The Beauty of Zimbabwean Folklore Rhythms
Theatre is The Park is introducing a new programme The Beauty of Zimbabwean Folklore Rhythm whose aim is to preserve and enhance the country’s melodramatic and theatrical forms.
The folklore rhythm will run from the 15th – 17th June.
Zimbabwe is a multi-cultural country with rich diverse, cultural heritage with lots of different traditional music genres from one ethnic group to another, each with their own particular values and tradition.
The new programme will see different drum rhythms of Chiyambera, Dinhe Jerusalem Mbende, Majukwa, Amantshomane, Amabhiza, Isitshikitsha, Mhande just to mention a few being performed.
These will be derived from different ethnic and tribal areas in the country such Korekore, Zezuru, Karanga, Ndebele, Manyika, Tonga and others, including some imported such as the Nyau.
Explaining the concert behind The Beauty of Zimbabwean Folktale Rhythms Rooftop Promotions Producer Daves Guzha said some of the traditional Zimbabwean instruments are facing the danger of extinction but drums have stood their way out for years as they have been used as medium of communication and believes theatre patrons will enjoy this new concept.
“If you attend funerals, memorial services and church services you will see how Zimbabwean appreciates Ngoma rhythms punctuated by dances.
“So why not bring it to our venue and share it with people from different backgrounds
“We have also realised that most traditional theatrical aspect that were being used long ago are fast disappearing as we adopt modern and some bit of foreign characteristic.
Adding that a long ago person used drums to send different messages and speaks to the lifestyle of many ethnic groups but if you look now most young people shun the traditional drums to computer generated genres, hence the idea of bringing drum beats at Theatre in The Park.
Zimbabwe’s best and leading percussionists Othnell Mangoma Moyo said it is the right time to introduce the new concept as a way of preserving the country’s tradition and music instruments.
“Music from other African countries such as West, Central and North Africa is much appreciated outside the region compared to Zimbabwe because we tend to fuse our drums with borrowed rhythms.
“Rhythm is the call of most music and Zimbabwean does excel beyond our borders because it lacks identity.
“One or two musician can be identified as Zimbabwean the rest are copy cat of various rhythms from different part of the world.
“Look at Salif Keita and his identity; he is indentified by his musical instruments.
“So we have a duty as the older generation to pass on to the knowledge to the young ones
Drums according to Moyo were also used to communicate things such as funeral, summoned to the chief’s kraal, to announce the first fruit and other various issues.
Moyo and Gibson Sharare in the coming days will be travelling around the country doing some research and exploring some Zimbabwean raw drum rhythms that are played by different people and their meaning so theatre patrons should expect more from the expedition.