Swahili Culture and Language

Common Swahili Children’s Names

Boys’ Names Baakin, Maalik, Azaan, Jaafar, Kitunzi, Rafiki, Taalib, Zahir, Akbar, Akili, Amani, Asani, Baraka, Chacha, Dajan, Hamdaan, Jasiri, Jelani, Kasim, Khalifa, Kinago, Lali, Malik, Nyuni, Rasul Girls’ Names Sanaa, Nia, Taabu, Aisha, Akilah, Bahati, Saada, Shani, Ajia, Saadiya, Safiya, Zakiya, Zari, Habeedah, Amani, Bahiya, Basma, Bishara, Chane, Dada, Dhakiya, Imani, Jahi, Jasira, Kadija  

Swahili Traditional Music and Instruments

Dance, music and musical instruments all play a role in the Swahili culture.  The different regions have different dances, songs and instruments.  However, many of the traditional instruments are percussion and include variations of the following: The Taarab is a popular genre of music descended from Islamic roots, using instruments from Africa (percussion), Europe (guitar), …

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Swahili History

Between 1000-1800 A.D., many different people migrated to Africa and the eastern part of this country. The Bantu from the Congo or the Niger Delta Basin were the first to arrive, followed by the Luo from Bahr el Ghazel in Southern Sudan and then the Ngoni from Southern Africa. The Bantu-speaking groups include the Baganda, Banyoro, …

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Swahili Cuisine

Swahili culture is heavily influenced by others, the foods are an influence of other cultures, as well. Indian, Arabic and European dishes are eaten and  they may be changed a little from the original tastes, sometimes due to religious reasons.  Fish, tropical fruits and spices are common Swahili foods.

About Swahili Culture

Language and Geography The Swahili language or Kiswahili is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups who live along the large stretches of the Mozambique Channel coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique.  Closely related languages and dialects are spoken in the Comoros Islands and Somalia.  The language was first written with the Arabic script.  …

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