Tanzania culture is quite rich and has
contributed a lot in the development and advancement of the country. The
diversity of Tanzania culture appeals to a large number of people coming
from distant areas across the globe. The various forms of Tanzania
culture are language, painting, sculpture, national anthem, popular
dance music and art.
The most important contribution towards the culture of Tanzania has been
done by the language. More than 100 languages are spoken in this
country. After the independence, the government of the country found it
very difficult to administer. So it introduced Swahili language as the
official language. The literature of Tanzania is no less enriched. Some
eminent writers of Tanzanian literature are Shafi Adam Shafi, Chachage
Seith Chachage, Amandina Lihamba, Edwin Semzaba,Penina Muhando Mlama and
Euphrase Kezilahabi. “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 and few noted Tanzanian
painters are Stephen Ndebalema, Elias Jengo and Mohammad Raza. Among the
painting styles, Tingatinga painting deserves mention. Bongoflava has
represented the new genre of music in the country. Various music bands
like Ottu and Sikinde are also much popular.