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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Berlin Global Music Academy embraces Zim’s cultural heritage project


Germany and Music Crossroads Academy Zimbabwe delegations watches on...
Global Music Academy Berlin together with the Music Crossroads Academy Zimbabwe and, the German Embassy did inaugurate the cultural heritage project documenting the drum culture of Chiweshe, Sungura and Mbira guitar styles.

These music styles are unique parts of Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage, have been made available for future generations by documenting them on video and making transcriptions captured in books.

Zimbabwe is home to a great number of unique dance drumming styles located in isolated rural communities which are under threat as young people migrate to the cities to look for work. These drum rhythms are an integral part of the Zimbabwean cultural identity and there are currently no musicians capable of capturing these skills and techniques which could provide the basis for a whole new range of music styles if a group of musicians/teachers were trained to document them properly and find new uses for them in a changing cultural context.

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