Sunday, October 30

Letters from Sahara showing this Wednesday @ Nafasi Artspace

As always, Nafasi Artspace are bringing us a phenomenal film, this time an Italian/Senegalese coproduction called Letters from Sahara.

Friday, October 21

"Little Gem" Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets on sale at all “A Novel Idea" bookshops,
only 15,000/- each

Sometimes it’s laugh out loud funny, sometimes it moves you to tears: Little Gem is the story of three women, their lives, their loves, their losses.

Reviews.“Elaine Murphy's delightful first play more than lives up to its title. Its quiet ordinariness is part of its appeal. Telling the story of three generations of women from a single Dublin family, seen over the course of a year, it takes the form of entwined monologues that teasingly build a complex and touching portrait of these women's unremarkable but fully lived lives.” Lyn Gardener, The Guardian “Lovely, life-affirming work…one of those rare plays that leave you feeling better about life when you leave the theatre than you did when you entered.” Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

A summary of the play from the reviews:
Lively teenager Amber, recently out of school and working in a call centre, is besotted with her new boyfriend Paul and fond of a night on the sambuca in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Her mother, Lorraine, is a shop assistant, long abandoned by her feckless, thieving junkie of a husband. She is suffering from depression and mild OCD and is counselled by her “head doctor” to do one “nice thing for herself each week” so she takes up salsa dancing and meets a chap. The third character is Amber’s granny and Lorraine’s mother, Kay, trying to cope with the fact that her beloved husband Gem has recently suffered a stroke. She deeply misses their former sex life.

Thursday, October 20

C.P.U. Launch coming up in for TZ film fanatics

C.P.U. The film. 

Sauda Simba, who plays the lead character, Maria Isabella in C.P.U., says "I'm really excited to be part of a project that is dedicated to a high quality -- It is definitely a production that will raise the bar in the industry across Africa and beyond."

From the Youtube description, in Kiswahili: 

Imetayarishwa na Haakneel Production wakishirikiana Wegos Works, ikiogozwa na Karabani, kuandikwa na Novatus Mugurusi.
C.P.U. Ni aina ya filamu ya kipelelezi yaani "Investigative story" ikiwa inazungumzia kitengo kilichoundwa kwa ajili ya kufuatilia na kutatua matatizo mbali mbali wakati jukumu lao la kwanza ni kufuatilia juu ya mtoto mchanga aliyeokotwa pasipo kufahamika ni wa nani. Hivyo Maria Isabela (Sauda Simba) anateuliwa na serikali kuongoza timu hiyo, katika hilo inabidi awashawishi watakao msaidia ambao ni Alex Kibera (Nkwabi Juma) jambazi suguanayetumikia kifungo cha miaka 30 jela, David Kifati (Steven Sandhu) mtaalamu wa kompyuta na kijana mwenye uelewa mkubwa ambaye anatoka katika familia bora na anayependa anasa.
Pia kuna Rehema Mlaki (Subira Wahure) akiigiza kama msichana anyefanya kazi ya uwakili wa kujitegemea. Wanaanza kazi ya kwanza ambayo kiujumla ni yenye misukosuko na inayohitaji umakini wa hali ya juu kwa kuwa ni ya hatari sana hasa wanapokabiliana na mtu kama Jibaba (Mobby Mpambala) mmiliki wa danguro kubwa hapa jijini na mzoefu wa biashara haramu.

The launch event, which promises to be remarkable, will be in late November. 

Are you going to be there? 

Monday, October 3

Supporting Tanzanian and African Musicians, gig by gig, CD by CD...

The live scene is picking up in Dar.. Maisha Music, Caracas and MLab have all recently had excellent live gigs featuring local and visiting musicians, shaking it up with something new.. We are ncouraging all to come out and support live music wherever you can find it! 

Supporting local musicians at live gigs is one of our ways of giving back.. 

Another way is to buy their original CDs.  

Check our Blog from time to time for current info on the Cultural level.  Also check out the blog of our partner Mandugu Digital  for some of their latest audio and video releases... 

Thanks for your support and LET'S DO THIS!

Below is a selection of local CDs available at  A Novel Idea Bookshops in Dar, Arusha, Zanzibar and Iringa. 

* currently Tuimbe Pamoja is out of stock and on reorder.  We are adding new Children's CDs to our  selection soon.