Empowering the next generation

24 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Empowering the next generation Zimbabwe College of Music has churned out a number of graduates.


ZIMBABWE is a country known for its rich and diverse musical genres. Different regions of the country have their own popular genres. Zimbabwe has unfortunately lost many talented artists, whose contributions to the Musical Academies would have been invaluable for the next generation and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Timothy Kuhamba

To address this gap, the establishment of music academies becomes pivotal. These academies would serve as platforms where seasoned artists from the community can pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation of musicians. Not only would such academies nurture talent, but they would also act as a positive force in combating prevalent issues like drug abuse within our communities. By providing a structured and supportive environment, these academies offer an alternative path for aspiring artists, empowering them to pursue their passion and contribute positively to society.

Taking inspiration from the successes of institutions like Pakare Paye Arts, Zimbabwe Academy of Music, Zimbabwe College of Music, and Amakhosi Theatre and Cultural Centre, the establishment of such academies is a noble idea. However, it is crucial to consider their sustainability. The longevity of music academies worldwide depends on various factors, including their funding models, curriculum, community support, and adaptability to changing needs.

Examples of sustainable models include government funding, tuition fees, endowments and donations, partnerships and collaborations, and community engagement and support.

In this regard, it is worth acknowledging the efforts of Othnell Mangoma Moyo in establishing the Ngoma Ingungu Cultural Arts Centre. Located in Munyawiri, Domboshava, in the Goromonzi District of Zimbabwe, this arts and creative center demonstrates a bold step towards fostering cultural arts in the region.

One notable area with a vibrant music scene is Chitungwiza, often referred to as the “musha mukuru” (big town). It has been the birthplace of numerous renowned artists who have made significant contributions to the industry. From Jordan Chataika, System Tazvida, John Chibadura, Dick Chingaira, Calisto Nyamhute, Knowledge Kunenyati, David Chiyangwa “Mr Bulk,” Paul Mpofu, Cephas Mashakada, Mechanic Manyeruke, Alick Macheso, Nicholas Zakaria, to Baba and Mai Charamba, the list goes on. The city has undeniably been a reservoir of talent.

Alick Macheso has played a supportive role in assisting musicians such as Peter Moyo, Tryson Chimbetu, Tedious Matsito Junior, and others after the passing of their fathers.

Notably, Pastor Charamba has also aided Peter Moyo in enhancing his vocal abilities, evident in his recent offering, “Mwana waMambo.”

Aspiring musicians look up to him as a source of inspiration, seeking to replicate his distinctive musicality and style. It is important not to lose artists without them passing the rich knowledge there have.

By nurturing young musicians, the academy would contribute to the growth and development of our music industry, ensuring its longevity and fostering a strong connection between established and budding musicians. — earground.com

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