Primary schools in Norton were today handed over mbira instruments as a way of reviving the country’s musical identity with nature of the instrument.
Traditional music is slowly finding its way out of the Zimbabwean musical radar as the majority which are the youths are preferring contemporary genres like sungura, hip hop and the rise of the popular Zimdancehall music.
Unknown to many is the fact that every musical genre is associated with a certain identity that bears the culture, the tradition of a particular society where it originated.
Mbira is one such instrument that has a Zimbabwean footprint having originated at Great Zimbabwe and was strongly associated with traditional ceremonies and African musical festivals.
It is against this background that a Norton-based arts centre Dzepamvura Mbira donated 110 mbira instruments to 10 Norton schools and one orphanage with the sole aim of promoting the iconic instrument beginning from a tender age.
Sponsor and director of the centre Mrs Lydia Mutongwiza explains the motive behind the donation.
Commending the gesture on behalf of the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Honourable Kirsty Coventry, ministry representative Mrs Jiri said government will continue to support the arts sector as a critical area in cultural tourism.
Norton legislator Honourable Temba Mliswa said he will lobby President Emmerson Mnangagwa to declare mbira a national sound to be played on national events.
Mbira music might be underrated but once played everyone goes wild as its supernatural sounds remain unmatched.