Mbira Musician (Shona sculpture by Sampson Kuvenguhwa)

It is not surprising that Sampson Kuvenguhwa, being a Shona artist himself, would create a sculpture that pays homage to a local talent such as an mbira player. The mbira is an important part of Zimbabwean culture, and is often associated with traditional Shona music and spiritual practices. The instrument is known for its unique sound and beautiful, intricate designs.

Sam Kuve's use of his Mapiti style in his sculpture of an mbira player likely serves to highlight the beauty and complexity of both the instrument and the music it produces. The Mapiti style is known for its abstract and intricate designs, and can be used to represent a wide range of subjects and emotions.

Through his sculpture, Kuvenguhwa likely seeks to capture the essence of the mbira and its cultural significance in Zimbabwean society. By depicting an mbira player in his art, he is acknowledging the important role that music and musicians play in shaping and preserving cultural traditions.


Black Serpentine Stone. Click here to learn about the stones used in Zimbabwe by sculptors.

Learn about the the Mbira - a traditional African musical instrument.

Sculpted by Sampson Kuvenguhwa - Sam Kuve. Stands about 20cm high.