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Tanzania at the Crossroads – Assessing the Oct. 25 General Elections, Nov. 3 2015 @ IFRA

with Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud & Murithi Mutiga

Date and Time: Tuesday November 3, 2015 at 4pm
Venue: IFRA

On 25 October, Tanzanian held its 5th general elections since the reintroduction of multipartism. If final results are not yet known at this time, it is clear that their outcome will be of tremendous importance for the future of the United Republic, which is considered to be one of the most stable countries of the region.

Several factors have made these elections the most competitive since 1992: the alliance of main opposition parties under the banner of Ukawa, the defection of former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, the divisions among the ruling party CCM and the habituation to democracy of Tanzanian citizens.The demand for change, especially from urban and young voters, has constituted a serious challenge to the ruling party and has already lead to the defeat of high profile CCM parliamentary candidates ; on the other side, CCM has been able, with the reputation of its candidate John Magufuli, to campaign on a strong anti-corruption agenda, undermining a traditional advantage for the opposition.

This seminar will investigate the implication of the proceeding of these elections on Tanzanian political dynamics as well as for East Africa.

October 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm 1 comment

Photo Exhibition: Zanzibar – A Tale Beyond Fiction, Oct. 21-31 2015 @ Alliance Française

Zanzibar - A tale beyond fiction
Date: October 21-31, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française

This photo exhibition by the Franco-American photographer, Ania Gruca, examines the strength, the beauty and the unique place of women in a fast-changing Zanzibar. It is a visual representation of women as strong yet subtle members of Zanzibar society today who are caught between wanting to be active, educated and part of the political world and the pressure to fulfill traditional female roles in a mainly Islamic society.

October 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Road Trip to for the annual Zanzibar international Film Festival, Jul. 22-28 2015 @ Zanzibar

Road to Zanzibar

Aventure is a highly personalized safari company dedicated to providing each guest the ultimate insight to East Africa, its land, its wildlife and its culture. Our aim is to explore the East African region through road trips come join us as we embark on a journey to Zanzibar for the annual Zanzibar international Film Festival.

Contacts: Tel. 0707144744 and email

July 7, 2015 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

IFRA Seminar: Beyond Sex & Money – Thinking Culture In Afro-European Intimacies, Jun. 16 2015 @ IFRA/BIEA

by Dr. Altaïr Després – Univerity Paris 1 Sorbonne

Date: June 16, 2015
Venue: IFRA
Time: 11 am
Entry: Prior RSVP – at:

Focusing on the case of Western women travelling to Zanzibar, this paper seeks to explore how sexual intimacy with indigenous men can be a space for cultural transactions. While the economic issue is currently at the heart of the anthropological and sociological understanding of “transactional sex” or “sex-tourism” in Africa, little consideration is given to the role of symbolic and cultural resources in the economy of transnational sexuality and desire.
My hypothesis is that in a globalized sexual market not only do cultural stereotypes shape desire (intimate tourist encounters sometimes originate in racial stereotypes about the sexual performances of African men for example), but sexuality can also be a means to access cultural resources. By focusing on cultural transactions, the paper examines how, on the one hand, Western women engaged in intimate relations with African men discover local practices which are less accessible from ordinary tourist circuits, as their African boyfriends play the role of “cultural brokers” and teach them about local customs. On the other hand, this paper analyses to what extent, through intimacy, Western women also act as brokers, mobilizing their (cultural) skills for their partner by teaching him a foreign language or using their knowledge to formalize a business.

June 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm 1 comment

Sauti za Busara Festival, Feb. 12-15 2015 @ Old Fort, Stone Town – Zanzibar

Busara Sounds
Dates: February 12-15, 2015
Venue: Ngome Kongwe, Zanzibar
Ticket Information: VIP 245000 TSh, International 160000 TSh, EA Residents 60000 TSh and Tanzanians 10000 TSh

Artist’s from Kenya: Octopizzo, Sarabi Band and Bonaya Doti

Download 2015 Festival Programme [pdf]

All the info you need. RE: Visiting Zanzibar

February 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Sauti za Busara Festival, Feb. 12-15 2015 @ Ngome Kongwe – Zanzibar

Sauti za Busara
Dates: February 12-15, 2015
Venue: Ngome Kongwe, Zanzibar

Artist’s from Kenya: Octopizzo, Sarabi Band and Bonaya Doti

Line Up

Line Up: Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana/USA), Alikiba (Tanzania), Octopizzo and band (Kenya), Ihhashi Elimhlophe (South Africa), Tcheka (Cape Verde), Sarabi (Kenya), The Brother Moves On (South Africa), Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar), Ahamada Smis ‘Origines’ Trio (Comoros/France/Zanzibar), Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar/UK), Isabel Novella (Mozambique), Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania), Aline Frazão (Angola), Tsiliva (Madagascar), Leo Mkanyia and the Swahili Blues Band (Tanzania), Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar), Thaïs Diarra (Senegal/Mali/Switzerland), Liza Kamikazi and band (Rwanda), Erik Aliana (Cameroon), Bonaya Doti (Kenya), Mpamanga (Madagascar), Mgodro Group (Zanzibar), Djmawi Africa (Algeria), Rico Single & Swahili Vibes (Zanzibar), Zee Town Sojaz (Zanzibar), Ifa Band (Tanzania), Mwahiyerani (Tanzania), Loryzine (Réunion/France), Tunaweza Band (Tanzania), Mabantu Africa (Tanzania), Cocodo African Music (Tanzania), Kiki Kidumbaki (Zanzibar), DCMA Young Stars (Zanzibar), Capoeira Brazil Zanzibar (Zanzibar), Shirikisho Sanaa Group (Zanzibar), Babawatoto Centre (Tanzania) etc

All the info you need. RE: Visiting Zanzibar

January 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm 6 comments

Holiday Destinations – Serena Tanzania / Zanzibar: East African Festive Season Rates, Dec. 23 2014 – Jan. 1 2015

Dates: December 23, 2014 – January 1, 2014
Destination: Tanzania / Zanzibar
E. African Rates: on the Poster
Reservations: /

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge: Best of Tanzania according to Travel and Leisure Magazine (T+L)
Quick Facts on Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge: Located in Serengeti National Park, Home to the Big Five and Close to Ol Duvai site

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December 18, 2014 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

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