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Making traditional musical instruments

Musical tradition in Zimbabwe

Music is an integral part of many Zimbabwean cultural and religious ceremonies.

Traditional instruments like the mbira, hosho and ngoma are usually played. Many people believe that these have great powers and can provide a link between living people and relatives who have died. The Shona believe that they can communicate with God through their musical instruments and that he sends messages through the music.

However, the influence of Christianity and western music meant that traditional musical instruments were being used less and less in Zimbabwean music and some were even in danger of extinction. Click on cog 3 to find out what is being done to preserve Zimbabwe's musical tradition.


Traditional Zimbabwean musical instruments



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