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Zimbabwean Artist Othnell ‘Mangoma’ Moyo Constructs Cultural Arts Center in Domboshava

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Zimbabwean Artist Othnell ‘Mangoma’ Moyo Constructs Cultural Arts Center in Domboshava

In the heart of Domboshava in Zimbabwe, a new beacon of artistic expression is emerging. Othnell ‘Mangoma’ Moyo, a multifaceted talent known for his prowess as a Performing Artist, Instrument Builder, and Ethnomusicologist, is spearheading the creation of a Cultural Arts Center. This center, aptly named Ngoma Ingungu, promises to be a hub for creativity, learning, and the preservation of Zimbabwean cultural heritage.

By Plot Mhako

Moyo’s journey towards establishing the Ngoma Ingungu Cultural Arts Center is one deeply rooted in his personal experiences and unwavering passion for music and traditional art forms. Hailing from the Nguboyenja township of Makokoba in Bulawayo, Moyo’s upbringing immersed him in the rich sounds of marimba and ngoma, imparted to him by his siblings. These early encounters with music ignited a lifelong dedication to his craft and a commitment to preserving Zimbabwe’s cultural legacy.

Driven by a thirst for knowledge, Moyo embarked on a journey of learning and exploration, seeking tutelage from elders and peers alike. His dedication and talent soon garnered attention, leading to collaborations with both local and international artists. Through his band MAP – Music According to Percussion, Moyo showcases the diversity of Zimbabwean musical styles while advocating for the importance of education and preservation in the face of historical adversity.

The inception of the Ngoma Ingungu Cultural Arts Center marks a significant milestone in Moyo’s mission to celebrate and safeguard Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage. Situated in Munyawiri Village, Domboshava, the center serves as a space for artistic exchange, education, and community engagement. It is a testament to Moyo’s unwavering commitment to providing a platform for indigenous art forms to flourish.

As a prelude to the center’s official opening, Moyo is organizing the inaugural Mavhurachando Camp, a cultural excursion inviting participants to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Zimbabwean music and art. The camp, curated by Moyo himself, offers a unique opportunity for artists, researchers, students, and cultural enthusiasts to learn traditional music and instrument making from guest teachers hailing from rural Zimbabwe.

“Scheduled to commence on the 24th of April and conclude on the 2nd of May 2024, the Mavhurachando Camp promises to be a transformative experience, fostering connections and deepening understanding of Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage. Participants will engage in hands-on workshops, performances, and cultural exchanges, guided by seasoned practitioners deeply rooted in Zimbabwean traditions.”

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Moyo’s vision for the Ngoma Ingungu Cultural Arts Center extends far beyond its physical walls. It is a testament to the resilience of Zimbabwean culture and a beacon of hope for future generations of artists and enthusiasts. Through his tireless efforts, Moyo continues to bridge the gap between past and present, ensuring that Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage remains vibrant and relevant in an ever-changing world.

“Othnell ‘Mangoma’ Moyo’s vision is not just to build a center but to cultivate a legacy—a legacy of cultural pride, artistic excellence, and boundless creativity that will resonate for generations to come.”

Having represented Zimbabwe in over 30 countries and collaborated with artists from across the globe, Moyo’s journey is a testament to the power of music and cultural exchange. His participation in international programs like One Beat (USA) has enriched his artistic perspective, further fueling his commitment to celebrating diversity and fostering global connections through music.

As the Ngoma Ingungu Cultural Arts Center takes its place on the cultural landscape of Zimbabwe, it stands as a testament to the transformative power of art and the enduring spirit of those who seek to preserve and celebrate their heritage.

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