CULTURAL & LIFESTYLE
Tanzanian cuisine is both unique and widely varied. 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.
Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include wali (rice), ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyamachoma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau, biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Vegetables commonly used in Tanzania include bamia (okra), mchicha (a kind of spinach), njegere (green peas), maharage (beans), and kisamvu (cassava leaves).
Famous Tanzanian snack foods include maandazi (fried dough), isheti, kashata (coconut bars), kabaab (kebab), sambusa (samosa), mkatewakumimina (Zanzibari rice bread), vileja, vitumbua (rice patties), bagia, and many others.
Since a large proportion of Khoja Indians have migrated into Tanzania, a considerable proportion of Tanzanian cuisine has been influenced by Indian cuisine. Famous chefs, such as MohsinAsharia, have revolutionized traditional Indian dishes, such as kashata korma tabsi and voodoaloo. Many Khoja Indians own restaurants in the heart of Dar es Salaam, and have been welcomed by indigenous Tanzanians.
The Tanzanian national anthem is MunguIbarikiAfrika (God Bless Africa), composed by South Africa’s composer Enoch Sontonga. The song is also the national anthem of South Africa (with another tune), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The music industry in Tanzania has seen many changes in the past ten years. With a fusion of local and foreign music traditions, Tanzanian musicians have grown in prominence within the African Great Lakes region. It includes artists from traditional music, such as DionysMbilinyi, SabinusKomba, and many others, to new vibrant artists in R&B, pop, Zouk, Taarab, and dance.
A total of 128 languages are spoken in Tanzania, most of them are from the Bantu family.
Swahili and English are the two official languages of Tanzania. However, Swahili is the national language.