Month: September 2015

The shallow story with a deep meaning

One day Chicken was sitting under the apple tree. A slight breeze whistled, shaking the boughs of the young apple plant.
Plop! One apple fell with a thud!
“Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!” went Chicken, wings flapping, feathers flying, “the sky has fallen! The sky has fallen! Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!”
As chicken ran, she passed by Goat who was busy foraging the tender leaves of a thorn-tree.
“What’s the problem my friend?” asked Goat.
“The sky has fallen! I’m going to the king to report this incident. Cluck! Cluck! Cluuuuuck!”
“Well, don’t leave me behind, let’s go together!” And along the two went, running down the road leaving a tail of dust. Down the hill was Sheep, suckling her twins.
“Hello, you seem to be in a hurry. Where to?”
“To the king, to tell him the sky has fallen!”
Sheep stopped suckling her lambs and joined. After crossing the river they saw Pig who was busy mud-bathing with his entire clan.
“Hi there.”
“Oh? You are mud-bathing? Haven’t you heard?!”
“What?” retorted Pig
“The sky has fallen!” said Sheep.
“So?” questioned Pig.
“We have to report to the chief,” Sheep said.
“Well I want to go too”, and so Pig joined the entourage.
Up the hill the entourage huffed and puffed. About to reach the peak they saw Cow.
“Moooooo! Where are all of you going?”
“Grunt, Grunt!” replied pig, “to the king to tell him that the sky has fallen.”
“Let’s go together then! Let’s hurry!” Cow joined in.
As they went down the other side of the hill Fox saw them.
“Hello!” No one answered, they ran.
“Hey, where are you going?”
“To the King,” said Cow.
“To do what, when you are empty-handed like this?”
“To tell him that the sky has fallen”
“What!” exclaimed Fox.
“To tell him that the sky has fallen. Are you deaf?” said Cow angrily.
“Everyone stop! Stop now!”, said Fox. They stopped
“Cow, did you see the sky fall?”
No, but Pig saw it.”
“Pig, did you see the sky fall?”
“No,” said Pig, “but sheep and his family saw it with their two own eyes”
“Sheep?”, questioned Fox.
“I didn’t, my close relative Goat did.”
Fox questioned further; “Goat, did you really see the sky fall?”
“No but Chicken saw it and told me first.”
At that moment Chicken replied;
“I didn’t see it fall. I was sitting under the apple tree. The wind came. The sky fell. I heard it fall!”
“That’s terrible. That’s serious news!,” said Fox. “We have to tell the King immediately and this road you are using is far. I know of a shorter route that leads through the bushes.”
So the cunning fox led all these credulous and obsequious animals to his den, where together with his clan, had a feast for weeks.
And the King never got his message that the sky fell.

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Q&A with Tari Mtetwa

Who is Tari Mtetwa?

Tari Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean artist working on various media. A visual artist, poet and filmmaker. Studied Film and Television and also English and Communication. I currently live in Harare and apart from personal film productions I lecture Film Studies at the Film and Television School of Southern Africa. I’m passionate about all things art.

What kind of work do you produce?  

“And The Beat Goes On…” is a 73 minute documentary that explores the life and music of Zimbabwe’s music legends late and alive with children who are also pursuing the art. It features the music of Willom and Gary Tight, Andy and Ammara Brown, Leonard Dembo and sons (Tendai and Morgan) Elijah and Safirio Madzikatire and Mechanic Manyeruke and son Guspy Warrior. In cases where the artists are late we interviewed people who worked with them for instance Sam Mataure covered for Andy Brown, Raphael Makwiramiti (L.Dembo’s manager) for Dembo and Chibhodhoro for Mukadota.

How did you come up with this idea?

The idea came after I realised the trend of so many children of artists following their parents’ trade. My question was whether they were really talented as their parents or just something they were forcing. With that background I put together a team and started working on the project.

Four of us worked on the project, Obey Marimo Cinematography and Sound, Thobekile Sibanda – Voice Artist, Kudakwashe Masoka – Editor and myself Producer/Director.

What sources did you use while researching for this work?

I got much of the information from the National Archives of Zimbabwe where I got videos of the artists in the film, their songs and footage of television programmes in which they featured. The artists themselves helped with information they had archived personally. I also interviewed some people who are experts on Zimbabwean music such as Bob Nyabinde and Musa Zimunya (a lecturer and writer)

What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge was that the National Archives did not have all the footage I would have wanted and the artists themselves at times could not help.

The project was also self-funded so there were budgetary constraints but nothing too big to stop the work from going on.

We also couldn’t secure interviews from some artists we would have loved to include in the project.

Where do we watch your work; Youtube? ZBC?

My work is coming to the small screen soon, on some pay television. I’ve just concluded that deal and that restricts me from uploading it on sites like youtube but as soon as the contract’s bond period is over I’ll upload it.

What more should we expect from you besides documentaries?

From now I’ll be working on more of Zimbabwean art luminaries. Expect to see work on Zim literature at some point.

The End.

From now I’ll be working on more of Zimbabwean art luminaries. Expect to see work on Zim literature at some point.