Unesco Recognises Mbira Artistes

The United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) yesterday included the art of crafting and playing mbira on it’s representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity so as to pave a way for the expansion of cultural markets and business development for Mbira Artistes.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Information, Mr Nick Mangwana confirmed this on his twitter handle saying Unesco is the key for the expansion of cultural markets and business development.

”Unesco included the art of crafting and playing mbira on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This paves way for the expansion of cultural markets and business development for mbira artistes.” The post reads.

The celebration was held yesterday at Rainbow Towers and the instrument is now officially recognized globally.

The event was represented by the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry who said this was a mile stone for Zimbabwe as the recognition of Mbira as a local product is a good tool for fighting piracy.


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