Well, wow. That about sums things up for the first half of our safari. In this entry we’ll touch on why we’re visiting Africa, and what we’ve experienced so far.
Our Safari so far
Tanzania has to be one of the most beautiful, abundant, and ecologically diverse places this project has taken us. Last week we told you about where we were going, and what we hoped we would see. We’re here to tell you we would certainly recommend a Tanzanian Safari if you’re interested in an African adventure. We’ve explored parts of Tarangire National Park, and the Ngorongo Crater, with the help of our exceptional guides at Timbuktu Travel. Next up, the Serengeti!
Our team has toured many terrains in the short time we’ve been here in Africa. We’ve traversed a massive crater, bogs, marshes and wetlands. As well as rolling hills, and immense grasslands. Our team has come across several volcanoes, both active and dormant, in our time working on Gimme The Beat. Nothing quite compares to the three gargantuan cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira that make up Kilamanjaro. Kilamanjaro is a dormant volcano, and the largest mountain in Africa. Needless to say we’ve been more than humbled by the landscapes this incredible continent offers.
As for animals, we’ve ticked a few off the list! We are lucky enough to say we have seen: elephant, lion, wild boar, monkey, flamingo, ostrich, buffalo, giraffe and hippopotamus. The team has also had the privilege of observing a lot of these animals interacting with their young! Who doesn’t love baby animals!?
So why Africa?
Scientists have shown us that Africa is where mankind first evolved. The oldest Homo sapien remains date back 300,000 years and are traced back to the continent. Thus, it only makes sense that some of the worlds first rhythms and drums came from here as well.
Africa is such a large place, and we have so much to soak in, we needed to make an initial trip for dialogue and B reel footage. We anticipate being back on this continent sometime in the near future. When we return to Africa we intend to spend our time speaking with people about the traditional drums of Africa.
As you may have gleaned from our previous entries and posts we aim to discuss the use of percussion in communication, ceremony, as a creative outlet, and as an intriguing pass time. Some traditional African drums include dejembe, shekeres, talking drums, bougarabous, ashikos and tantams to name a few. We’ll share more on some of these drums, and the genre of bongo flava next Thursday.
Additionally we will have three of our team heading down to California next week. Follow along for an insiders look at the NAMM show.