Tingatinga - Gameli Tordzro

Tingatinga Party

Saturday, 25 June
12:00 - 17:00

By David Livingstone Birthplace

Join us for an afternoon of live music, food and storytelling with performances from artist Gameli Tordzro, a specially commissioned film by Mara Menzies and the launch of a new zine exploring untold stories in response to David Livingstone Birthplace Museum (DLBM) collections.

The event is organised by David Livingstone Birthplace Exchange Project group in partnership with Best Way Community Development and the Congolese Community of Motherwell.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

  • View a stunning Tingatinga installation by artist Josie KO, inspired by the bright colours and humour of East Africa
  • Have a go at some Tingatinga glass painting
  • Take part in music and storytelling workshops¬† inspired by objects in the museum collections at 12.30pm and 3pm
  • Watch a film created by storyteller and artist, Mara Menzies which shares the stories of David Livingstone crew members Susi and Chuma and explores objects that belonged to them which are now held in the museum’s collection
  • Taste delicious Swahili food including chapati mandazi, kuku choma (roast chicken), kachori, bhajia, vitumbua, and peas in coconut sauce. Food and drinks will be available from 2-3pm
  • Listen to pop, reggae, seben/rumba, Afrobeats and Afro-Congo, ¬†performed live by The Gig Group, a band of Congolese musicians living in Scotland
  • Pick up a copy of the new zene produced by the DLB Exchange Group and designed by In√®s Gradot at Risotto Studio



David Livingstone Birthplace, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY


Just come along, there is no need to book.

About David Livingstone Birthplace:

David Livingstone Birthplace is the only independent museum in Scotland that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of David Livingstone and re-examining his work within the complex and painful realities of slavery, colonialism and nineteenth-century European attitudes towards African people and community groups.

The DLB Exchange Group consists of 6 participants of South Asian, African, and Caribbean heritage who have been researching objects in the DLBM collection to develop new creative projects that challenge and expand on established representations of diaspora experiences. As part of the Community-Led Collections Research Project in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland and National Maritime Museum.


David Livingstone Birthplace
165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire
G72 9BY

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