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Daniel Augusta, the owner of the website with Martina Tingatinga, the only surviving child of Edward Saidi Tingatinga. Martina who is living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was her father, who started the artistic movement Tinga Tinga.

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Daniel Augusta made also the following websites about African art:

www.Afrum.com

www.TingaTinga.org

www.TingaTinga.info

www.Lilanga.org

Tinga Tinga ChiefdomFROM TINGA TINGA CHIEFDOM TO EDWARD SAIDI TINGATINGA

Tinga Tinga was one of the last chiefdoms which succeeded to resist the Portugeese rule in southern Mozambique. However, in 1730 the Portugeese sent a military expedition to Tinga Tinga and killed the chief Tinga Tinga Kuambo. The Tinga Tinga chiefdom dissolved and the people seeked refugee in other parts of Mozambique.

About 140 years later, around 1870, the name Tinga Tinga reappeared again. A man known by the name "Tinga Tinga Namoli" was born near the river Ruvuma which marks the border between Mozambique and Tanzania. He married a woman, Kawale Makojo and they got 6 children. The second child called Saidi Tinga Tinga became the father of the famous painter Edward Saidi Tingatinga, hence the Tinga Tinga art.


FROM THE NDONDE MURAL TRADITION TO THE MODERN TINGA TINGA PAINTINGS

Tinga Tinga Ndonde HutTingatinga family or clan belongs to the Ndonde tribe, one of the smallest tribes in Africa. It has only about 15.000 members. The tribe is spread in just five villages deep in the forest which borders to the biggest game reserve in Africa - Selous. The Tingatinga family comes from Ngapa. Unlike the other tribes found in the region, the Ndonde tribe decorates the walls of their huts with paintings until today.

Only one member of this Ndonde community reached the big city Dar es Salaam and transfered the Ndonde mural tradition on ceiling boards using the enamel colours. He signed the paintings produced in the city by his Ndonde name Tingatinga. Soon people started to call these paintings as Tinga Tinga paintings. It was around 1970.


Mzee Pundugu and Mwalimu Nyerere1972 - ANOTHER DISASTER FOR THE TINGA TINGA CHIEFDOM

During his lifetime, Edward Saidi Tingatinga became a very famous artist. But on 17 May 1972, Edward Tingatinga was killed in a police shootings as he was mistaken for a thief. He left behind two small children. When they grew up, they realized that the name Tingatinga was used by other artists, especially from the Makua tribe.

And this is the reason why we never linked the origin of the Tinga Tinga art to the Ndonde mural tradition. The Makua painters provided a narative of Mr.Tingatinga's life only from the viewpoint of his maternal side of the family. Mr.Tingatinga's mother indeed belonged to the Makua tribe which counts about 3 milion people. The Makua atists got a vast network and resources to advance the Tinga Tinga art as their own.

Therefore, all researchers came to look for the origin of the Tinga Tinga art within the Makua community. But they didn't find any mural paintings there. It took not less than 37 years after the death of E.S.Tingatinga, when the Ndonde community was visited and the first Ndonde mural paintings were discovered. The relatives of Edward Saidi Tingatinga from the Ndonde tribe continues to paint on the hut walls deep in the forest until today.

COMMERCIAL TINGA TINGA ART VERSUS THE TRADITIONAL TINGA TINGA ART

This website presents the art works of the traditional Tinga Tinga painters for the first time in history. The mural art from Africa in general is very rich and has a long history. The first paintings were observed by the explorers like Karl Weule in 1906. The mural art was probably practised for many hundreds of years but yet never exposed to the public.

Mr.Tingatinga, as the single person from the Ndonde tribe reached the city of Dar es Salaam, he continued to create art as his community did in the villages in southern Tanzania. But when he suddenly died, his art was widely copied. We could call it a commercial Tinga Tinga art. But at the same time, a traditional Tinga Tinga art is carried on in the villages far from Dar es Salaam. The commercial and the traditional Tinga Tinga art lived parallell lives and never interacted with each other since E.S.Tingatinga death.

We know well the commercial Tinga Tinga art. But we know little about the traditional Tinga Tinga art. The research is still carried on but already now a few art works can be shown below.