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Bongo Flava And Other Flavours Of Dar es Salaam

Posted on November 10, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

Being the Capital of Tanzania, the city of Dar es Salaam reflects a culture that’s reflective of the authentic local traditions while adapting to the contemporary time.

Music and Dance

The love for music runs across the city. The Radio here is the platform for all kinds of music and is also the forum fro the local bands to launch themselves and be heard by their city people. Rap music is one of the favourite forms of music her and Ras Nas, a law-graduate is one of the popular rapper of the city, who is also gaining international acclaim.

Hip hop music too is popular here, especially among the youth of Dar es Salaam and it in fact manages to touch social chords with the themes of music being socially relevant like HIV AIDS, etc.

Both the museums of this city – The National Museum and the Village Museum – stages music and dance performances regularly, belonging to the traditional style. The other main venue for traditional from of performing arts is the Nyumba Ya Sanaa, or the Nyerere Cultural center, on the Ohio street. These places also have the tribes giving dance and drumming performances.

Bongo Flava, the Tanzanian version of Hip-Hop style of dancing and R&B, has gained popularity. Some of the live dance bands of this city are Kilimanjaro, Twango Pepeta and FM Academia, as well Taarab which also had a stronghold in Zanzibar.

Traditional or tribal music enlivens on special occasions like a wedding.


There are a couple of cinemas that have Hollywood and Bollywood releases. The British Council at Ohio road here screens some documentary films as well. It was in 2003 that the first Cineplex to run international releases –specifically Hollywood and Bollywood films were released.


shish kebabDar es Salaam has a reach Cuisine culture. As it has slowly gained popularity as a tourist destination, a number of restaurants have opened up offering cuisine of all kinds to cater to the needs of the international customers. The city has it all – from Chinese to Indian, Thai etc.

Nevertheless, the authentic Tanzanian dishes have not been sidelined. Some of the traditional Tanzanian dishes include Nyama Choma or roasted meat, Mishkaki or Shish Kabab among many others.


The suburban areas of the city have a population of Tanzanians of African descent. A large population of foreign expatriates resides in Oyster Bay. While ethnic communities do not mix with each other intensely, they are not hostile to each other as well.

There are plenty of schools meant for the children of Indian expatriates, with the system of education that is followed in India.


Dar es Salaam has only one theatre, the Little Theatre near Oyster Bay, which stages regular monthly productions.


The architecture across the city is a glimpse of the colonial era. Among the remarkable buildings are the Moorish styled Ocean Road Hospital, now defunct, with a white dome; the Azania Front Lutheran Church with a red roof and the St. Joseph’s cathedral with original German inscriptions built in 1897.

Lutheran church


The capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, is also the educational center of this country with a number of reputed schools and universities.

For the Indian expatriates, there are some International schools that follow the CBSE board, an Indian system of education.

dar es salaam university

As the capital of any country, this Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam too has vibrancy in its culture that comes in because of the variety that goes into it. While keeping its authentic way of living intact, the city of Dar es Salaam is also adapting itself for a wider international community.

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