TINGATINGA 's first students
Mandu Mmatambwe (deceased, date unknown)
was one of E.S. Tingatinga close friends. Of Makonde origin, he
belongs to the first generation of the Tingatinga school of painters.
In turn, he will train several of the artists who will later constitute
the second generation.
AJABA (... - 2003)
Tingatinga 's cousin, Ajaba liked to include flying insects (Tse-tse
flies) in his paintings.
Ajaba died in January 2003 in his native village in the south of
Tanzania where he had retired, quite a number of years ago. He had
stopped painting a couple of years after E.S. Tingatinga died.
LINDA Amba (January LINDA) (1947 - deceased, date unknown)
in 1947 in Mozambique, January Linda was one of E.S. Tingatinga
's cousins and friend. Of Makonde origin, Linda became acquainted
to Tingatinga by intermediate of Tingatinga's wife who was also
a Makonde. In the late 60's, Linda helped Tingatinga preparing the
paintings. Soon after, he also started painting with great success.
Linda's work differs from other painters' in the "savage"
and expressive style. After Tingatinga's death, Linda moved to Bagamoyo
and didn't continue his painting career.
G. MPATA (1942 - 1984)
youngest half- brother of Edward Saidi Tingatinga (of the same mother).
Mpata learned to paint from his brother and without a doubt, he
is the artist who kept his style the closest to Tingatinga's.
Tingatinga 's death, he demonstrated his non-compromised fidelity
to his late brother's will by refusing to train numerous new tinga-tinga
recruits and preferred to leave Tanzania.
Mpata moved to Nairobi and opened his own studio, where he died
in 1984 aged forty-two.
Henrick TEDO (deceased, date unknown)
of Edward Tingatinga 's cousins. Tedo was on of this first students
and was wounded in the same police car chase shoot-out that killed
"Tinga-Tinga, the popular paintings from Tanzania", Y.