Theatre: Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical is Back

Theatre: Tinga Tinga Tales - The Musical is Back

For a whole month, yes, this September 2018, bring your family and come find out why does the giraffe have a long neck? And why does the hippo have no hair?

Fairmont The Norfolk Nairobi, Tuesday 19 June 2018 – What would make the return of Kenya’s beloved musical, Tinga Tinga Tales such a compelling deal in the 2018 arts calendar you ask? Money aside. Heck, with a production funding by Safaricom and Dalbit Petroleum on behalf of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, with support from Kenya Airways and The Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Kenya, you definitely know it is going to be a top-notch affair.

For us, it is the names! Tinga Tinga Tales has enlisted some of Kenya’s top actors, musicians and creatives.  The cast includes national icon Eric Wainaina, soul diva Atemi Oyungu, actor Elsaphan Njora, Eddie Kimani, Alvan Gatitu, Ray Kibet, Miriam Macharia, Kendi Nkonge and Karimi Wamae Rimbui. The band includes Benjamin Kabaseke, Victor Kimetto, Marvin Maveke, Ted Mwangi, Tetu Shani and Chris Adwar.

Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical was first produced in April 2016 at the Elephant, Lavington. It’s a gloriously interactive and raucous show where Monkey and his larger-than-life Tinga animal friends leap onto the stage from the pages of the beloved books and the popular international cartoon series.

‘’We are totally thrilled to be bringing Tinga Tinga Tales the Musical back. This time it’s bigger and better than ever! Taking the show to New York and celebrating Kenya… Kenyan talent, Kenyan culture, Kenyan wildlife and Kenya the country… is simply the cherry on top of the cake. The Tinga Troupe will also introduce Benji the Brave Bongo, icon of Mountt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy to a host of children around the world to help save animals and campaign for conservation’, said producer and writer Claudia Lloyd.  Dalbit Petroleum presented a cheque for Shs 8 million on behalf of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.

Cast of Kenyan creatives loved playing African folk tale characters. Image Credited to Margaretta's Jua Kali Diary

Cast of Kenyan creatives loved playing African folk tale characters. Image Credited to Margaretta’s Jua Kali Diary

Due to popular demand, Tinga Rain Productions, announced last night at The Fairomont Norfolk Hotel they are bringing back Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical in September 2018 at the Kenya National Theatre.   Kenya’s all singing, all dancing production will run for a spectacular month, before the cast and crew transfer to Broadway, New York, USA in October 2018.

The producers have signed a two-week run to showcase Kenyan talent at the New Victory Theatre, New York City’s first and only full-time performing arts theatre for kids and their families. Tinga Tinga Tales on Broadway will run from 13-21 October 2018.

Kenyan theatre lovers and their families will get a chance to come and sing and dance with the Tinga Tinga crew at the National Theatre, Nairobi from 1 – 30 September.  A total of 41 performances will be run, including special school performances at 10am.  Exclusive shows are also available for corporates to entertain their staff and customers.

*Tickets will be available from  School groups and Corporate evenings can be arranged through Tinga Rain Productions.