Music is a special art which is made up of various rhymes and tunes arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to. It gives us strength and pleasure, and relieves our stress and sadness. There are many different types of music almost in each language of the world and they vary from religious type to anthem and even hard rock or rap. The listeners of the music decide what to listen and it greatly depends on upon mood, time, level and age. But we at UCE believe no matter what type of music one listens, we need to listen and preserve our own traditional music because our traditional music says who we really are.
It is to this end that at UCE we have the Kwanongoma Music Workshop which produces and services various traditional musical instruments – that is, marimba, mbira and hosho . We have sold and serviced instruments for various schools, music academies and traditional music artists. The workshop is also part of the College’s initiative to offer services inline with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), the economic blueprint launched by the government in 2013.
UCE has showcased its musical instruments at the RIE-SET, an annual event initiated by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. It is an initiative to showcase to the nation and indeed the Southern African region, the research outputs and intellectual prowess by Zimbabweans both at home and in the diaspora. It is intended to provide an ideal platform from which Zimbabwe can harness and channel the knowledge and wisdom developed by the nation’s institutions of higher learning, research and related institutions and Zimbabweans in the diaspora, towards the achievement of the country’s goals