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Making traditional musical instruments

The context

Breaking with tradition

Do you play a musical instrument? Have you ever wanted to play one? Are you in a band, choir or orchestra? Do you like listening to music?

From the earliest civilisations, people have made and played musical instruments. By making music, we can create feelings of tradition, express pride in our culture and simply have fun.

Today, hi-tech advances like synthesisers mean that the sound of musical instruments can be simulated electronically. Does this mean that we will become less musically creative? As music becomes more and more 'international' - widely available on radio, CDs and the internet - are we at risk of losing cultural traditions?

In the face of change, many musical traditions are still being passed on from one generation to the next. Click on cog 2 to find out about a musical tradition that people in Zimbabwe are trying to maintain.




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