Welcome to MIXDEM
Help document Zimbabwean music.Old school or recent music, we need them all.
Music is so powerful and rich. It can have a calming effect, make you feel more romantic, make you feel inspired,bring you back fond memories and so much more. Music stirs deep emotions in people- love, sorrow, happiness are some of the easily recognisable emotions. Great music is much more than entertainment,it's poetry laden with social commentry, education and clever wordplay which might not be readily clear to an average listener.
Zimbabwe music is very rich but some of it's greatest music is buried deep into the bowels of history. When one do stumble upon some of these gems, either by chance or luck ,one still do not fully understand the song. A lot of information will be still missing. Certain events might have inspired the song but if you were born in the 90s there is a good chance you know little of events that transpired in the 50s,60s and 70s. In these circumstances one will be either continue in their ignorance or they might try to find someone who might understand better the music to explain to them. Sometimes you not so lucky and you will be left frustrated.
Even the present day music, one might still not fully understand the "lingo" or "slang" being used in some of the songs. Some music also might reference places you have never heard of or had the chance to be. For example kwaMereki is one of the popular places to be referenced in most music but not everyone have had the chance to visit Harare. When they listen to the music it will limit their level of understanding.
Also our vernacular langauges are also rich with idioms and proverbs which might difficult to understand in our increasingly westernised present day Zimbabwe. Anyone who have listened to Paul Matavire will understand. Given also that Zimbabwe is multi-lingual, you might find it not also understand that song in Shona, Ndebele or Tonga. Very few will understand what Mokoomba will be saying in their music.
MIXDEM strives to provide the answer for the above problems and more. It seeks to provide a platform for one to understand the deeper meaning into your favorite Zimbabwean music. It also seeks to provide a comprehesive database of all Zimbabwe music ever made. No Zimbabwean music should ever be lost in history. Even if one was born in the 90s, doesn't mean they don't have to discover and understand great 60s music like Ruva Rangu Ndiwe Chete. MIXDEM goes beyond all but it also makes it possible for anyone to contribute to making the greatest Zimbabwe music knowledge library.
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