Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FFU wa Ngoma Africa band Jino kwa Jino na washabiki wa
Africa & Carebbean Festival, Frankfurt ,jumamosi 6.08.2011
"Bongo Tambarare" bado inapasua anga mtandaoni !
Maelefu ya washabiki mjini Frankfurt wanatarajiwa kuvaana uso kwa uso, jino kwa jino na bendi maarufu ya muziki wa dansi barani Ulaya "Ngoma Africa band" katika onyesho kubwa la kimataifa la "Africa & Carebbean Festival,litakalo fanyika katika viwanja vya Robestock Park, mjini Frankfurt,Ujerumani siku ya jumamosi 6.08.2011,ambako kamanda Ras Makunja wa FFU ataongoza kikosi chake jukwaani, bendi hiyo yenye utajili wa washabiki na wanamziki wenye vipaji miongoni mwao akiwemo mpiga solo gitaa Chris-B.
Ngoma Africa band wanatamba na nyimbo yao mpya ambayo ni zawadi ya miaka 50 uhuru, nyimbo hiyo "Bongo Tambarare" inasikika katika kambi ya FFU at www.ngoma-africa.com au http://www.ngoma-africa.com

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New York state celebrates first same-sex marriage

Wedding fever hit New York on Sunday, as hundreds of gay and lesbian couples lined up to be married on the first day that same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

In western New York, two grandmothers became the state's first legally wed same-sex couple, one month after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a lawmaking New York the nation's sixth, and largest, state to allow gay marriage.
Kitty Lambert, 54, and Cheryle Rudd, 53, from Buffalo, New York, were married just after midnight at Niagara Falls' State Park's Luna Island, with the traditional honeymoon capital Niagara Falls as a backdrop.
Lambert, an art gallery manager, choked up during the religious service, answering "Yes, yes, yes!" when asked if she was making the choice of her own free will.
"We're achieving that real American dream to be treated like everybody else and be protected under all those laws," Lambert said later.
The women danced on stage after being married to pop star Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory."
In New York City, couples and their families and friends formed a line around the block to be married at Manhattan's marriage bureau.
The first to be wed were Phyllis Siegel, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85. The couple, who have been together for 23 years, emerged triumphant from the city clerk's office, and Kopelov, in a wheelchair, brandished their marriage certificate as a crowd of supporters cheered.
"I am breathless," Siegel said. "I am happy."
Officials, expecting a rush of gay couples wanting to get married, initially set a lottery capping the number of marriages on Sunday to 764 couples but later accepted all 823 couples across all five city boroughs.
Douglas Robinson, 60, and Michael Elsasser, 56, said they were particularly happy because their two adopted sons, Zachary and Justin, were there to support them as they got married.
"The state recognizes us as a real family now," Robinson, who works at a bank, said, adding "even though we've always known we were a family.
"The next step is to get full equal rights with the federal government," Robinson said.
New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn told reporters she is planning her own wedding with longtime partner Kim Catullo but not before next year. Quinn, who is widely expected to run for mayor, said the marriages were a triumph for human rights.
"Marriage equality is alive and well in every borough in New York City," she said.
Speaking on ABC television's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour" program, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he saw the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York as boosting momentum for its passage in other states.
New York is the sixth and largest U.S. state to allow gay marriage. Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia also do so.
"It's going to grow very rapidly, partially because New York is such a bellwether and so visible and so when we do something a lot of people, they don't necessarily copy it, but they look to see whether it would be appropriate for them as well," he said.
Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois and New Jersey have approved gay civil unions, and gay marriage is specifically banned in 39 states.
Civil liberties activists say New York's legalization of same-sex marriage sends a message to Congress that it must repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
"New York is sending a powerful message to the rest of the nation today as we once again lead the way for equal rights," said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat.
The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law in 1996 by Democratic President Bill Clinton. President Barack Obama has said he would support a bill meant to repeal the law.
The law prohibits same-sex couples from receiving marriage-based federal benefits such as Social Security survivor benefits, health benefits and the right to file taxes jointly.
Officials estimate legalizing gay marriage would add some $400 million to New York's strained economy over the next three years.
Bloomberg, who had pushed for same-sex marriage, is set to officiate at the marriage of two men who belong to his City Hall inner circle at Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence, later on Sunday.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Breaking newzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FFU wa Ngoma Africa Band waanza Shamra shamra za miaka 5O ya uhuru mapema!!!!!!!! na kasi kubwa !
 Bendi maarufu ya mziki wa dansi baranu ulaya Ngoma Africa band aka FFU, wamestua ulimwengu kwa kurusha hewani wimbo mpya uliobeba jina la "Bongo Tambarare" kama mojawapo ya mwanzo wa shamra shamra za kuelekea katika sherehe za miaka 50 ya Uhuru !
Wimbo huo "Bongo Tambarare" utunzi wake kiongozi wa bendi hiyo kamanda Ras Makunja,akiimba kwa kushirikiana na Christian Bakotessa aka Chris-B,aka"Mshenzi" wa gitaa la solo, wimbo unasikika katika kambi ya FFU at www.ngoma-africa.com  wimbo huu ni salam za mwanzo tu kutoka bendi hiyo watanzania wote popote walipo, lakini bendi hiyo itaipua jikoni vitu vipya rasmi katika siku za usoni,hili kuhakikisha umma wa wananchi wa Tanzania na marafaki wote wanapata burudani kamili hisiyo na mfano. Usikose kusikiliza "Bongo Tambarare" ya watanzania at www.ngoma-africa.com pia unaweza ku Log In

