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Music of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean music includes folk and pop styles. Much of the folk music incorporates mbira, Ngoma drums and hosho. Music has played a significant role in the history of Zimbabwe, from a vital role in the traditional Bira ceremony used to call on ancestral spirits, to protest songs during the struggle for independence. In many cultures, music has the uncanny ability to bring people closer together. For Zimbabwe's Shona community it is what links them to their culture and individual identity. Their way of life was under threat when a large colonialism movement swept through Zimbabwe. This movement forced the Shona people to leave their sacred ancestral lands, the heart of their culture. However, they fought to keep their traditions and ancestors with them through musical representation. Music has the power to influence how people behave. It can evoke certain moods, feelings, and states of mind in people. It is a universal language that can connect people to their past and spread messages. Charles Charamba Brian Chikwava Simon Chimbetu Musekiwa Chingodza Chirikure Chirikure Stella Chiweshe Coco weAfrica Leonard Dembo Dizzy Dee Chartwell Dutiro Mbuya Dyoko Ngonidzashe Kambarami Alexio Kawara Kikky Badass Forward Kwenda Ninja Lipsy Ignatius Mabasa Alick Macheso Madzitatiguru Takunda Mafika Cosmas Magaya Tkay Maidza Lovemore Majaivana Zeke Manyika Garry Mapanzure Thomas Mapfumo Chiwoniso Maraire Dumisani Maraire Mashasha Hope Masike Paul Matavire Louis Mhlanga Tongai Moyo August Msarurgwa Oliver Mtukudzi Selmor Mtukudzi Anna Mudeka Ephat Mujuru Isaac Musekiwa Busi Ncube Albert Nyathi Jah Prayzah Ramadu Roki Siyaya Buffalo Souljah System Tazvida Biggie Tembo Jr Gary Tight Garikayi Tirikoti Diego Tryno Viomak Edith WeUtonga Winky D Jonathan Wutawunashe Leonard Zhakata Charity Zisengwe