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Acclaimed Mbira Musician Says the Source of His Talent Is as Mystical as the Music

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Culture

The mbira, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument and genre of music, is believed to connect the living world with the spirit world, with mbira players facilitating this sacred link. One such musician owes his success to an origin story as mystical and weighted with meaning as the music he plays.

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Traditional Spiritualists Seek Aid and Recognition to Spur Economic Recovery

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureHealth

Traditional spiritualists say Zimbabwe’s current problems are due to the government’s failure to recognize their work and to honor ancestral spirits who helped the country win liberation. They are seeking government funding, saying it would help rectify this oversight and lead to economic recovery.

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In Zimbabwe, Debate Over Exhuming Controversial Colonialist from Sacred Site Continues

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyCulture

When colonialist Cecil John Rhodes died, he asked to be buried in Zimbabwe’s sacred Matobo Hills. His gravesite has long been a popular and lucrative tourist destination. As the threat of COVID-19 has shuttered the site and killed the nation’s tourism industry, local people are renewing the debate over whether the polarizing politician deserves to stay.

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Are Myths About Menstruation Pushing Some Women Out of Zimbabwe’s Mining Industry?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureEconomyExtractivesWomen's Rights

Although hundreds of thousands of women are involved in Zimbabwe’s mining industry, traditional beliefs that women bring bad luck often prevent some from thriving in the field. Many female miners are pushing back, saying that their participation is necessary for economic growth, but others say it isn’t worth the effort.

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Zimbabwean Musician’s Spin on Traditional Instrument ‘Carries His Gift to Others’

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: ArtsCulture

The instrument known as the mbira has long been a part of Zimbabwean musical tradition. One local man’s passion and unique way of crafting it has gained him fans across the world.

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Big Love, Small Houses: Polygamy on the Rise in Zimbabwe’s Cities

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureFamily

Polygamy has long been practiced in Zimbabwe’s rural areas, but it’s becoming more common in urban areas, too. In this story, women and men in polygamous marriages speak about the dynamics of this evolving practice.

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As Reading Culture Declines, Zimbabwe’s Authors Find an Audience Online

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Culture

Local authors as well as researchers on literacy trends say that Zimbabwe’s reading culture is in decline, citing accessibility and the rising prices of physical books. A new group of authors is eschewing traditional publishing and finding readers where they are – on social media.

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Feature Photo: Zimbabwe: Face Painting

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Culture

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Breaking With Tradition, Zimbabwean Women Perform on the Mbira

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureReligion

Tradition holds that playing the mbira can summon the spirits of dead ancestors - and that women should not play the instrument. But several women in Zimbabwe are redefining the instrument and the music, composing songs with political and social messages.

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Young Zimbabwean Men in Football Match

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Culture

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