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Education for Music Production in Africa: An Imperative for Progress

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Technology has brought about a radical shift in music production and distribution worldwide. One major disruption in the production chain has been the demise of recording studios, which traditionally provided engineers and producers with on-the-job skills training. In the West, universities and other institutes have filled this education gap and the music industry continues to function despite broader problems. For the African continent, however, the education gap has yet to be filled. Given that Africa now boasts the highest mobile growth rates in the world, (through which its communication, medical, and finance sectors already prosper), an ideal platform for music distribution is already in place. But the chain to that platform is broken at least in part by a lack of production skills. Education is urgently needed. This paper proposes a pilot scheme in Zimbabwe partnering corporations, government, musicians, and other stakeholders to provide the human skills required to adopt new technologies in the music industry.

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