oa Botswana Notes & Records - Segaba: an African zither and its potential for music education

Volume 31 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The vast array of the indigenous musical instruments of southern Africa in general and those of Botswana in particular are yet to be explored fully and fruitfully for classroom teaching and learning. This paper assesses the potential of one such instrument, the segaba, for music education. The research has employed ethnographic methods of investigation as a way of learning about the instrument. The study focuses on the music of L.T. Matlapeng, a player and maker of the segaba from Tlokweng in south east Botswana. The teaching and learning of the instrument is seen as a way of preserving a culture that is dying rapidly.

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