Förbjud plastpåsar! #plastriot

Ett annat exempel på saker och intryck man får när man reser. När jag och min man var i Tanzania så sa vår vän att de har förbjudit plastpåsar så i stället får man påsar i papp. Och då undrar jag: varför har vi fortfarande plastpåsar? Det hjälper ju tydligen inte att bara ta betalt för dem det blir ändå massa plastpåsar i onödan.

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(photo by Sofia Aslanidou)

//When we travelled to Tanzania our friend said that they don’t allow plastic bags so instead they have paper made. So why not just ban the plastic bags? What are we waiting for?

Second hand market in Tanzania

When me and my husband visited Tanzania to visit our friend Erik, he took us to a big second hand market outside of his town of residence, Moshi. The idea of second hand in Tanzania moved my curiosity.

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According to our friend the clothes in the market come from organisations as a humanitarian aid. The question is how the clothes then get to be sold to the markets like this? Well, he didn’t know but I’m curious!

Is it part of the aid to give people opportunity to sell the clothes and have a sort of income? Or is it that part of the clothes turn up in wrong places as a result of corruption?

The sad thing is that the second hand clothing that is available nowadays has replaced the textile industry of the country, he said. They made African fabrics that now are made in like Bangladesh.

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That doesn’t sound good to me at all! I really don’t think that transporting clothes so far away can be good for the environment. Of course in some situations aid in the form of concrete things like clothes, blankets and food is needed. Many of the organisations I shop second hand from sell the clothes they collect here and use the money for different projects. Or they give the opportunity for people in the area to get clothes for example if they are homeless. Shipping the clothes to other counties is very expensive and from what I know I haven’t seen that they do that.

Let me know if you know something on this topic!

// Lite reflektioner kirng den här second hand marknaden i Tanzania. Enligt vår vän är detta kläder som kommit som bistånd till landet. Dessvärre har de slagit ut den egna textilindustrin som främst var afrikanska tyger (med mönster).

Hur kommer kläderna ut på marknaden? Är det en del av korruption att kläderna hamnar i fel händer eller är det så att det är tanken att folk utan inkomster ska få möjlighet att tjäna pengar?

Vad jag känner till från second hand butiker i Sverige så verkar de flesta sälja kläderna här för att få pengar till olika projekt. Vissa organisationer ger möjlighet till tex hemlösa eller fattiga att få kläder via deras butiker. Att skicka stora mängder med kläder utomlands borde vara en tämligen dyr historia.

Jag är väldigt intresserad av detta ämne, om du vet mer kommentera gärna!

sauti za busara – African Music Festival- Tanzania

During our visit to Tanzania we went to the African Music Festival sauti za busara, taking place on Zanzibar. The festival area was inside the old fort of Stone Town. Me and my husband were there two of the festival days, Friday and Saturday.

One of the bands we saw on Friday was a Swedish (I know, right?) band called Tarabband, with a very charismatic singer. They played Arabic music mixed with other influences and it’s so interesting I think to listen to those kind of new versions of traditional music. I was very happy to have come all this way to discover a Swedish band! On their website they have the tag line: Arabic music from Sweden.

Apart from this band there were a lot of other awesome bands. One I really enjoyed was this artist called Wunmi. The music is described as afrobeat/dance and it was totally some groove in that music making you want to dance!

One of the bands playing:

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Here I pose inside the fort. On Saturday the weather was dry and hot, so it was possible to sit on the grass a while, of course later on just dance with the rest of our friends! And in this photo I wear a second hand bag, let’s not forget to mention.

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My sweet husband that gave me all the pictures from the festival from his phone to make this post (thanks!). And yes, it was a lovely festival as you can see from the pictures, you can almost feel the atmosphere.

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Oy was a spectacular band that are Berlin based, from Swiiss/Ghana (hello, multiculture). They were amazing. A drummer and a vocalist. The vocalist called Joy was working the loop pedal crazy! Oh, I loved it.

This technique is done with a loop pedal and gives you the opportunity to record layers of music and store them at different channels so you can loop them on stage. You can use microphone or other instruments of your choice. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be an instrument! You can record any “plonck” or “clonk” of your choice. After making a background with those layers you can sing the lead melody. The songs were also like storytelling and this band surely turned on curiosity. Also, I love seeing women approaching sound techniques, since I am such a nerd myself. 

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// Här kommer massa bilder från festivalen på Zanzibar. Som ni ser en liten festival med en scen, vilket bidrog till mysig stämning. För mig stod tre band ut:

Oy, ett Berlin baserat band med rötter i Österrike och Ghana. Trummor och en vocalist som hade en loop pedal. Det blev väldigt häftigt. Kul med kvinnor som använder sig av sådana tekniker.
Wunmi, ett afrobeat/dance nummer, som var väldigt dansant.
Tarabband, ett svenskt band som spelar arabisk musik. Bra orientalisk musik i ny tappning och en väldigt karismatisk sångerska.

Back

Just back from a travel, I was in Tanzania in Afrika. A little cold broke out they day after we arrived back home.

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Avocado drink in Zanzibar

I’m thinking to add a category of travelling to the blog as I know many enjoy it as well. It can also be an inspiration for music or thoughts about different societies.

What do you think?
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Nyligen hemkommen från en resa I Tanzania och dragit på mig en liten förkylning.

Skulle vara kul med en ny kategori som handlar om resor?