african jungles

So for some reason, I started singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight and I realised I don’t really know who originally wrote it. Turns out, it was written in 1939 as Mdube by Solomon Linda in Zulu and performed by The Evening Birds.

He was completely ripped off by The Weavers and other western musicians because they thought his music was “simply tribal”. That’s not all.

Like, what the fuck? He wrote one of the most iconic songs of all time and died in poverty. This wasn’t the 1800s. Black artists are still disenfranchised because of western ignorance and institutionalised racism.

Since it’s black history month, I thought I’d share this.

Listen to the original song, it’s brilliant.

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Disney AU: Milo’s research takes him abroad - deep in the African jungles, where he captures the interest of a man living among gorillas. Upon discovering that there are other humans like him, Tarzan yearns to learn everything. Milo teaches Tarzan all that he knows, and in the process they end up falling in love.

Stone Forest - Madagascar

Madagascar is famous for its biodiversity. 90% of the species of flora and fauna found on the island are not found anywhere else in the world. 

The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park sits on the west coast and and is characterised by its sharp limestone formations that create what is known as the stone forest. These rocks make the forest nearly impenetrable, and are razor sharp, cutting easily through protective clothing and flesh. 

“This was an actual game played at circuses & carnivals, mostly in celebration of “INDEPENDENCE DAY”, all over America from the late 19th century well into the early 1940s. 3 balls cost them a dime to hit a grinning Black CHILD peeking through a platform painted to resemble an African jungle while the child’s head appeared through the open mouth of a crocodile. This is a part of our history that you will NEVER see in any textbook or any class. Get in tune my people, to be ignorant of the past is to be blinded going into the future…. “

The dingonek is a scaly, scorpion-tailed, saber-toothed cryptid allegedly seen in the African Congolese jungles (primarily those of the Democratic Republic), and yet another in a long line of West African cryptids—such as the Chipekwe, the Jago-nini and the Emela-ntouka. At the Brakfontein ridge, Western Cape in South Africa is a cave painting of an unknown creature that fits the description of the dingonek, right down to its walrus-like tusks.

It is said to be exceedingly territorial and has been known to kill any hippos, crocodiles and even unwary fishermen, who have had the misfortune of wandering too close to their aquatic nests.

Said to dwell in the rivers and lakes of western Africa, the Dingonek has been described as being grey or red, 3 to 6 metres (9-18 feet) in length, with a squarish head, sometimes a long horn, saber-like canines—which has resulted in its nickname the “Jungle Walrus"—and a tail complete with a bony, dart-like appendage, which is reputed to be able to secrete a deadly poison. This creature is also said to be covered head-to-toe in a scaly, mottled epidermis, which has been likened to the prehistoric-looking Asian anteater known as the pangolin. The description by John Alfred Jordan, an explorer who said that he actually shot at this unidentified monster in the River Maggori in Kenya in 1907, claimed this scale-covered creature was as big as 18 feet long and had reptilian claws, a spotted back, long tail, and a big head out of which grew large, curved, walrus-like tusks. A shot with a .303 only served to anger it.

  • Black Men: BLACK LIVES MATTER
  • Black Men: *says Black women are trash*
  • Black Men: *calls dark skinned girls cockroaches or gorillas*
  • Black Men: *calls Black trans women men*
  • Black Men: *draws musty ass ashy dick ankh nigga art that reduces Black women to some African Jungle Queen fantasy*
  • Black Men: I am so conscious. Buy my mix tape that I recorded on my flip phone.

Dian Fossey loved gorillas so much, she dedicated her life to the study and preservation of them. In 1966 she went to live in the African jungle in order to get close to them, learn their behaviors and befriend them, while fighting off poachers who hunted them. She published articles to gain attention and support for gorilla conservation. In 1985, when she was 54 years old, Dian was found murdered in her jungle cabin. The mystery of her death was never fully resolved.

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Exploring the country Suriname!

Enjoying my time exploring the Country Suriname, In my hand I’m holding the dry fruit of Solanum macrocarpon (African Eggplant), It thrives here in the country Suriname. Also in a jungle swap, as well as in the market in the capital Paramaribo.

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls also known as “Mosi oa-Tunya” (“the smoke that thunders”) lies halfway along the mighty Zambezi River.The falls span the 1.5km width of the river, with the water plummeting 100m down the vertical chasm.