Friday, 19 February 2016

‘Celebrating International Mother Languages Day’

Sat 20 February 20163-6pm – FREE!
Pamberi Trust Garden, 90 Selous Ave between 8th and 9th Street, Harare
On Saturday 20 February, Pamberi Trust hosts the afternoon ‘Music Factory’ event, ‘Celebrating Mother Language Day’ (which falls on 21 February), in the garden of 90 Selous Ave, between 8th and 9th Streets, in Harare.
The free show from 3-6pm on the ‘Pamberi Trust Garden’ stage will feature exciting young artists from widely different backgrounds performing in different languages – Vera Chisvo (funky jazz) of Harare, and Black Sights (Afro-fusion) of Bindura, and rising star Tariro neGitare of Harare.  The MC for the event is ‘So Profound’, the gifted young poet Arnold Chirimika.
The event also salutes the Zimbabwean newspaper ‘Kwayedza’ (also online at which has presented national news in print in the Shona language for many years, along with its counterpart Umthunywa’ (, a Ndebele weekly in Bulawayo, both broadening the reach of important information in Zimbabwe.
“I believe that the most powerful language of expression is one’s own Mother language, thus the real importance for all our languages”, said Pamberi Trust Youth Development Projects Officer, Hector Mugani.  There are 16 languages recognised as official languages in Zimbabwe:  Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and sign language.  “It is also important for young artists to know the importance of their mother languages and how to protect, preserve and promote them.
The Music Factory is a Pamberi Trust arts development project, under the wing of the Youth programme, a monthly platform for young talent to shine, and for youths to voice their views on a number of socio-economic issues.  The event also falls within the Pamberi Trust project ‘Re-linking Communities through Culture’ which has seen wide exchange between artists from different centres in country.
In 2015 the Music Factory presented artists from diverse cultural backgrounds -  Jam Signal, Gwenga and Raven (Harare); The Outfit, Nobuntu and i-Tribe (Bulawayo), Knight Sounds (Glendale, Mashonaland Central), and Dziva reMbira (Shamva) and dancers from all over the country featured in the Jibilika Cyphers staged in partnership with Pamberi Trust.  Filmmakers from Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Mutare have screened their films at Pamberi Trust’s Wednesday Film Club.
Youth development in the arts is the business of Pamberi Trust, which is situated in 90 Selous Avenue between 8th and 9th Street, in a creative space that has become fondly known as the Pamberi Trust Garden, and which is well used by musicians, poets and writers of the city, and available for meetings, workshops, launches etc.
Other creative platforms at Pamberi Garden include the long-running Monday Open Mic, House of Hunger Poetry Slam, Sistaz Open Mic and Wednesday Film Club screenings.
The Saturday 20 February Music Factory show is free for all, and all people are welcome to what promises to be a very colourful and exciting show.
Partners in the delivery of this event and other youth and gender programmes, are the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust’s ‘Culture Impact’ programme; and Africalia (Belgium) for the creation and development of performing arts platforms.
Vera Chisvo is an energetic young artist based in Harare. She has performed at HIFA 2015, Miombo Magic 2015, Maun Festival of the Arts 2015 and many other festivals.  She has released two singles "Right Man" and "Ndakakutadzirei". She also has a lot of respect for her mother language Shona which she uses in her music compositions.
Black Sights is a band from the mining town of Bindura. They are a new arrival on the music scene and have been very successful in the Chibuku Road to Fame 2015 competition. They have a strong sound that blends the contemporary sound with traditional rhythms and sounds like Gure and Katekwe. The band sings in Chewa, Korekore and a little of Zezuru, and have been recording their album at J P studios.
Tariro neGitare (loosely translated, Tariro and the guitar) is a Zimbabwean guitarist, singer and songwriter. She plays an original mix of indigenous African sounds and contemporary urban styles with a strong afro-soul feel and evident influences from Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshly Ground, India Arie and Lauryn Hill. Tariro neGitare is a brand that came to fruition through a monthly event called the Wildfire Acoustic Nights ( which has taken her to greater heights. Tariro released her first album in April 2013 after a successful debut German Tour with the German band Jamaram.
Tariro has grown swiftly after starting out at the Sistaz Open Mic platform by Pamberi Trust under the FLAME project in 2007. It was at this platform that she linked up with Edith weUtonga (then called Edith and So What?!) and eventually became the guitarist for the band. She continued to gain experience and played for other artists including Diana Samkange and Cathy Mhlanga, before branching out on her own career which has seen her
Sharing the stage with some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians including Stella Chiweshe, Alexio Kawara, Victor Kunonga, Chiwoniso Maraire, Dudu Manhenga, Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso amongst others. She has also had the opportunity to share the stage with South Africa’s Simphiwe Dana and Zahara, American band Publish the Quest, German bands Ting Val Trio, Favo and Jamaram, Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania) and UK based Noisettes, amongst other artists.
Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes
The theme of the 2016 International Mother Language Day is “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.”
This underlines the importance of mother languages for quality education and linguistic diversity, to take forward the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies.   - Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
In Sustainable Development Goal 4, the 2030 Agenda focuses on quality education and lifelong learning for all, to enable every woman and man to acquire skills, knowledge, and values to become everything they wish and participate fully in their societies. This is especially important for girls and women, as well as minorities, indigenous peoples, and rural populations. This is reflected in UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action, a road-map to implement the 2030 Agenda, encouraging full respect for the use of mother language in teaching and learning, and the promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity.
Multilingualism is essential to drive these objectives forward – it is vital for success across the 2030 Agenda, regarding growth, employment and health, as well as sustainable consumption and production, and climate change.
UNESCO brings the same focus to advancing linguistic diversity on the Internet, through support to relevant local content as well as media and information literacy.  Through the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme, UNESCO is highlighting the importance of mother and local languages as channels for safeguarding and sharing indigenous cultures and knowledge, which are vast reservoirs of wisdom.
Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies. We must recognise and nurture this power, in order to leave no one behind, to craft a more just and sustainable future for all.

Friday, 27 November 2015


Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende and Isabella Matambanadzo

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

Farai Mupfunya

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende with Blessing Musariri

Monday, 19 October 2015

SOM Celebrates International Day of the Girl Child 2015

Raven the Duchess: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Eve Kawadza: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Lovely supporters: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Mutsa Shiripinda: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Princess Sibanda: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Pesto: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Princess Sibanda: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Nancy Mtize: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Collaboration of Poets & Musicians: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Mimie(from Byo): Photo by Batsirai E Chigama

Mimi: Photo by Batsirai E Chigama