Musicians are encouraged to document their music for the benefit of preserving their work and for future generations to be able to research, and learn from their work.
Everyday hit songs are produced but none are documented and music artists and students cannot research on a number of musicians who joined the music industry for example, in the 1970s.
Musicians such as Lovemore Majaivana, James Chimombe, Fanyana Dube, Marshall Munhumumwe, John Chibadura, The Cool Crooners, Jonah Moyo, Zexie Manatsa, and Paul Matavire, among others, have no documentation records about their music and life history because the information is not readily available.
Talent promoter Samuel Mkhithika says artists should prioritise documenting their music so that upcoming musicians have a compass that directs them in the music industry.
Documented information by artist’s can also assist others who want to venture into the music industry.
“There are various artists who have made it in the music industry and no one is seeking them to document their music while they are still around.
“Music schools should task their students to document music for the sake of the future,” said Mkhithika.
Documenting music preserves narratives, cultural, environment, ancestry, heritage, and helps future generations to learn more on how to produce meaningful and timeless music.