Arts Correspondent

AN old adage suggests that only those who well document their history lives forever. Their lives will be relived through their readers as they turn through the pages.

This is the genius behind “Flashback Identity” a book that was penned by Swedish based cultural activist and musician Makandire Chezhira Chikutu a.k.a ManLuckerz.

It may not be a typical page turner or a creative masterpiece but the book is definitely genius in immortalizing culture.

“Flashback Identity” chronicles different local culture, their origination, development and even commercialization.

It touches well on religion, its importance in both the pre and post-colonial eras discussing the relevance of African traditional religion in today’s society.

“Flashback Identity” manages to discuss the different traditional dances including Jerusarema Mbende, Muchongoyo, Mhande, Shangara, Dinhe, and Mbakumba, well narrating their origination, the different Shona dialects that mostly practice them and their significance.

The book is well researched and is well deserving to be part of education curriculum in both conventional and art schools.

In narrating his family history, ManLuckerz manages to not only immortalize himself and the local culture but also musicians who came before him.

It’s sad that celebrated musicians do not usually publish their biographies save for a few individuals.

“Flashback Identity” also serves as a reminder to musicians and art practitioners still leaving that they need to document their lives for the benefit of those who come after them.

Artistes should be encouraged a culture of documenting their lives and career experiences so as to preserve their heritage.

Well-done ManLuckerz in leading the way.

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