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Art of crafting and playing Mbira/Sansi, finger-plucking traditional musical instrument in Malawi and Zimbabwe


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Mbira/Sansi concerns the art of playing and making a traditional finger-plucking musical instrument in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The instrument consists of a wooden board with metal keys attached on top and produces a fluid percussive sound considered to be mystic and enchanting. In Malawi, the songs sung contain important messages about good behaviour and past events, and in Zimbabwe the instrument is used primarily for worship during various ceremonies. Skills are transmitted informally by apprenticeship and through formal coaching, and workshops are organized that culminate in competitions and international exchanges.


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Place/region: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Africa
Series: 2020 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Duration:
Production and personalities:
Director: Robert Kalonga, Dr B. Samwanda
Publisher: Zimbabwe. Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage; Tiwale Comminications, Malawi
Producer: Godfrey Seremwe, Priscilla Viriri, Comfort Mtotha
Coproducer/sponsor: Dzimbanhete Art and Culture Interactions; Charity Manuhwa; Malawi National Commission for UNESCO
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Rights: Tiwale Comminications, Malawi; Zimbabwe. Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage
 

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Original: Video.MP4
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: SYNAV-0154100006-HD
Source ref.: DOC: 0154100019; CAND:01541
Rights holder: Tiwale Comminication, Malawi; Zimbabwe. Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage