdingand Watersports in Tanzania
Diving areas in Tanzania are on the islands of Pemba as well as Mafia and Zanzibar islands during dramatic drop-offs.
The mainland of Tanzania, divers recommend the islands offshore. The best diving times are from October to April before the rainy season and river outflows. There are dive resorts and centers to consult with as well.
Many offer diving courses in German, French, and Italian as well as English. The costs range in price and lower if book multiple sessions.
In Zanzibar, there is the Discover Scuba option to experience diving as a once off fun escapade. Medical questionnaires and a medical certificate will be required.
Non-divers can join in on enjoying reefs by snorkeling and boats arranged by resorts on the coast.
Float and watch animals from above. The Serengeti National park is an ideal top spot for watching animals from a balloon. The activity is organized by most parks. Taking off to the air is a rising experience as you watch the sunrise. The flight is from 60 to 90 minutes long and costs about $500 per person.
For comprehensive information about endemic Tanzanian birdlife check www.tanzaniabirding.com .
Off the fine 1008 species, 22 are endemic. Birdwatching is a pastime that is popular and the activity can be a combined game viewing adventure
National parks, Usambara Mountains, and the Kilimanjaro foothills are ideal for birdwatching. Tour operators can arrange Safaris prioritized for birdwatching
Hiking and Climbing
There are numerous reserves and parks that offer the options of mountain climbing. Avid explores gain insights into attractive peaks and mountain ranges in abundance.
Kilimanjaro is the most famous and highest peak in Africa.The north and the east boast active volcanoes varying from Mount Meru to Ol Doinyo Lengai active volcano and the tamer Usambara Mountains
Then there are the gentle Crater Highland Slopes. Tour operators can put together itineraries that suit personal preferences.
If you choose higher altitudes to take it slow and allow the body to acclimatize. Bring sleeping bags and hiking boots with waterproof outer clothing to keep warm at high altitudes.
Widely available on islands and coasts there are scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, jet skiing deep fishing sea ventures and sailing away
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep sea fishing attracts tourists in the Pemba channel. The depth reaches 823 m and is home to fish varieties including the Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Spearfish, The fishing season is from August to March and customized boats are available for fishing excursions by operators
Zanzibar’s latest craze if kitesurfing and lessons are available. Afri Kite Centre in Zanzibar is at the forefront. At the Ras Nungwi beach, Kite Zanzibar takes the lead. Winds for kitesurfing is around April to November. It costs about $120 for three-hour lessons
Horse or camel riding around Moshi or Arusha includes short camel rides from Meserani Snake Park and longer horse safaris for riders that are more experienced in the Kilimanjaro foothills.
At the recent festival in Morogoro, Tanzania, festival organisers were delighted when the legendary Tu Nokwe, the Light of Africa made her way from South Africa to share her light and lead pathways to soul emancipation.