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THE POWER OF SOUND AND
IMAGES: SAFEGUARDING
SONG AND DANCE
TRADITIONS IN ZIMBABWE
Paper presented at the Indigenous Knowle...
Wish he had a video camera to
record this!!!
The traditional coronation of Chief Ndima, as narrated by
Moss (1974:330), “T...
Songs in every day life
Songs are part and parcel of every aspect
of life.
From early childhood to late adulthood
songs ...
Songs as archives
music is more than mere entertainment,
rather it conveys massages of social
value.
Through songs, myth...
Why archive “archives”
songs are associated with unique
performances, dances, regalia, objects and
traditions which const...
Challenges in archiving songs
and dances
The song and dance traditions comprise of
i. lyrics
ii. movements,
iii. actions
...
Through their ability to capture and
convey complicated movements and
processes, sound and image recording
technologies a...
Sound and Moving Image recording was introduced
in 1948 and 1949 respectively
Both developments resulted in the capturin...
 songs and dances constitute an important part
of indigenous cultures
Songs and dances comprises of various aspects
all ...
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  1. 1. THE POWER OF SOUND AND IMAGES: SAFEGUARDING SONG AND DANCE TRADITIONS IN ZIMBABWE Paper presented at the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Conference, Bulawayo, 28-31 August 2012 Victor Nduna National archives of Zimbabwe, Audiovisual Unit Email: vnduna@archives.gov.zw
  2. 2. Wish he had a video camera to record this!!! The traditional coronation of Chief Ndima, as narrated by Moss (1974:330), “The remaining members of the family of the party had mealie meal smeared in a patch on their foreheads...As the party approached the kraal they were singing a traditional song ‘Ndiani waka uraya baba’ and proceeded to shuffle around the grave of the chief. The party was joined by other relatives and people who had come to the ceremony... Once the song and dance had been completed one of the madzibaba ordered people to sit...”
  3. 3. Songs in every day life Songs are part and parcel of every aspect of life. From early childhood to late adulthood songs celebrate, motivate, mourn, worship, lament, rebuke, console, teach. Cultural identity in music- it is people’s music that makes them a unique people.
  4. 4. Songs as archives music is more than mere entertainment, rather it conveys massages of social value. Through songs, myths, legends and folklore are passed on in forms that can be easily stored and retrieved from people’s memory and the question of literacy becomes unimportant
  5. 5. Why archive “archives” songs are associated with unique performances, dances, regalia, objects and traditions which constitute an important aspect of human knowledge and culture. While the lyrics may stand the taste of time, the song culture will eventually change and need to be captured for future generations to compare the present with the past.
  6. 6. Challenges in archiving songs and dances The song and dance traditions comprise of i. lyrics ii. movements, iii. actions iv. Materials All these aspects need to be contextualised in a way that conventional documentation methods cannot capture and convey
  7. 7. Through their ability to capture and convey complicated movements and processes, sound and image recording technologies are a powerful means of capturing song and dance traditions Power of sound and images
  8. 8. Sound and Moving Image recording was introduced in 1948 and 1949 respectively Both developments resulted in the capturing of African indigenous cultures as compared to print media The residues of these developments at the NAZ are a rich source of traditional songs from late 1940s to the present day recorded on different audiovisual media reflecting the Zimbabwean song and dance culture. Evidence of the power of sound and image recording in Zimbabwe
  9. 9.  songs and dances constitute an important part of indigenous cultures Songs and dances comprises of various aspects all of which are important. There is a great need to capture all aspects of the songs and dances when documenting the song and dance traditions Combined use of sound and video recording equipment is vital to fully document song and dance traditions Some field experiences

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