Lesson 4: Tanzania/Zanzibar

All Around This World’s exploration of Africa includes sing-along, dance-along classroom and homeschool lessons about Tanzania for kids . . . Meet the world through music –“come to class” with Jay.

All Around This World map of Africa featuring Tanzania for kids

This week in music class All Around This World families bound across Africa with such exuberance that we overshoot the Eastern coast and land in the Indian ocean. When we claw for shore we’wind up in Zanzibar, which we’ll find about 25 miles east of the East African country of Tanzania. What does one do when one finds oneself on an island about 15 miles east of Tanzania? Let’s find out.


OVERVIEW: What exactly is Zanzibar and why is it so hip? What makes Zanzibar such an enticing, velvet-rope-inspiring place . . . ?

MUSIC: Like almost all prominent elements of Zanzibar’s culture, Zanzibari music is a mix of East African, Arabic, Persian and South Asian influences . . .

LANGUAGE: Zanzibar is generally regarded as the birthplace of Swahili, the predominant language of Eastern Africa . . .

WHEN YOU GO THERE: Is Zanzibar’s “allure legendary?” It is, according to LonelyPlanet.com’s page about Zanzibar . . .

MWAKA KOGWA: In music class we celebrate Mwaka Kogwa, a joyous, several day long Zanzibari festival that marks the arrival of Nairuz, the new year on the Shiraz (Persian, now Iranian) calendar . . .

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