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A new project for the new year! Sea Level – documenting and celebrating the cultural and architectural heritage of the Tanzanian coast. More info coming soon, but first this image of the Old Customs House in Bagamoyo – built in the German period between 1889 and 1895. To this day the site remains a busy spot for dhows and trucks transporting goods to and from the mainland to Zanzibar and beyond.
Dar Sketches is heading to the States for some Street Level book events – so anyone in the Washington area – karibu sana! Busboys and Poets 1st Nov, Library of Congress 2nd, Smithsonian Museum of African Art 3rd.
many thanks to everyone who came to the show, to the alliance francaise for being fabulous hosts, to leo mkanyia for wonderful music, to the green room and cowshed for their artistic collaboration and stunning furniture, to authentic tanzania and we dont reed publishers for their sponsorship and support. to those who missed it – pole sana!!! it was a fun night.
It’s unlikely you will ever be further than a few metres from a plastic chair in Dar. Plastic chairs never die. They can be sewn together with wire, stuck together with remnants of advertising stickers, stacked in multiples to compensate for their broken limbs, tied to tree trunks, balanced on rocks, logs and any other solid objects that provide the requisite support for a gentle snooze, a cold drink on the street corner or an animated debate with friends.
Dar’s street vendors make for some wonderfully surreal moments … I nearly fell off my bike when i passed this guy and his soft toy collection on Ohio street.
thanks to Shaista Juma for the photo
keep an eye out for this stunning building on Bibi Titi Mohammed Road almost opposite the Uhuru Torch monument in Mnazi Mmoja