Ongoma! Notes on Namibian Musical Instruments

A research on music and dance in Namibia
Mans, Minette
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Title: Ongoma!
Subtitle: Notes on Namibian musical instruments
Author: Minette Mans
Publisher: Gamsberg Macmillan
Windhoek, Namibia 2000
ISBN 10: 9991601198
ISBN 13: 9789991601199
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 135 pages, numerous photos and illustrations

About: Ongoma! Notes on Namibian musical instruments

Since independence in 1990, arts education in Namibia has been undergoing significant reform, some of which is still in the planning stages. Yet many teachers are dismayed at the lack of materials with which to bring the diversity of Namibian culture into the classroom. This is particularly the case with respect to the teaching of music and dance. To compound this situation, few teachers have been trained in the Western technique of reading notation, and most do not have access to electronic media, such as audio and video equipment, in the schools in which they teach.

Ongoma! Notes on Namibian musical instruments came about due to the need for more information on Namibian music, musical instruments and cultural practices. A knowledge about music is not enough; learners must be given the opportunity to make music. I have therefore attempted to indicate throughout the book how the given information can be used in the classroom. in order to encourage creative thinking (without being prescriptive), I have provided some ideas for classroom activities. Hopefully the resourcefulness of individual teachers will lead to many more ideas. The activities suggested in this book are only a beginning, and are an attempt to break away from knowledge based on facts alone.

I hope that the information provided in this book will stimulate teachers and learners alike to explore the fascinating area of Namibian culture and tradition. Learners need to (re)discover the richness and diversity of Namibian culture, and to once again play if possible, some of the old instruments which are no longer so widely in use. Of course, in some parts of the country the instrumental music described in this book, Ongoma! Notes on Namibian musical instruments, is certainly alive and well! I also hope to follow up this publication with one providing a variety of songs and dances.

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