Al Jazeera Profiles Hector Rufaro Mugani, A Chimanimani Farmer Keeping Zimbabwean Music Alive

Hector Rufaro Mugani is a Chimanimani native, a town on Zimbabwe’s eastern edge, below the ridge of mountains that separates the country from Mozambique. He describes himself as a countryman.

Hector is one of many from the villages who left home to try and make a living in the capital, Harare. However, COVID-19, together with Zimbabwe's economic collapse and the political impasse in recent years, forced him back to his roots. After dropping out as a student of agronomy and working part-time as a drummer in various small-time bands, he is back home on the farm.

Now, Hector is exploring a life that combines his passions - farming and music. He has cleared a field and planted macadamia nut trees while he works with a handful of mbira players and some Zimbabwean dance hall bands and scours the region for new acts he can promote in Harare.

Al Jazeera followed Hector as he travels the region searching for new musical talent while also working on his personal backroom project to develop the first electric mbira, which he hopes will breathe new life into Zimbabwean traditional music.

Check out the full episode below

Source: Al Jazeera
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