Oliver Mtukudzi: Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe

By Jennifer W. Kyker | Go to book overview

FOUR
Neria:
Singing the Politics of Inheritance

One of Zimbabwe’s premiere movie theaters and performance venues, the 7 Arts Theatre lies off of King George Road in the Avondale Shopping Centre, a collection of upscale cafes, restaurants, and shops just north of downtown Harare. Despite its many amenities, the visual aesthetic of the Avondale complex long seemed straight of out the early 1960s, its lack of updates one more reminder that the ebullient days of Zimbabwe’s early independence had given way to a sense of weary resignation. Perhaps no building proved this point more forcefully than the 7 Arts Theatre, a large brick complex gaudily adorned with colored letters forming the words “Rainbow Vistarama” above a small marquee listing movie show times. Yet over the years, the venue has regularly hosted luminaries of the Zimbabwean music and arts scene, from sungura singers such as Sulumani Chimbetu to Ndebele musicians such as Lovemore Majaivana and Busi Ncube.

In September 2002, I arrived at the 7 Arts for Tumbuka Dance Company’s tenth anniversary performance, a celebration of the group’s continued presence as Zimbabwe’s only modern dance company. On the program was a piece set to “Neria,” a song Mtukudzi originally wrote as the title track to the film Neria (1992), which sought to educate viewers about women’s rights to inherit property after the death of a spouse.1 The vision of director Godwin Mawuru, Neria was produced by the Media for Development Trust (MFD), a nongovernmental organization established to increase the availability of media materials “relevant to the development needs of Africa.”2 The MFD’s first feature-length release, the film depicts the trials facing its protagonist, Neria, whose husband is killed riding his bicycle home from work. Shortly after the funeral, Neria’s brother-in-law seizes her belongings, home, and even children. On the advice of a neighbor, she seeks recourse in the community courts. Despite the absence of a written will, a judge declares her eldest daughter Mavis as heir, appoints Neria as custodian, and orders her nefarious brother-in-law to return her husband’s estate. At the end of the film, Neria’s victory in the courts is echoed by a subsequent triumph in her husband’s village, where she returns to complete the inheritance rite known as kugara nhaka (literally, “sitting inheritance”), which marks the symbolic transfer of the deceased’s status to a family member, such as a son or younger brother.3

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction - The Art of Determination 3
  • One - Hwaro/Foundations 31
  • Two - Performing the Nation’s History 59
  • Three - Singing Hunhu after Independence 85
  • Four - Neria- Singing the Politics of Inheritance 109
  • Five - Return to Dande 127
  • Six - Listening as Politics 147
  • Seven - What Shall We Do?- Music, Dialogue, and HIV/AIDS 169
  • Eight - Listening in the Wilderness 203
  • Conclusion - I Have Finished My Portion of the Field 219
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 257
  • Index 275
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