Making traditional musical instruments
Can traditional Zimbabwean music be sustained?
Think about the following.
- Traditional musical instruments can be made from materials that are available locally in Zimbabwe - wood, shells, skin and metal.
- Local craftspeople have revived the skills in making instruments.
- Popular musicians like Thomas Mapfumo have incorporated mbira sounds and beats into their music.
- The Zimbabwe College of Music now offers courses in making and using traditional instruments.
- Children make their own entertainment by taking part in traditional dances, playing keyboards (marimba), together with traditional instruments.
- Recycled materials, such as metals, shells and bottle-tops, are often used to make instruments.
- Many musicians believe that it is important to maintain pure African styles of music, free from outside influences.
- the mbira is made from scarce hardwoods.