Welcome all to Sema Jambo!
Which simply means Say Hi in the Beautiful Language – Kiswahili!
Sema Jambo is about sharing these cultures, music and food with the rest of the world and opening the doors of Swahili-speaking countries to the world traveller.
Last July we officially launched our first Sema Jambo Gala Swahili Evening to celebrate ICONs of this Beautiful Language – Unsung Heroes who have created awareness of BeautifulSwahili through music, art, writing, dance and food – a first in the UK and probably in the World.
Join Us in Bringing Kiswahili to the Heart of London on World Kiswahili Day July 2024!
The Swahili people, recognized for their vibrant culture and historical importance, call the East African coast home, spanning from southern Somalia, the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania, to northern Mozambique. Their presence is felt as far as Comoros and the northern tip of Madagascar.
A mosaic of races, the Swahili people embody genetic influences from the Bantu, Arabs, Indians, Persians, and Portuguese.
Swahili, spoken by over 300 million individuals, stands as the most widely spoken African language. Also known as Kiswahili, it acts as the cohesive force uniting the diverse Swahili communities. Serving as a lingua franca across the region, Kiswahili facilitates communication among people of various ethnic backgrounds. Rooted in Bantu origins, the language has absorbed words and expressions from Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, and English, showcasing the history of trade and cultural exchange. Despite their relatively small numbers, the Swahili people’s impact through the widespread use of the Swahili language is immense.
Taarab music captures the essence of Swahili culture and history with its melodious tunes and poetic lyrics. Influenced by Arab and Indian music, its melodies and orchestration occasionally incorporate Western instruments such as guitars. Traditional dances, featuring sensual pelvic movements, are frequently performed at weddings and other festive occasions, serving as a vibrant expression of communal joy and unity.
Swahili culture is vividly portrayed in their vibrant attire, exemplified by the KANGA, also known as LESO. This brightly coloured garment is worn by both men and women within most Swahili households. The messages inscribed on them manifest Swahili collective knowledge and humour.
Swahili cuisine, influenced by Indian and Arabic cultures, stands as another representation of Swahili culture. Many meals rely on staple items, including rice, coconut, and spices.
Join Sema Jambo at the World Kiswahili Day Festivities in London from July 4th-7th.
For booking and partnership, visit: Sema Jambo
Sema Jambo, like our sister organisation, MTM Awards is about bringing diverse communities together.
World Kiswahili Day 2023!
The 7th of July was officially recognised as World Kiswahili Day by the United Nations in 2022.
To mark this day, MTM Awards with our partners at Bristol Black Carers, held the first Kiswahili Day celebrations at The River Room of the House of Lords, Westminster July 7th 2022.
Baroness Sandy Verma of the House of Lords hosted the event.
H.E Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland, was graciously our chief guest.
World Kiswahili Day 2024
World Kiswahili Day Festivities 2024!
July 4th – July 7th
All are invited!
Sherehe ya Siku ya Kiswahili Duniani 2023
Tarehe 7 Julai 2022 ilitangazwa rasmi na Umoja wa Mataifa kuwa Siku ya Kiswahili Duniani.
Tikiti zinapatikana MAPEMA katika jukwaa hili au upige simu kwa namba ya TIKETI ZA MAADHIMISHO YA KISWAHILI +447852100879