Feb 17, 2010

Kenya's Tinga Tinga Tales

Kenya's Homeboyz Entertainment has developed and is producing a sweet and beautiful children's series called Tinga Tinga Tales. This is a trailer for the series, which has been picked up by Disney and the BBC Children's broadcasting agency, CBeebies. The Homeboyz Animation studio, a sub-company of HB Entertainment, seems remarkable in it's ability to succeed, given the sad state of Kenya's economy, where basic daily needs are hard to come by.

Watch a BBC news clip that takes a look at Homeboyz Animation and their Tinga Tinga Tales.


  1. Tinga Tinga is the brand of Tanzania, E.S.Tingatinga was born here and his family is painting Tinga Tinga every day. As the Tinga Tinga painters from Tanzania see it, they have been just cheated and exploited. And the lawyers agree, I quote just one from Norway: Worst case - Part of a Tanzanian cultural heritage is sold out of the country! The African painters have been developing the Tinga Tinga brand for 40 years. Until now they have sold different products under the name Tinga Tinga. But now they can´t use the brand. They can´t even publish a book with their own stories and call it Tinga Tinga! No one would dare to trademark "Walt Disney Tales", use the Mickey Mouse in it and then air it around the world. But with the African brands and designs everything is possible

  2. The term "Tinga Tinga" was not a Tanzanian brand at any time. The claim of Daniel Augusta is wrong. The name "Tinga Tinga" never has played a role also in the international art-scene. The only correct name is the term Tingatinga (art, paintings etc.) which is a tribute to the founder of this East African art trend named Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga who died 1972. Currently only the word combination "Tinga Tinga Tales" is a registered trademark in some countries and belongs to the company Tiger Aspect Production from UK. The background of this is of interest. Some just stupid and greedy people of the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society (TACS) in Dar es Salaam/Tanzania sold to this company the usufruct of the words "Tinga Tinga". That therefore is remarkable because the TACS neither was and is the owner of the right of this term and also only a few Tingatinga artists are represented by the TACS. But exactly this organization, that arranged a bad contract without consultation of experts, now spreads the fairy-tale of the "sale of Tanzanian cultural heritage". What is the truth? No East African artist will get any problems to use the correct and long time introduced term "Tingatinga" for his art style, for paintings, for books etc. No artist should use "Tinga Tinga". It harms himself and creates confusion. The TACS finally should stop to complain the term "Tinga Tinga" for itself. No artist should hope that the TV series "Tinga Tinga Tales" causes positive for the Tingatinga art. This TV production and the entire merchandising around happens on a market, on which African art-styles and artists don't have anything to win. It is nonsense to suggest African artists can find "honey and money" in the childish "Disney World" which is made believe us by unscrupulous businessmen. But it would not be surprising, if in one or two years the whole hype about "Tinga Tinga Tales" is past.

  3. why are people complaining...had they registered it? shenzi type. they just jealous they din cash in..looserz.