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Articles written by Charles Nhamo Rupare

Heathen Songs of the Natives

These songs of ours always get us into trouble. When we want peace, we sing. When we want to be heard we sing. Sound permeates our lives and like Fela Kuti said; Music is a weapon. Pipe smoking elders in Zimbabwe who spend lazy afternoons playing Mbira say a grunt in a chant spells trouble. This is the free voice of Afrikan music.

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We Are Not A People Of Yesterday: A Memory Lost To Time

On a good summer day our elders recounted their escapades at the beginning of time and the fabrication of the singular thread in the tapestry that is Alpha and Omega. They could number every star in the heavens, the grains of sand on our virgin beaches and dunes, the number of rain droplets that have fertilised our land and those contained in our rivers and oceans.

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