A traditional musical instrument known as chimatende or chitende that was popular with young men in some parts of the country a long time ago resurfaces as part of initiatives to promote indigenous instruments designs.
A visit to the Zimbabwe Media Commission centre in Harare saw the organisation’s CEO Dr Tafataona Mahoso playing the almost forgotten but fascinating traditional instrument known as chimatende or chitende that is part of indigenous technology and design of the yesteryears.
Dr Mahoso says the music instrument that is a bow and arrow equivalent represented the transformation by young men of a weapon of war or hunting into an instrument of entertainment that was popular in Chipinge, Chimanimani, Buhera, some parts of Masvingo, among other areas.
Dr Mahoso says the traditional music instrument that embodies ancient African dream of peace, tranquility and love is one of the numerous fundamental sources and resources in the production for digital platforms and remain important for the music industry and the country.
Chimatende music instrument produces music that was meant to celebrate victory after war or perhaps after a very tough hunt.