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Tinga Tinga Tales

Created for a global audience of 3 to 6 year olds and inspired by traditional African Folktales and the Tingatinga art of Tanzania, Tinga Tinga Tales opens up a fantastical world of colour, characters and transformation.

Based upon animal creation stories from all over the African continent, Tinga Tinga Tales brings to life tall tales of how your favourite animals came to be the way they are today.

It’s a world where you can fly too close to the sun, jump off clouds, and summon musical storms; where you can sing and dance with the dawn chorus, or fall asleep under the Tinga stars. A magical world where animals transform before your very eyes!

You can watch Tinga Tinga Tales on CBeebies (BBC). In the UK, showtimes are Thursdays at 5pm and Weekdays at 5:35pm. DVDs are also available here.

You can meet the animals, view videos and find fun activities on the Tinga Tinga Tales website here.

Where Tinga Tinga Tales comes from
The show was visually inspired by the Tingtinga art of Tanzania, hence the name Tinga Tinga Tales.

The Tingatinga artists paint wonderful animals in bright colours with an intricate use of pattern and design. The Tingatinga collective grew from the work of one man – Eduard Saidi Tingatinga – over 40 years ago. Now there are over 700 Tingatinga artists in Tanzania. Tiger Aspect is working with artistes from the Tingatinga Arts Co-Operative based at Morogoro Store in Dar es Salaam.

Produced on location in Kenya by Tiger Aspect Productions in conjunction with Homeboyz Entertainment, the show draws upon the inspiring talent of local artists and musicians and is expertly computer animated using beautiful, hand-painted imagery.