Katanga: Making drums in Kabwe

Zambia Drum craftsman

Katanga learned the art of playing and constructing traditional drums from his father. In his workshop, he builds drums, marimbas and other folklore instruments. His three children now help him in his work and his daughter Orica co-manages the Katanga foundation with him which trains young musicians. To build his drums, he collects wood, cuts and moulds it before covering it with skins. He also heads a musical group and promotes folkloric music. He received a first loan 4 years ago, worth approx. USD 1,700, which he since repaid with interests. He presently holds a loan of the equivalent of USD 5’700. These credits allowed him to buy raw materials and utensils to build his instruments and to promote his enterprise.

“I’m delighted to promote the culture of my ancestors and to do so with the support of a grass roots financial institution. I would now like to show my work internationally”, says Katanga.

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