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Godfrey Tiamaru

Godfrey was born in 1974 in Dar es Salaam as son of an anglican priest. His mother, Makua by tribe, was a relative of Tingatinga.
Godfrey's dream of a career as a musician did not become true, since after secundary school there was no money left for further education. Godfrey went through a short training as an electrician in Lindi, but returned to Dar soon after.

But Godfrey still makes music in a Reggae group. He loves to transport messages, in his songs as well as in his paintings, some of them in a cartoon style. "Most Tanzanians do not know anything about the danger of AIDS. So I try to explain. I write words on my cartoons to open their eyes."
Godfrey paints hospital-, church- and village scenes. His messages are strong and socially critical. He loves strong colours and unusual combinations.