|Dancing yailya at mbalino, 7 August 1981|
|Malenjela (photo by Alison Redmayne)|
|Approaching mbalino, 25 August 2007|
|The crumbling exterior, 25 August 2007|
|The collapsed wall, 25 August 2007|
(Daniel Merere in the foreground, Jonas Mfumbulwa to the left)
|The neglected lilenjela, 25 August 2007|
My thanks to Gundula Fischer at Tumaini University for telling me about a recent joint offering held by Salehe Merere and the Hehe chief, Abdul Mkwawa, at the latter's seat in Kalenga. This started me searching through old correspondence, notes and photos -- I might revise this post if I find more -- and also led me to the online appeal by the Sangu chief. What I know about the events that followed the death of Alfeo Mgandilwa Merere, I owe to one man in particular, his cousin Daniel Merere.
|Writing on the wall of mbalino|
Walsh, Martin 1985. Village, state and traditional authority in Usangu. In R. G. Abrahams (ed.) Villagers, Villages and the State in Modern Tanzania (Cambridge African Monograph No. 4). Cambridge: African Studies Centre. 135-167.