MAMA YANGU: THE MAKING OF THE VIDEO IN ZANZIBAR

“Mama Yangu” is my English/Swahili song, which I wrote as a dedication to the mothers of the world.

Mama Yangu, the official video.

I chose to sing it mainly in Swahili (the official language of many East African countries), because of Mother Africa, where human beings come from, (The Great Rift Valley).

Therefore the best place where to shoot the video was indeed in an East African country. More specifically, in Zanzibar, which is a major island of Tanzania.

I asked the guys, who shot the video, to advise me a great place where I could shoot in a typical Zanzibari village where mothers and children live.

Me, singing surrounded by curry leaves at the spice farm.

We ended up at the Kisimbani Spice Farm.

We kindly asked the mothers of the small village if we could film them and their children, and they thankfully agreed.

shooting in the village.

It was a really humid and hot weather for my European genes…but it was truly an unforgettable experience.

I really got to see how these people live their everyday lives. The children go to a public school near by, while the mothers take care of the household. They have a really simple life with no stress, they are always together surrounded by family. Everyone has their own role within the small community. The crew was really good at capturing the everyday lives of the village.

Me with my little friend sitting in their kitchen. They were cooking manioca leaves.

The best part was probably between takes while we were in the small village. The crew and I were sitting on a bench and suddenly a very curious, but brave little boy came closer to us to see what we were all about. Then every few minutes other little children approached us to see what we were doing.

Within a few minutes we were surrounded by a dozen little faces with really curious expressions.

These are the adorable curious little children of the village.

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