Tanzania Street Art

Abigail is originally from Indiana, but currently teaches at an international school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Addicted to adventure, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, cycling, playing sports, and experimenting with photography. Abigail blogs of loving God, loving people, and loving life. While she’s in Africa, she graciously offered to do a street art tour for the readers of Uncustomary Art! Come take a look!

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art

As I enter my final six months of living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, I want to capture in photographic memories the beautiful city that I now call home. This city explodes with color and life. Its street art offers only a small glimpse into the natural beauty of this coastal city.

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
Bright colors adorning a dismal grey block wall

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
An entire wall of paintings on the wall surrounding Dar’s Alliance Francais and EU Info Point

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
My favorite of the paintings on the wall around the Alliance Francais

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
Finding its origins in Dar es Salaam, Tinga Tinga is a style of painting that makes use of several layers of bicycle paint (originally, anyway) and often caricatures of animals or people. Walls and walls of Tinga Tinga paintings hanging for sale line many of Dar es Salaam’s streets.

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
In Dar es Salaam’s City Centre, many of the roundabouts feature sculptures such as this one.

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
Each of the roundabouts is like a mini-oasis in what can otherwise seem like just a busy, dirty, and crowded city.

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
The sculptures are repurposed metal waste, restructured to reflect the life and beauty to be found in Tanzania.

Street Art Tour: Tanzania | Uncustomary Art
One of the shopping centers in Dar es Salaam includes this building, where the overhang is painted with Tinga Tinga style murals.

Isn’t that awesome? It’s always fun to see the street art of other cities, but a peek into a city in Africa is way cool! If you’re interested in doing a street art tour of your city, please get in contact with me via e-mail. Thanks again, Abigail! Be sure to check out her blog to get more insight on life in Tanzania, and tell her I sent you!