Tinga Tinga Tales

Tinga Tinga Art Coming Live on Television

Why does a Crocodile have bumps on his back? Why does the Zebra have stripes?

Why does a Elephant have a trunk?

A crew of more than 50 African animators, illustrators, artists, designers, editors, audio technicians, production staff and musicians will bring a show together called Tinga Tinga Tales.

52 x 11 minute episodes will be told in a traditional storytelling way of how the African animals came to be.

Tinga Tinga Tales will be live on the BBC network – Cbeebies, UK, in February 2010.

Produced on location in Kenya, the show draws upon the inspiring talent of local artists and musicians and is expertly computer-animated using beautiful, hand-painted imagery.

Tingatinga Art is primarily produced and sold from East Africa. The artist's often paints bright colored folk like animated animals.

Tinga Tinga artwork originated from African artist Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga in 1960 in Tanzania.

Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga was a self taught painter, with only 4 years of primary school education. He was just starting to receive recognition for his square board-paintings, when his life was cut short in 1972, Eduardo was mistaken for a fleeing thief and fatally shot by the police. Before he died he started to attracted young followers wanting to imitate his style.

After his passing, the Tingtinga Arts Co-Operative Society was formed (TACS).

Located in Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam.

Members of TACS have taught many artists who have gone on to become recognized masters in their field. Some painters have moved to other parts of Tanzania and even abroad. No matter where these artists reside they remain linked to each other and to their homeland by family, friendship and, of course, their beautiful artwork.

Traditional Tingatinga Art is painted using bright enamel bicycle paint, making these paintings extremely hardy to last a life time. You will not see this style of art painted any where else in the world.

Tingatinga Art is extremely popular with tourists, which has become commonly known as "Airport Art"

Children will be fascinated of how the animals came to be. Tinga Tinga Tales, is mystical and magical filled with education, laughter and joy.

Coming soon weekdays 4.10pm on TV, Cbeebies.

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    TingaTinga African Art

    A wonderful collection of Tingatinga Art. Primarily from the Tingatinga Co-Operative Arts Society.


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