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Welcome to Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical where Lion, Monkey, Elephant and their larger-than-life animal friends leap onto the stage from the beloved Kenyan book and cartoon series. In this Family Activity, create your own story at home, embody animals on your way and write your own happy song after the show! 

Before
Inspired by popular African folk tales, Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical paints a colorful picture of how certain animals changed over time and evolved into what they are today. What are some animals in your own life? Do you have any pets or do you see any city-dwelling creatures on the way to work or school? In this activity, create a fable about one of those animals! 

Materials: Two blank pieces of paper, writing and drawing utensils

Step One: Pick one of these titles or create your very own!
  • How the Cat Got Its Whiskers
  • How the Dog Started to Bark
  • How the Lizard Grew Its Long Tail
  • How the Hamster Learned to Store its Food
  • How the Pigeon Found Its Wings
  • How the Goldfish Got Its Color
Step Two: It’s always good to have a story outline! Fill in this outline:

Outline

Here's an example we made for you!
 
Title: How the Dog Got Her Bark
Type of Animal: Dog
Name of Your Animal: Doggie
Where Does Your Animal Live?: My house
What Does Your Animal Want?: To be able to communicate
What Happens First? Doggie tried wagging her tail as hard as she could, but no sound came out. 
What Happens Second? Doggie tried tapping her owner's knee, but the owner only told her to "shoo."
What Happens Third? Finally, she realized that the sound of her owner was coming from her owner’s mouth! So Doggie took a deep breath in and tried to talk. Out came a BARK!

Now, it is time to turn this into a story!

Step Three: Ask a grown up for two blank sheets of paper and fold them in half. Put one inside of the other so that you have your own mini book. Fill out the book with the instructions below
 
COVER PAGE:
Write the title of your story across the top and your name at the bottom. Don’t forget to illustrate it!

PAGE ONE:
Here is (ANIMAL NAME) the (TYPE OF ANIMAL). They lived in (WHERE DOES YOUR ANIMAL LIVE).

PAGE TWO:
More than anything in the world, (ANIMAL NAME) wanted to be able to (WHAT DOES YOUR ANIMAL WANT).

PAGE THREE:
First,...

PAGE FOUR:
Second,...

PAGE FIVE:
Finally,...

PAGE SIX:
And it has been the same for every (TYPE OF ANIMAL) ever since!

On Your Way
Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical is based on an animated series, inspired by African fables. As you travel to the show with your friends and family, act out a few animals from the Tinga Tinga Tales television show with Guess That Animal! 

Step One: Decide who will be the first guesser. 

Step Two: The first guesser opens up this video on a mobile device.

Step Three: The guesser must hold the mobile device so that they cannot see the images but that the other players can see the images. The best locations are on their forehead or somewhere at the center of their chest.

Step Four: The other players act out clues to help the guesser figure out what animal is on screen before their time is up. They can use animal noises, body shapes or short descriptions. Does your group want a challenge? Try using no words at all.

Step Five: The next animal will appear on screen after 10 seconds. After six animals, it's the next guesser's turn.

Get started! 
 
After the Show
At the end of the show, Chameleon found all of his colors. Everyone celebrates by singing a happy song and dancing a joyful jig! Write your very own happy song by filling in the blanks below.

Step One: Fill in the blanks below.
When I see the color red I think of ______. Red makes me feel very ______. 
When I see the color orange I think of ______. Orange makes me feel very ______.
When I see the color yellow I think of ______. Yellow makes me feel very ______. 
When I see the color green I think of ______. Green makes me feel very ______.
When I see the color blue I think of ______. Blue makes me feel very ______.
When I see indigo I think of ______. Indigo makes me feel very ______.
When I see violet I think of ______. Violet makes me feel very ______.
These are the colors of a rainbow it’s true. I am glad I got to share my feelings with you!

Step Two: Sing your song to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Try to act out your song to make the sing-a-long special. 

And Beyond
Here are some ways to deepen your understanding of the performance.
Posted by Beth Henderson
January 17, 2018

The Music of Generation NYZ

 
The first thing you notice at Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ is the playlist greeting you as you take your seat. From the beginning, you know that this will be an entirely unique experience. Although each of the seven members of the cast has lived through incredibly different circumstances, the one thread that binds them is their love of music. Four of the performers, Monica, Edwin, Syl and Mohammad share the songs that inspire them the most. 
 

