The Benin Bronze Head - Glorious Remainder of Africa’s Kingdom of Benin March 04 2019, 51 Comments

Africa is where culture and art first flourished under the skillful hands of the many different tribes that roamed the African savannahs. One of these many tribes were the Edo people. Living in vast lands of what is now known as modern Nigeria, the Edo people flourished until they decide to live together under the protection of the Ogiso or Kings of the Sky. For many years, the first Ogiso king ruled benevolently until his sons took over the reins. When the last Ogiso king died and the surviving prince returned to become the next king, the Kingdom of Benin was founded. For hundreds of years, the kingdom grew bigger until the 1700’s when the British empire started to wrestle control over trade in Africa from the Benin Kingdom. The Galway Treaty of 1892 further weakened the kingdom’s economic growth until the British started the Benin Expedition of 1897 in order to depose the last Benin king. It was during that expedition where the British soldiers destroyed and looted the Benin palace of beautiful bronze and metal plaques and statues from the Benin king’s castle. These are the Benin Bronzes; antique statues that showcased Benin art and were made from...

Food Tasting Event: Authentic East African Cuisine March 04 2019, 49 Comments

With Taste of East Africa in Westchester, our core mission is to highlight and enhance the essential experience of African culture through Art, East African Food, Fashion, Peace, Love, History, and, Tradition says Rose Luangisa. Celebrating 22 years of showcasing beautiful art, jewelry and fabulous handcrafted treasures from Tanzania to cities across the United States, Luangisa African Gallery hosted an Authentic East African Cuisine Food Tasting Event on December 8th, 2018, 12 PM at 374 Hawthorne Terrace, Mount Vernon, NY 10552. Rose Luangisa welcomed longtime supporters, guests and potential new friends during the one-day-long festivities ranging from African Artifacts, Fashion and East African Food Tasting plus an emporium full of irresistible shopping.  

Wakanda Celebration 1ST Chapter Video March 04 2019, 47 Comments

Recap of our Wakanda Celebration event. If you missed this one, no worries! Get ready for part 2 this summer Saturday, August 31st. RSVP for FREE here at

Get to Know Rose Luangisa: One-On-One Interview March 04 2019, 49 Comments

In this one-on-one interview with Yonkers_Voice, Rose talks about the future of Luangisa African Gallery, what makes the Gallery unique and the recent Food Tasting Event. Shop unique selection of Fair Trade Authentic Modern African Art, Crafts, Fashion, Home Décor, and Jewelry on

Who Are the Maasai People? History, Culture & Traditions of the Maasai Tribe March 04 2019, 44 Comments

Learn about the Maasai people and their way of life through their culture and traditions. Deep in the heart of Tanzania near the African Great Lakes region and South Sudan live the Maasai Tribe. They belong to the Nilotic ethnic group of tribes that inhabit the southern, northern and central parts of Kenya. Known for their culture, their ferocious history, and their brightly colored red robes, the Maasai tribe is the best-known tribe in the area because they live near the nature reserves and parks within the Great African Lakes. With a population of 800,000 strong, the men are usually seen wearing elaborate red robes while clutching their spears as if they are always prepared for a fight while the women, their heads shaved, wearing handmade white beaded neck adornments. The Maasai people are originally from the Nile Valley, north of Lake Turkana. In the 15th century, the Maasai Tribe started to move down south and arrived in the 17th and late 18th century in a long stretch of land that is presently known as Central Tanzania and Northern Kenya. The incoming Maasai displaced the smaller local tribes that were settling there and by the 19th century, the tribe was...

Joseph Singombe's Art December 22 2017, 13 Comments

Joseph Singombe is a renowned Makonde Artist, born and raised in Tanzania.  He is a master artist and his sculptures are distinguished and unique.  Joseph has been carving since the age of 8.   He learned the craft from his father.  Joseph says, “art runs in my blood, because my father was also an artist”. Wood Sculpture of the Makonde people of Tanzania is widely known and generally there is a high regard for the Makonde as skilled, creative and imaginative sculptors.  Joseph’s art work is held in prestigious museums and galleries throughout the world. Makonde sculptures are three-dimensional works of art carved from a medium of solid ebony wood. Today the modern sculpture has three distinct styles: Shetani (spirit/devil) Ujamaa (Family Tree) and Mawingu (clouds/abstract).  Well known sculptors are associated with the origins of these styles and Joseph’s father is one of them. Joseph is well known in all the three distinct styles mentioned above.  For this article we will look at Joseph’s art work – “The UJAMAA Sculpture” (Family Tree).  Joseph Singombe @ work The Ujamaa sculpture in picture took him 4 months to carve.  Joseph mainly uses traditionally made tools; the chisel is his best friend. The UJAMAA...

Makonde Art Work October 09 2015, 0 Comments

The Makonde are an ethnic group in Southeast Tanzania and northern Mozambique. Makonde Art is best known in the ebony medium.  All our ebony sculptures are hand carved by members of the Makonde tribe.  They are internationally famous for their unique wood work; that is why this artwork is called Makonde.   The Makonde were the first to create abstracts that were later imitated by other artists worldwide, such as Picasso.  Because of their geographical isolation, the Makonde were not influenced by the colonial period.  They have remained nearly out of reach of changes that have taken place in the country since independence.  Their relative isolation has resulted in their high degree of ethnic self-awareness.  The Makonde have been practicing their artwork for over 500 years.   Mzee Beda at Work – All the while his hands work busily, his eyes never leave the sculpture. All the tools used by Mzee Beda and all the other Makonde carvers is traditionally handmade by them.  Modern power tools are not used.   What makes the ebony wood unique is that the core of the tree is charcoal black and the bark is light brown. Ebony is the hardest wood to carve and...