By Tawanda Marwizi
The Zimbabwe Music Festival Bira (ZIMFEBI) has vowed to continue hosting cultural outreaches in and outside the country, with a view to promote Zimbabwe’s culture and heritage.
Launched in 2014 at the Book Café, the organisation has held outreach programmes in locally in areas such as Guruve, Zvimba, Kadoma and Gokwe before taking it to Sweden.
Luckson Chikutu Makandire who is ZIMFEBI owner said the vision is to connect people with cultural heritage, roots and identity as well as create relationships between countries regardless of cultural backgrounds.
“We are resuming these cultural outreaches and we hope responsible authorities will assist us because we want several musicians from Zimbabwe to have cultural exchanges with musicians from different countries,” he said.
“We are aiming at merging diverse cultures as well as inspire multicultural meetings, wherein opportunities are discussed,” said Chikutu.
In his book “Flashback Identity”, Chikutu highlighted how ZIMFEBI encourages one’s upbringing, identity and origins.
“Diverse cultures and traditions can influence and reflect human beings in modern society. In the long term it may also contribute to a peaceful and harmonious society with independent and strong individuals,” he wrote in the book.
Since 2006 ZIMFEBI has been involved in a number of cultural workshops before launching in Sweden, 2007.
In 2010 the organisation participated at the Secret Festival with musicians from Europe and Africa that was held in Oland.
“In 2012 we had a project Makandire-Ariane Together as One which saw two musicians coming to share notes with Swedish musicians before launching Dandaro RaShumba neAzukuru in 2015,” he said.
…musicians must embrace the digital world
Chikutu said Zimbabwean musicians must embrace the digital world in order to create new sounds that can push their names forward.
Under a chapter on music development through technology, the author-cum musician said technology can increase spread any art form.
“Thanks to technological development, artistes can increasingly spread their art forms.In addition, there are more courses available for artistes such as Music Business Programmes, Cultural Schools and Music Schools that can assist artistes with knowledge to develop their talents and adopt business models,” he said.
“Today, there is musical education worldwide, which will affect the music industry in the future. Artistes now start to open their eyes and learn about their rights and recording companies which allows them to understand how valuable they really are,” he said, adding law is now also an important aspect that every musician should understand.