Children's Songs and Games in Tanzania

January 15, 2019 / By: Allison C. Schutte

Recognizing the benefits of a classroom that embraces and examines diverse cultures, this collection of songs and games provides a window into the musical heritage of children in the Bukoba area of Northwest Tanzania. This resource includes 50 songs and games with Swahili or Haya lyrics, transcribed melodies, translations, game directions, and actions. Teachers, parents, young adults, and children were interviewed about music from their childhood, and contextual notes and background accompany each piece. The music can be a tool for educators and their students to better understand the musical culture of children in the Kagera Region of Tanzania.