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Tragedy as Zimbabweans are robbed of their culture and traditions

15 Oct 2019 at 05:48hrs | Views
Zimbabweans in the UK are seriously shocked by the loss of culture    In Zimbabwe. Most Zimbabweans had cultivated the thought of sending their kids to Zimbabwe for cultural lessons.  With the way our culture been eroded  the majority have been seriously disappointed.  Are we Zimbabweans losing our culture and values due to westernization? It seems as if we value everything from the west more than our own. Is modernization ruining Zimbabwe? Has western ideology highly influenced our Cultural identity. Culture is the identity or feeling of belonging to a group. It is part of a person's self-conception and self-perception and is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality or any kind of social group that has its own distinct culture. In this way, cultural identity is both characteristic of the individual but also of the culturally identical group of members sharing the same cultural identity or upbringing. To be Zimbabwean you must be identified with you culture. Culture is what makes us as who are we.

Cultural (and Ethnic) Identity is a subset of the communication theory of identity that establishes four "frames of identity" that allow us to view how we build identity. These frames include the personal frame, enactment of communication frame, relationship frame, and communal frame. The communal frame refers to the cultural constraints or the sense of "right" that people live by (which varies by cultural group). Therefore, Cultural (and Ethnic) Identity become central to a persons identity, how they see themselves and how they relate to the world.

Now Zimbabwe represents a brothel. All the dance are highly sexually suggestive.
Mika Shumba of Milton Keynes United kingdom said " i was horrified during the burial of the late national hero Mutukudzi that Zimbabwean pornographic dancer by the name Bev offended the culture by shaking her bottom so hard in honour of Mutukudzi.
Songs which are played in the national stations are full of vulgar. The profanity stinks so high that it even offends heavens.  Some singers publicly sing about Stonyeni. This becomes a serious acronym of the woman's  private parts. This is not our rich Zimbabwean Tradition.

A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.Common examples include social norms such as greetings. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of yearsâ€"the word tradition itself derives from the Latin tradere literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time.

In local communities, and indeed throughout the world, people simultaneously operate in multiple spheres of knowledge in both purposeful and unintentional ways. While the binary positioning of "traditional"/"indigenous"/"Zimbabwean and    modern"/"exogenous"/"Western" help us to understand these concepts in a pure and intelligible form wthese binaries are misleading in the concealment of the complex and ambivalent nature of people's realities. Particularly in a developing context, the history of colonization and contemporary pressures of post-colonialism and globalization lead to interwoven cultures.
While its true that Globalisation has taken its toll on the world. It continues to blend cultures together at an extraordinary rate, integrating customs, values and traditions. In many parts of the world, this process has had a profoundly positive effect and eradicated some of the worst practices of racism, xenophobia and other injustices that have plagued the human race throughout history. But with it, globalisation has also ushered in an era filled with lost culture and identity.

Sekuru Taruvinga of Kettering Notthamptoshire lamented the erosion of our culture in the Zimbabwe. He was shocked by the words in the music played on our local stations. He  singled out Baba Harare who trades vulgar under the veins of jiti. Baba Harare sings about Nzimbe inoka kumusoro. If one listerns and reads between the lines you will see the insults being planted into our children. "Sekuru Taruvinga said if a song is played on the national radio it will appear as if it is normal to sing and dance to profanity.

This last point is particularly true in new countries such as our own. The move towards becoming a "modern" country, by benchmarking our progress against other nations, has led to the formation of a rapidly changing culture.
The by-product of that shift is that many citizens struggle to hold on to the values passed on to them by their parents, families and community. They undertake this struggle, while sometimes contradictory foreign values are being adopted from the media, expatriate colleagues, friends and society as a whole. Zimbabwean local music has taken profanity and decided to call it Zimdance hall. The dancing presents girls shaking their bottom as if they want to throw it away.

For those of us who have spent time abroad, the process is that little bit more difficult. Living on the fence, understanding the logic and benefits of both sides, the struggle is ongoing to identify ways to combine inherited and adopted values and put them into one identity. So much so that many eventually end up lost or isolated.
Yet, those who are fortunate enough to possess the knowledge and understanding of both local and foreign principles and values are in truth some of the greatest assets Zimbabwe possess today.

Lessons could have been taken from Oliver Mutukudzi. He created ambassadors who held Zimbawean music high. Without shacking his bottom Mutukudzi conquered  the world of music. He did not need to introduce suggestive dancing in order to become a hero. He maintained his dignity and remained on top of his profession These ambassadors of progress fully understand their potential and the vital importance of their role as representatives of change and development. They never cross the line of decency to gain fame.   

Not surprisingly, there are those who are resistant when it comes to the sensitive topic of change, and this is to be expected.
Inch by inch, traditions and customs slowly fade away to make room for globalisation and it is only natural for people to oppose this change. But Zimbabwe has shocked even those who erode humanity as we know it.

"Even more so in the Country where people like myself â€" and many from the generation before me â€" have witnessed the unprecedented transformation of their country in just a few decades. We have observed as the culture of our parents, who struggled so hard to preserve it, is being eaten away by the excesses of newly introduced foreign values.
This resistance leads some to insist on the preservation of culture by being conservative, but, in truth, the way forward requires more finesse and diplomacy." Says Mr Abide Shumba from Leicester.

Me Absolom Kunzwa from Liverpool said "The force of globalisation is unstoppable and to resist it would be to live in denial. But a balance must be struck between the old and the new. That balance should be one that keeps an open mind to change and development, but also ensures the culture of Zimbabwe is at the heart of all plans mapped out for the country.
An investment must be made that recognises those who hold the invaluable keys of the past and uniqueness of Zimbabwean culture in their hands, alongside citizens who have lived and fully understood and experienced foreign cultures." Me Kunzwa said
"Rather than stumble into the trap that so many other countries have fallen into before â€" one that results in a loss of their own identity to make way for progress â€" a more balanced approach should be adopted, one that supports being conservative and progress at the same time."

Mrs Marylyn Mavaza of Corby added "A partnership must be built between both groups, allowing them to work side by side to map out the future of the country together, with the goal of having the Zimbabwe stand as one of the world's great countries. The preservation of our culture should be the foundation stone of this path, while it should also respect and value the diversity and advancement of other nations."  While there is a need to change we can not afford to have is lost in the cultural wilderness.

The situation in our traditions and cultures has hone another level.
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country rich in its cultures and tradition. But the up coming singers have invested in Vulgar thereby creating a society of vulgar and  profanity. This casts a thick black cloud on the future of our culture thereby condemning our children to a serious identity crisis without tradition.

Vazet2000@yahoo.co.uk

Source - Dr Masimba Mavaza
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