A Soundtrack To East Africa

Music plays an important part of East African life. Previously I didn’t need an alarm clock in my hotel room, the Tanzanian mambo dawn chorus handily woke me up every morning. Now in a slightly swish hotel “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Supervixen” push out the cobwebs.

With my favourite taxi driver he would on occasion get bored with driving and sit in the passenger seat while I navigated the maelstrom of Dar’s traffic. On the principle that the driver controls the music, off went Sheng FM onto Hendrix. Driving on the pavement past the local bobby to ‘Crosstown Traffic’ is an exhilarating experience, the same when you’re sitting in the back of a car driven by the Envaya team on the way to the dodgiest bar this side if the Equator.

Now for come caffè lattes to supercharge!

Written and submitted in the World Bank Offices, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (-6.81298, 39.29194)


Author: Mark Iliffe

Traveller, Programmer, Geospatialist and Motorcyclist

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