A modern tradition: the social history of the Zimbabwean Marimba

  title={A modern tradition: the social history of the Zimbabwean Marimba},
  author={Claire Taylor Jones},
  journal={African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music},
  • C. Jones
  • Published 30 November 2012
  • History
  • African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music
Zimbabwean pop superstar Oliver Mtukudzi surprised his fans with a new lineup in 2007, replacing his trademark keyboard and electric guitar with marimba and mbira. ‘Tuku’ declared: “This change will inspire the younger generation of artists and make them proud of our traditional instruments” (Mtukudzi n. d). But the Zimbabwean marimba, widespread in urban schools and tourist venues, dates only from the early 1960s, when African xylophones of a modern design were introduced at the Kwanongoma… 
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