What We Do
We currently have 31 students participating in our program that range in ages from 8 years to 20 years.
Our students are selected from the primary and secondary schools that are in the community we serve:
- St. Basil Chibikira Primary School
- St. Kizito Makaure Primary School
- Matanha Primary School
- St. John’s Matarutse Primary School
- Matanha Secondary School
- St. Michael’s High School
As our students age out of school they can continue with the program if they choose to.
The students attend lessons every Saturday when public school is in session and they take a break during school holidays. The lessons include mbira, marimba, singing, dancing, and hosho playing.
Our teachers educate the students on the history and meaning of the traditional songs that they teach. With the influx of western music, most mbira songs that play on the radio or television tend to be a fusion of western and traditional influences.
All the instruments that the students use for learning are provided by Humwe at no expense to the students.
The students spend 4 to 5 hours at the Centre during each practice session, during that time we also provide them with a meal and a snack as most of the students will not have had a meal when they come for lessons.