A quirky immigrant family, struggling to maintain their Tanzanian heritage, while living in a chaotic suburban city.
When Hashim and Zainat immigrated from Tanzania to a small city named Hopeland in Massachusetts, their goal was to build an infrastructure for their future kids. They didn’t expect that their “future kids”, Amina, Rajab, and Zulfiqar would have their own interests.
Fake conspiracies, Trap Music, and Halal Gyros. Hashim and Zainat Matumbila try to implement they're Tanzanian cultural upbringing to Amina, Rajab, and Zulfiqar Matumbila, however everyone is trying to balance their Tanzanian roots, on American soil.
Zul Manzi is a 23-year-old comedian,content producer, and animator born and raised in Springfield, MA. In 2019, Zul began production with his animated series,”The Matumbilas” by gardening material from his stand-up comedy sets. He gained inspiration for The Matumbilas from his Tanzanian community, family, and being called “Zoboomafoo” because students couldn’t pronounce his full name, Zulfiqar. Zul also loves Halal Fast Food, especially gyros.
Episode 1While The Matumbila's are starting to have dinner, Zulfiqar tells his family about the strange experiences he dealt with in school earlier the day, as he prepares to do a project about Tanzania (his family's home country).
Episode 2As Zulfiqar goes back to school, he encounters the repercussions for not telling his teacher, (Mrs. McCrust), that he doesn't eat pepperoni pizza.
Episode 3Zainat decides to invite her friends from the Tanzanian community, (The Pintu's) over for dinner. However, as one of the kids from The Pintu's creates a ruckus, Hashim has his own way of discipline.
Episode 4Zainat lets her younger brother, Uncle Abdullah, stay with her and the rest of the family at her house. Meanwhile, everybody in the house, except her, wants him to leave immediately.
Episode 5Rajab and Zulfiqar both encounter neighborhood clout chaser, "Terry Tyler Thomas". When Terry begs Rajab to be in his music projects, Rajab rejects his offer. Therefore, Terry decides to create an alter ego against Rajab.
Episode 6Amina gets her first job working at ABC Halal Fried Chicken. Word spreads around from the local Tanzanian community, and they try to get free food from her. As she gets fired, Hashim attempts to get her job back.
Episode 7Rajab tries to join a local social media chasing group called “Fury Society”, whose whole demeanor is to be swank. Rajab is then contemplating whether or not he should follow what the group’s stances are in order to be accepted.
Episode 8A deeper look into the day-to-day life of The Matumbilas, when much is not going on. Random calls from family members back in Tanzania, soccer games, and watching Maburu Maburu.
Episode 9Zainat tries to convince Hashim to have a party for their wedding anniversary, but Hashim hates parties and just wants to enjoy his cassavas. However, Zainat convinces Hashim for a small gathering, but it turns into a nightmare for him.
Episode 10Zulfiqar is irritated by a girl from his community who has a crush on him, Deserae. After he goes to sleep, he wakes in a whole new utopia as his family is wealthy and he's forced to get married to a bimbo princess.
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