So, maybe you saw this photo and wondered where the kings and queens of Bongo live? The citizens, who probably unknowingly, challenge the civil servants and the UN, who try to numerate the amount living in the uswahilini of this African capitol.
Do we rely on the 2,497,940 million as of the official 2002 census? Or is it more like the UN reports estimate; that in fact 92% of Tanzania’s urban population live in slum conditions – meaning more than 11 million people – which would make Dar es Salaam the third largest slum population in Africa?
What if we counted, only to realise that there simply are too many people in need of sanitation, water, electricity and transport?
I went to Tandale last night, not due to any of the above, but to experience Jagwa Music perform the Mchiriku style of music (photos).
Music played out as loud as umeme, police, loudspeakers, your ears and the muscle power of the drummer allow.
Tandale, along with other uswahilini, is indeed the home of a good deal of Bongo's fundis, machinga, mandazi bakers and trouble makers, mkokoteni and bajaj drivers. This is also where you party on Sundays.
I left with a strong impression of a group of unique personalities doing something remarkably for the citizens living their everydays in organised madness: Respect to Jagwa Music!