Enterprising musicians have been afforded a chance to learn their trade wholistically, thanks to musician and filmmaker, Philip Mhlanga.
Mhlanga of BDF band who has also made the documentary “Lentswe La Baratani -The Hill of Lovers”, has teamed up with other musicians to form the Francistown Drummers Association.
Speaking at the launch of the association at the Supa Ngwao Museum last Saturday, Mhlanga said that although aimed primarily at drummers, the new organisation will also help players of other instruments learn their trade as well.
“We will be helping musicians learn not only the playing side of things but learn theory as well. Theory is very important as it helps musicians understand their craft better and gives them the advantage of playing all styles of music. If you know theory them you can play a song you have never heard before. All you need is a manuscript”, he said
Other speakers at the event , Dave Bestman of the Minestrone Jazz Band, bassist Mbonisi Magodi of The Cornerstones and Guitarist Cyril Ndolo also of The Cornerstones further stressed the importance of music theory.
“Theory enables one to play with almost anyone in the world” they all told their audience.