The Zimbabwe College of Music (ZCM) launched a state-of-the-art recording studio at a colourful ceremony that was characterised by music, dance and inspiring speeches.
Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora, the ZCM board of trustees and executive director Rachel Chido Chigwanda graced the event.
Also among the distinguished guests were the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director Elvis Mari, Woodlite director Lucky Taderera, Zimura director Polisile Ncube, POSB esteem manager K Chifambi, Tropical Sound marketing executive Percy Mukuchura, media personnel and various artists.
Dokora hailed ZCM for establishing the studio and providing a platform for African cultural elevation. After various segments of entertainment by ZCM students which mesmerised the gathering, Dokora urged Zimbabweans to take pride in building their economy and education through use of their cultural heritages and motifs.
ZCM recording studio has top-of-the-range equipment, which will not only initiate its students to the world of music technology, but will enrich their practical musicianship. The studio by design is a perfect fit in the world of fast-revolving technology through its ability to accommodate high, dynamic and acoustic traditional sounds to modern and sentimental music. To this end, the studio is highly suitable and not limited to the production of choral music, film scoring and or post production works, but a perfect move in the positive direction towards profitable entrepreneurship and self-sustenance for music students and college graduates.
This in turn is a turning point in music teaching through the provision of a facility that allows music practitioners to produce unquestionable documentaries and other musical works. According to Chigwanda, the studio will be available for both established and the upcoming musicians at an affordable rate.
“This is a highly complementary move to the updated school curriculum. Spearheaded by the vision to produce musical art professionals, Zimbabwe College of Music intends to take graduates to a higher level of self-sustained entrepreneurs who will carry out music production profitably with strict emphasis on recognisable quality standards and ethically upright standings,” said ZCM board of trustees vice-chairperson Richard Mvududu.
ZCM offers a diverse music curriculum through national certificates and Bachelor of Music degrees in Ethnomusicology, Jazz and Bandmasters. The institution has over the years produced alumni and professional music practitioners for local and international recognition such as Pastor Charles Charamba, Hope Masike, Rute Mbangwa, Dudu Manhenga, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Joseph Garakara and Clive “Mono” Mukundu, just to mention a few.