The "Tree of Music" Video
This video includes a segment featuring Sebastian Chuwa and provides background information on the conservation status and the use of mpingo in making musical instruments. It is available to customers from selected countries at the Television Trust for the Environment website.
The Tree That Makes Music
A GREEN UMBRELLA FILM FOR BBC/WNET 1992
||At a musical instrument factory in France, skilled craftsmen work fragments of African blackwood into clarinets and flutes for the international market. But in the early 1980s, with more and more wood cracking under pressure on the lathes, investigations turn to the plains of Tanzania, and to the Mpingo tree - the source of the remarkable black heartwood. The Mpingo takes over 70 years to reach commercial maturity. Prized by musicians around the world, it is also much sought after by Tanzanias Makonde woodcarvers whose sculptures play an important role in cultural life. Michael Guntons exquisite film links the instruments of today with the forests where people first made music, and shows how sustainable management of Mpingo plantations benefits local communities and international markets alike. (Source: TVE website)|
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