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Making traditional musical instruments

Reviving traditional instruments

The Zimbabwe College of Music once taught mainly western music. However, it is now promoting the use of traditional Zimbabwean musical instruments.

Some teachers believe that it is important to try to blend the best of African and western music. Pepukai Mudzingwa, a mbira teacher, says, 'The most important thing is to be impartial about tradition and culture. Let the young take the path they would like after they have understood the basics of different traditions and cultures.'

However, Ephart Mujuru, another teacher, believes that African culture must be kept pure. People like him think that as more people turn away from using the instruments, so Zimbabwean culture is dying. He doesn't want it mixed with influences from elsewhere.

What do you think?


Thomas Mapfumo: a popular musician



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