INITIATED BY THE GREAT MUSICIAN STELLA CHIWESHE, THE CHIVANHU PROJECT AIMS TO REVIVE AND DEVELOP LINKS WITH MBIRA TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND THE ANCESTRAL CULTURE OF ZIMBABWE, BY CREATING A TEACHING CENTER IN HER NATIVE REGION, NEAR BINDURA, 70 KM FROM THE CAPITAL HARARE.
BY CREATING THE CHIVANHU TRADITIONAL MUSIC CENTER, STELLA CHIWESHE AIMS TO BRING OUT A PLACE OF TEACHING AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE.
OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND TO BE A PLACE OF TEACHING FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE REGION, THIS CENTER WILL ALSO HOST A YEARLY FESTIVAL AND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS, AS WELL AS LOCAL TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES
A STRONG EROSION OF TRADITIONAL AND ANCESTRAL CULTURE IS UNDERWAY IN ZIMBABWE.
The encounter between traditional and ancestral society and modern culture is, as often, a complex situation. Here are the main factors identified :
The majority presence of modern culture in the mass media ; the weakening of the importance given to culture, tradition and cultural heritage in education ; and the generational gap dividing the youngest and the oldest, because of their position and their different understanding of modernity and social attitudes.
THIS PROJECT IS OPENLY IN LINE WITH PROJECTS AIMING TO RECREATE AND REINFORCE LINKS AND RECONNECT OUR SOCIETIES WITH THEIR ROOTS AND TRADITIONS, WITH THE AIM OF BUILDING A MORE STABLE AND GROUNDED FUTURE SOCIETY.
MAINTAIN, DEEPEN AND PROMOTE TRADITIONAL SHONA CULTURE
in Zimbabwe and beyond, through the exchange, practice and teaching of traditional music and dance - especially Mbira.
BRING TOGETHER A WIDE VARIETY OF TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS
from different cultures, from Zimbabwe, Africa but also other continents. This is to create opportunities for mutual learning and cultural exchange.
ORGANIZE A MUSIC FESTIVAL AND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS
HOST LOCAL CONCERTS, PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AND TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES
ENSURE TRANSMISSION TO YOUNGER GENERATIONS
promoting the practice of traditional music in schools of the region.