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Riots in Malawi as protesters demand Mutharika leave

Riots broke out in several cities in Malawi Wednesday after police and the army tried to disperse protesters demanding the resignation of President Bingu wa Mutharika, whom they accuse of ignoring civil liberties and damaging the economy.
In the southern African nation's capital, Lilongwe, witnesses said smoke was billowing into the sky as protesters burned cars, offices and shops belonging to ministers and politicians from Mutharika's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Troops were deployed on the streets of the normally sleepy commercial capital, Blantyre, and police fired teargas at marchers who had gathered outside the stock exchange in defiance of a court order.
"The earlier injunction has been withdrawn and we're proceeding on the planned route of the demonstration but sadly we're being smoked by teargas," Gift Makhwawa, president of the Malawi Law Society, told Reuters.
Police spokesman Willie Mwaluka said security forces were on high alert to curb the unprecedented wave of unrest in the landlocked former British colony.
"We are assessing the situation as it unfolds. Right now I don't have any confirmed figures of arrests, and extent of property damage," he said.
Marchers in the northern city of Mzuzu ransacked the DPP's offices in a rare show of defiance against Mutharika, a former World Bank economist who was first elected in 2004 and who has presided over six years of pacy but aid-funded economic growth.
However, the sheen has come off this year as Mutharika has become embroiled in a diplomatic row with Britain, Malawi's biggest donor, over a leaked embassy cable that referred to him as "autocratic and intolerant of criticism."
After the expulsion of its ambassador to Lilongwe, Britain kicked out Malawi's representative in London and suspended aid worth $550 million over the next four years.
The freeze has left a yawning hole in the budget of a country that has historically relied on handouts for 40 percent of its revenues, and intensified a dollar supply crunch that is threatening the kwacha's peg at 150 to the greenback.
Despite mounting commercial pressure on the currency and repeated calls from the likes of International Monetary Fund for a devaluation, Mutharika has vowed to stand firm.
"We are not off-track. It is the IMF which is off-track in Malawi," he said in a lecture broadcast on state media on Wednesday.
"When other developed countries are receiving bail-outs, what we get in Malawi are demands to devalue our currency.
J.Lo Single Again!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

School of Public Policy Building Bridges
Tanzanian Student Wins Research Award

Emmanuel SulleMost young people in Tanzania have never heard of the Maryland School of Public Policy. But through the generosity of those who saw the promise in Emmanuel Sulle, he has completed his first year of studies at the School and has also won the Conservation Research in Eastern Africa’s Threatened Ecosystems (CREATE) Research Award from the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Sulle will study the impact of microcredit institutions (in this case Community Conservation Banks) which are in place within the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania. Sulle will conduct the field research in Tanzania during the winter break of 2011-2012.

"Emmanuel is a wonderful example of the School's bridge across the oceans--of using the tools of public policy to improve the quality of life and to make a big impact on the world," says MSPP Dean Don Kettl.

Sulle was working as a Research Associate at the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum when he was encouraged by Professor Robert Nelson to apply to the MSPP program. Nelson’s son Fred, who worked 12 years in Tanzania on wildlife conservation, had worked with Sulle on two research studies – most recently the published report on “Biofuels, land access and rural livelihoods in Tanzania”.

“We need more people like Emmanuel,” said Bob Nelson, who also serves as Sulle’s informal mentor. “Unfortunately, they are hard to identify.”

Sulle is currently in Tanzania collaborating with the Maliasili Initiatives to undertake two research projects on “Wildlife Management Areas and Pastoralist Livelihoods: An Assessment,” and “Analysis from Northern Tanzania and Community-based Conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara Corridor: An Assessment of Existing Models and Experiences.”

“Emmanuel is in a position to take his MSPP education and make a serious policy impact in Tanzania,” says MSPP Student Affairs Assistant Director, Taryn Faulkner.

Sulle earned his BA in Economics from St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) in 2008. He has carried out a variety of research projects commissioned by, or in collaboration with MISERIOR-Germany, Fulbright, Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, Sand County Foundation, and Health and Development International Consultants. He has authored and co-authored a number of research reports on tourism revenue transparency, wildlife management areas, as well as biofuels, land access, and rural livelihoods in Tanzania.

“I am interested to see rational use of natural resources as a tool for poverty reduction in developing countries,” Sulle said.

Friday, July 15, 2011



Hatimaye Bendera ya Sudan Kusini Yapepea!!!

The flag of South Sudan flies after the United Nations General Assembly voted on South Sudan's membership to the United Nations in New York

Thursday, July 14, 2011

That in Libya:
- Loans to citizens are given with NO interest.
- Students would get paid the average salary for the profession they are studying for.

- If you are unable to get employment, the state would pay the full salary as if you were employed until you find employment.

- When you get married, the couple gets an apartment or house for free from the Government.

- You could go to college anywhere in the world. The state pays 2,500 euros plus accommodation and car allowance.

- Cars are sold at factory cost.

- Libya does not owe money, (not a cent) to anyone. No creditors.

- Free education and health care for all citizens.

- 25% of the population have a university degree.

- No beggars on the streets and nobody is homeless (until the recent bombing).

- Bread costs only $0.15 per loaf.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hivi hii hali ya Wasomali kuwa katika maangaiko ya namna hii itakwisha lini?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Dear Friends,
On behalf of the family of Samwel and Nelly Mrema, we would like to inform you that they are making plans to lay to rest their beloved daughter Isabell on Saturday July 9, 2011 in Des Plaines, Illinois. The service will start with visitation, followed by memorial service, burial service and reception to celebrate Isabell's life.
Timetable of events is presented below:
All time references below are Central Standard Time.
09:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Public Viewing (Visitation) St. Zachary Catholic Church
567 W. Algonquin Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon,Memorial Service
Sanctuary at St. Zachary Catholic Church
567 W. Algonquin Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM,Burial Service
St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Cemetery
1185 W. Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL60067
2:00 PM– 4:00 PM, Reception to Celebrate the Life of Isabell St. Zachary’s Catholic Church
567 W. Algonquin Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Any questions about these events can be directed to:
Charles Shengena – 847.204.2307
Jackson Munuo – 773.343.1177
George Mung’ong’o – 312.823.5878
Emmanuel Msengi – 630.440.2347
For directions please call
Machael Mbiduka – 708.829.4513
Kangalage George – 773.658.3503
Thank you for your generous support to Mrema family during this difficult season in their lives.
Charles Shengena
On behalf of the Mrema family.
FFU! Ngoma Africa Band kuvamia Internationals African Festival Tübingen,Germany
Mabakuli ya "Supu ya Mawe" uwanjani kila moja na lake!
"FFU kwa hasira wamerusha song jipya "Supu ya Mawe" hewani "

Bendi maarufu ya mziki wa dansi barani ulaya "Ngoma Africa Band" aka FFU,kinatarajiwa kutumbuiza jukwaani tena katika onyesho kubwa la aina yake African Internationals Festival,mjini Tübingen,ujerumani siku ya jumamosi 16.julai 2011.
FFU hao wamziki pia wamepakua jikoni wimbo mpya uliobeba jina "SUPU YA MAWE" wimbi wenye ujumbe mahusus kwa walimwengu ,ambao kwa sasa unasikia katika kambi ya FFU at
www.ngoma-africa.com, wimbo huo utunzi wake kamanda Ras Makunja akiimba kwa kushirikiana na Christian Bakotessa aka Chris-B aka "Mshenzi" wa gitaa la solo.Wimbo huo "Supu ya Mawe"
ujumbe uliomo katika wimbo huo unaonekana kuwa na nguvu na vitamin zote za maisha kuliko kikombe cha dawa.
kutokana na taarifa la gazeti moja la kimataifa hili http://www.africa-news.eu/entertainment/44-entertainment/2815-welcome-to-international-african-festival-in-tubingen-germany.html ; bendi hiyo maarufu inazidi kupata umaarufu na kujizolea washabiki kiaina yake katika kila kona.
Usikose kuwasikiliza
at www.ngoma-africa.com hili nawe upate bakuli la "Supu ya Mawe"