Monica Victoria Tatacoya Castañeda

Monica"Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato makes me feel unapologetic about being me. In a world where you are shunned for not conforming to what society wants from you, it’s important to be confident in yourself.

"Secreto de Amor" by Joan Sebastian has been my favorite since I was a child. I don’t even remember how old I was when I first heard it. At first, I loved it because it just sounded so nice. Now, I'm drawn to it because it brings back memories of much simpler times. It calms me down. 

"Praying" by Kesha makes me feel hopeful. There are people who come into your life who try to destroy who you are. "Praying" gives me that sense of hope that comes when you see a new sunrise in the horizon, the hope that you will come out better because of what you went through. 

Music is very important to me. There are some things that words alone can’t express or offer. Music gives me those things I need. Simple words can’t offer comfort when I need it or always express how I'm feeling. Music is that one thing that touches everyone. It speaks to each person in a unique way. 

Edwin Aguila

Edwin"Text Me, Call Me (I'll Be There For You)" by Jabir Farooq. This is my own song! It means so much to me because it shows how much I've grown. When I started recording this in 2016, I became more willing to take risks and put myself out there.

"1-800-273-8255" by Logic. This song by Logic is one that means a lot to me since I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts. I wish I had this song while I was dealing with my personal demons. 

"NY State of Mind" by Nas depicts the reality of my New York and paints a vivid picture through the lyrics.

Music is very important to me. It saved my life! It allows me to find an outlet for my feelings. It also allows me to heal and escape reality for a bit.

Syl Egerton

Syl"Claire de Lune" by Claude Debussy is a piece of classical music. It's probably the most beautiful, bittersweet and heart-wrenching pieces I've ever heard. I feel like it encapsulates the slight sadness I can always feel at the bottom of my stomach. At the same time, it's so calming, it lets you work through that tinge of sadness at you own pace. I like setting it to loop, lying down and listening to it as long as I need.

"Intro: Never Mind" by BTS is a song I listen to when I need to get motivated. It has lyrics that just make me want to run faster, work harder and be stronger in general. I play it when I need to smash out a paper, and just generally when I'm feeling bogged down and sluggish and need a kick.

"I Will Be King" by the Hoosiers is a weird one. It's simultaneously celebratory and slightly creepy. I like those types of songs and relate to the lyrics of this particular one a lot. The Hoosiers tell a lot of stories with their music and I just love the way they sound. 

Music is unbelievably important to me, I never leave the house without my headphones, otherwise I lose my mind. I have a playlist for every mood so my taste is all over the place. I love things from heavy rock to classical music to rap. Music is just something that makes me feel really good and helps reassure me that things will be okay. I get easily overwhelmed by thoughts, sometimes random or bad, and music helps me tune them out so I can focus or reach a goal. It's thanks to music and singing that I've been able to build up my confidence and speak in public or in front of an audience. 

Mohammad Murtaza

Mohammad"Love Never Felt so Good" by Michael Jackson makes me feel like dancing with someone. It's a song that puts you in a good mood at any time and makes you wanna get up on your feet. The first time I ever heard it was in middle school when my friend played it for me. He knew Michael Jackson was one of my favorite artists, and was surprised when I didn’t know the song. 

"Crayon" by G Dragon makes me wanna go crazy and hypes me up. I feel like partying every time I hear it. The first time I heard it was also in middle school, after my best friend had shown me a song that G Dragon's group Big Bang had put out called "Fantastic Baby." I was entranced by their swagger and electronic pop/hip-hop feeling. So I searched them up, found "Crayon," and instantly liked it.

"Return of Simba" by J Cole makes me feel like a G, like I’m tough and confident. I first heard it when I was a sophomore in high school. I thought his vibe was dope and that he was a good artist, so I searched him up online and found all his songs. I loved it all, but "Return of Simba" was such a good "come up" song and I really love it.

Music is very important to me. It's my first form of self expression. It's been an outlet for me, a way to find myself and a way to join a community. The feeling you get from appreciating an artist’s work and finding out someone else does too is indescribable. As an aspiring artist as well, I write a lot of music and find myself looking to my favorite and most respected artists for inspiration. 

Photos: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
 
 

 
From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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