Three Pop Culture Icons I Didn’t Expect To See in Tanzany

I keep running into these.  At least in Dar. 

  1. Che Guevara.  We’ve seen his famous profile on bumper stickers, t-shirts, posters.  Seems to be particularly popular with bujaji (motorized rickshaws) and dalah-dalah (bus) drivers.
  2. Wham!  I’ve heard “Careless Whispers” at least six times over the past three weeks on different radio stations.  And these were in some unlikely, non-mizungo places. 
  3. Freddie Mercury.  Turns out he was born in Zanzibar and lived there until his mid-teens before his parents emigrated.

 I have no idea what it all means.  Particularly the George Michaels popularity.

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