Noel Kapanda was born in Ndanda (South Tanzania) in 1964 and he is the younger brother of Damian Msagula who was one of the earlier members of the Tingatinga group.

Although Kapanda is not the most well known of the Tingatinga artists, his earlier work was released under George Lilanga’s name. This was due to the fact that George, who was training Noel, had a deluge or orders and he would sketch the basis of the piece which Noel would then complete in colour.

Neol Kapanda has since established his reputation as an artist in his own right. Noel Kapanda paints the traditional Tingatinga reflecting life in the African villages.