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Google Celebrates Zimbabwe’s Culture Week With Doodle Of The Mbira.

Google which is one of the biggest industries in the world is not left out in the celebration of Zimbabwe’s t culture week with an interactive doodle of the Mbira, which is a musical instrument traditional to the Shona people as today marks the beginning of the Culture Week.

According to Wikipedia, The mbira is an African musical instrument, traditional to the Shona people of Zimbabwe. It consists of a wooden board with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs, the right forefinger, and sometimes the left forefinger.

How the Game Start.

It starts with storytelling to a young girl who watched a Mbira being played and fells in love with it.

As the young girl fell in love with it, she developed a passion for it and decided to learn how to play the instrument at a tender age and performed in a large crown who danced to her instrument.

She also encouraged and urged other young children to know to learn how to play.

Users of Google are challenged to play four traditional and modern songs by clicking the right key when instructed.

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The mbira lends itself to improvisation and personalization, which means that no two performances are alike according to The Mirror.

Before creating the Google Doodle, the team visited the Shona people in Zimbabwe to learn about the Mbira instrument.

In the words of the producer, Colin Duffy:

Without a doubt the most enjoyable thing about working on this Doodle was being able to experience and learn about Mbira from the Shona people in Zimbabwe. Prior to this project I could not tell you much about Mbira but the kindness, depth of history, and open-mindedness that the people of Zimbabwe showed our group was life-changing.

Happy Culture Week to the Zimbabweans!




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