The rich culture of Tanzania is as a result of a large number of people coming from distant areas across the world and has contributed a lot in the development of the country. The culture in this country ranges from languages to sculptures, national anthem, Music and Art and paintings.
Languages spoken in Tanzania
It is surprising to hear that more than 100 languages are spoken in this country. After the independence, the government of the country found it very difficult to administer because of these languages. So it introduced Swahili as the official language.
The national language of Tanzania.
Mungu Ibariki Afrika is the national Anthem of Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The national Anthem helps in strengthening the unity among the people so that they can usher in an era of all round national development.
Makonde sculpture is quite famous in Tanzania.
The common painting style is Tingatinga and a few noted painters are Stephen Ndebalema, Elias Jengo and Mohammad Raza.
Music in Tanzania
Various music bands like Ottu and Sikinde are much popular. Bongoflava has represented the new genre of music in the country.
Food in Tanzania (Cuisine)
Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include rice (wali), ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), fish, pilau, biryani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Along the coastal regions (Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, and Pemba), spicy foods are common, and there is also much use of coconut milk. Regions in Tanzania's mainland also have their own unique foods, used Vegetables include bamia (okra), mchicha (a kind of spinach), njegere (green peas), maharage (beans), and kisamvu (cassava leaves). Famous Snacks are maandazi (bread rolls), isheti, kashata, kebab (kabaab), samosa (sambusa), mkate wa kumimina (Zanzibar rice bread), vileja, vitumbua (rice patties), bagia, and many others. Beverages. Tea (chai) is the common beverage among the Tanzanians. Usually tea is drunk in the morning, during breakfast with chapati and maandazi, and at times at night during supper. Coffee is second, and is usually taken in the evening, when the sun is down. There are also local beverages depending on the different tribes and regions.
Local Brews. For the coastal areas such as Tanga and Dar es Salaam, mnazi/tembo is widely consumed. Other brews include wanzuki and mbege among the Chagga, and lubisi, nkencha, nkonyagi, and mbandule among the Haya found on the shores of Lake Victoria.