Tanaka Samantha Chikati2021

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy
Roodepoort, South Africa

Tsvimborume (a Shona word which roughly translates to ‘a very old man’). Tanaka learnt how to play this traditional song when she was 12. She
played it in her marimba band, which she was the captain of. This song talks about how old men
fight each other, and it is a call to go to battle. It was one of the songs that were performed during
the Zimbabwean liberation struggle.


  • Title: Tsvimborume
  • Creator: Tanaka Samantha Chikati
  • Date Created: 2021
  • Location Created: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Rights: Tanaka Samantha Chikati
  • Medium: Music
  • Wadrobe: Cecilia Chikati
  • Videographer: Joel Adam Thuo
  • Teacher: Richard Matimba
  • Curated By: Towela "Kams" Tembo

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