soma habari zaidi:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011



Dear Friends,
On behalf of the family of Samwel and Nelly Mrema of Rolling Meadows Illinois, I am deeply saddened to announce the death of their beloved daughter, Magdalena Isabel Mrema that occurred this Sunday morning, July 03, 2011. Magdalena was 7 months old.
Funeral arrangements are being made to put to rest Magdalena around the Rolling Meadows area this coming Saturday, details to follow.
The Mrema family is asking for your prayers that God may give them strength and comfort during this difficult time.
You can reach Nelly and Samwel to comfort them after such a big loss by email at neily_2002@yahoo.com or by phone at +1-847-668-2807. You can also contact or visit them at:
2850 Southampton Dr
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
To support funeral arrangements, the following account has been set up for your financial support:
Name of Bank: Bank of America
Account Name: Nelly Maganga
Account Number: 291005479827
Bank Routing Number: 071000505
If you need more information, please feel free to call me at 1-847-204-2307 or shengena2000@yahoo.com
Job 1:21 The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Charles Shengena
On behalf of Mrema family.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Dear fellow Tanzanians,
With sadness we regret to inform you the passing of Mr. Leonard Ntagwagwata. Mr. Ntagwagwata (73), who passed on two days ago in Biharamulo -Tanzania, is the father of our fellow Tanzanian Ms. Esther Leonard. Esther is an active member of New York Tanzanian Community (NYTC) living in White Plains, New York. The funeral is planned for Saturday July 2nd, 2011 in Biharamulo.
You are welcome to stop by Esther’s residence this Sunday July 3rd, 2011 at 2 pm to offer your condolences. The address is : 10 Cottage Place, Apt 6C, White Plains, NY 10601.
You can speak to Esther directly at 646 753 3094
Your donations will be kindly appreciated.
If unable to make it on Sunday and interested to offer a donation you can directly make a deposit to Esther Leornard’s account # 417603729501 at any Chase Bank.
For more information you may speak to:
Vincent Mughwai at 240-752-5404
Shabani Hassani at 347 712 8539 or
Miriam Abu at 914-316-2814
Thank you.
Miriam Abu
New York Tanzanian Community

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn walked out of court free without bail Friday after prosecutors said an extensive background investigation of the hotel housekeeper accusing him of sexual assault gave them pause.
The charges against Strauss-Kahn, which include attempted rape, have not been reduced, but the move signals that prosecutors do not believe the accusations are as ironclad as they once seemed.
He had been under pricey house arrest for weeks in a ritzy Manhattan loft on $6 million in cash and bond.
The 32-year-old hotel maid accused Strauss-Kahn of chasing her through his luxury suite in May, trying to pull down her pantyhose and forcing her to perform oral sex.
"It is a great relief," said Strauss-Kahn's attorney, William Taylor, adding that the case underscores "how easy it is for people to be charged with serious crimes and for there to be a rush to judgment."
"It is so important in this country that people, especially the media, refrain from judgment until the facts are all in," he said.
Strauss-Kahn arrived at the courthouse Friday morning in a Lexus SUV and strode confidently up the granite steps with his wife, French journalist Anne Sinclair, at his side. He wore a dark gray suit, and she a white jacket.
After the hearing, he walked slowly out with his arm on her shoulder, smiling slightly at the throng gathered outside.
His passport remained surrendered, and he will not yet be allowed to leave the country. His other attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Strauss-Kahn would be free to travel within the United States.
Investigators have come to believe that the accuser lied about some of her activities in the hours around the alleged attack and about her own background, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday. The official is familiar with the case but spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet made public in court.
Prosecutors think she lied about details on her application for asylum in the U.S., including saying she had been raped in her native Guinea, the official told the AP.
The accuser's attorney, Ken Thompson, fired back outside court and said she went to the district attorney with information that her application was flawed because she was concerned she otherwise would be sent back to Guinea.
"It is clear that this woman made some mistakes, but that doesn't mean she's not a rape victim," he said.
He said she came to the U.S. because she was a victim of genital mutilation and worried that her daughter, now 15, would be victimized as well. He also said she had been raped by soldiers there, but not as it was written in her asylum application.
He also laid out details she described of an attack by Strauss-Kahn in the Sofitel suite and said her account has remained consistent.
"From day one has described a violent sexual assault that Dominique Strauss-Kahn committed against her," attorney Ken Thompson said.
Thompson took a throng of reporters outside court through the details of the incident from his client's perspective, saying Strauss-Kahn bruised her genitals, tore a ligament in her shoulder and ripped her stockings.
"She has described that sexual assault many times, to prosecutors and to me, and she has never once changed a single thing about that encounter," he said.
He also addressed media reports that his client was involved with a drug dealer, calling them lies.
The New York Times, quoting law enforcement officials it didn't name, reported that the woman was recorded on the phone with an incarcerated man around the day she made the allegations, discussing whether to press her case in court.
The newspaper said the man had been arrested on marijuana possession charges and had deposited cash in the woman's bank account.