Swahili Surges: : Exploring the Growth and Vibrancy of the Language in Germany.

Our South-North Volunteers explore the international meaning and global growth of Swahili, their home language, while being abroad in Germany. They show how the language was able to grow new roots in different parts of the world including Germany.

Swahili Surges Swahili Surges [Foto von Anna and Raymond, Anna and Raymond]

In Tanzania, where the heart beats with government and respect, we embarked on a special journey thanks to Action for Community Care (ACC) and Deutsch-Tansanische Partnerschaft (DTP). Our mission was simple: to explore and learn more about Swahili, the language that existed long before us. Little did we know, this journey was full of surprises, proving that Swahili is not just our home language but a global one. Swahili is growing fast, and almost all East African countries use it to communicate. It has even made its way to international countries like Germany.

As the Swahili saying goes, "Jogoo wa kijijini hawiki mjini" (The village rooster crows, but its doesn't crow in town). But Swahili, born in the depths of Tanzania, has made its mark in big German cities like Berlin and Hamburg. It's a silent revolution, but it's happening.

On weekends in Berlin's Mauerpark, you can hear Swahili sounds from top Tanzanian artists like Diamond Platnumz and Juma Jux. Even Hamburg's nightclubs, like the famous 25 Club in Reeperbahn, play Swahili Afrobeat songs, bringing a piece of East Africa to Germany.

What amazed me the most was the presence of Swahili theaters in Barmbek-Kapnagel, Hamburg. It was a delightful experience to see people in Hamburg using our language to create art.

Swahili is not just about music and entertainment; it's a language of unity. Back in history, when colonial powers drew borders, Swahili emerged as a force that brought people together, transcending tribal and regional divisions. Today, it's one of the most spoken languages in Africa, with over 75 million speakers. Its influence goes beyond East Africa, reaching global stages in diplomacy, education, and cultural expression.

Social media and technology have played a big role. Even in Germany, a well-known media channel like DW has a Swahili version, showing how Swahili from Tanzania can grow new roots in different parts of the world.

In conclusion, Swahili's journey is a testament to the power of language. From the coasts of Tanzania to the heart of Germany, Swahili is more than words; it's a bridge that connects people, cultures, and hearts. As it continues to flourish, Swahili reminds us that languages can be a source of unity, understanding, and joy, no matter where you are in the world.