Zimbabwe moves to strengthen music sector

From 9 to 15 March 2020, Ms Yarri Kamara and Mr Farai Mpfunya who are members of the EU/UNESCO Expert facility conducted their first mission to map the strategy for the Zimbabwean music sector. The objective of this mission was to meet and consult as many relevant stakeholders as possible in the sector to analyse the situation and define the results framework. The experts were hosted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa.

During the mission, the experts met with representatives from key ministries and sector gurus, toured music facilities in the country and hosted a consultative workshop with players in the music sector in Harare. A work plan on the crafting of a strategy for music development in Zimbabwe was developed with help of the two experts.

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director, Mr Nicholas Moyo, said that the Arts Council was ready to work with the experts to develop a sector specific strategy. He said the two experts will bring a mix of local (Farai Mpfunya) and international (Yarri Kamara) expertise that should lead to a rich and well-meaning strategy for the development of music industry in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is one of the 12 beneficiary countries receiving on-demand non-financial assistance from UNESCO to design, adapt and implement regulatory frameworks along countries like Uganda, Costa Rica and Mexico. The activities of the project are being implemented under the EU/UNESCO project on the Governance of Culture in developing countries.

The project seeks to support new regulatory frameworks to strengthen the cultural and creative industries and promote South-South cooperation. In Zimbabwe, the EU/UNESCO project is expected to stimulate the music sector’s contribution to the economy.