Art Moves: Bulawayo to Glasgow (Arbroath) presented by MANY Studios

8 April 2017

Art Moves is a collaboration between MANY Studios and Mema Arts (Zimbabwe) addressing intangible culture in Southern Africa, using workshops, performance and play to discuss globalisation and the West’s influence over the global South.

Between February – May 2017, MANY Studios will run making and playing workshops and performances in Zimbabwe & Scotland. Workshops and events in Zimbabwe and Scotland will have traditional Zimbabwean instrument Mbira at the core. Using the Mbira as a basis for making, playing and knowledge exchange, we will host an intensive making course in Bulawayo at the Salukazi Arts Centre with artists Luke Tamanga and Chigumbu Sample. Chigumbu and Luke will work with 10 young participants in a skills-based workshop that allows young people to develop new skills for professional development, and educates in the context of traditional arts and culture in Zimbabwe.

Mema Arts work with young people to preserve traditional culture through the arts in Zimbabwe, addressing the rapid globalisation and influence of the West in the country, and tackle continual rise of unemployment amongst the youth through skill development and professional opportunities. The intensive course will also include musicality and dance, and will conclude with a live performance event bringing together some of Bulawayo’s highly respected mbira players, singers and dancers in a celebration of culture and arts.

Workshops and performances in Bulawayo took place January – February 2017, working with 25 young people over two weeks, developing skills in mbira making, as well as mbira playing, song and dance. The participants continue to work with Mema Arts to develop skills and knowledge in the arts for professional development and opportunities. Mema Arts’ director Bruce Ncube in now in the UK for the second phase of the project – a series of three music and dance courses around Scotland. The UK workshops will use the instruments built in Bulawayo to teach traditional songs and dance to participants in three cities across the country. Each workshop will conclude with a public performance event, inviting local musicians from the towns to play together, creating a fusion sound of traditional instruments.

with Bruce Ncube, Luke Kamhanga, Taurai Moyo

Workshops are free to attend and participants need not have any musical experience. 

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