Zimbabwe Music and Art
- Mbira — traditional music style of the Shona — similar to American jazz
- Mbira music is played on an instrument that is also called a mbira
- Forward Kwenda — outstanding mbira performer
- Henry Olonga – Cricket player/musician/artist – – learn more at http://www.henryolonga.net/container/
- Zimbabweans carve some of the the finest wooden carvings you will find anywhere in Africa. They are extraordinarily talented.
- Shona stone sculpture (this is now widely recognized as one of the most significant art movements to have evolved in recent times.)
- Learn more about Zimbabwean Art here.
(Rogers, Barbara R and Rogers, Stillman D. Zimbabwe. New York, NY: Children’s Press, 2002.)
Lesson Plan Ideas for Music & Art in Zimbabwe
- Talk to the music teacher at your school to see if he/she has access to an mbira that he/she can show them and let them try in music class.
- Watch videos online of mbira music.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofEJXoVTwCo&feature=related (Students at Duke University learning about the instrument, mbira)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIPORpN27CY (5 minute clip of mbira music played)
- Watch videos of Forward Kwenda (the outstanding mbira performer.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dj-lDwx2s (Forward Kwenda playing at Great Zimbabwe 1998)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpLro0boEA8&feature=related (mbira lesson by Forward Kwenda)
- Students can listen to “Our Zimbabwe” which is a beautiful song written by Henry Olonga– found both in Shona and English with a slideshow.
- Read the descriptions of Zimbabwean Art –show the pictures and discuss. Allow students to complete the English Connection worksheet and share their sentences with their classmates.