Get a Copy of the
"Tree of Music" Video
The "Tree of Music" video, which was
originally broadcast in 1992 on the US PBS Nature series and was instrumental in
the founding of the ABCP, is available in DVD format from the UK charity, the Television
Trust for the Environment (TVE). The TVE, to which the BBC has granted distribution rights
for the film, offers the video for sale to interenational audiences here.
That Makes Music
A BBC-TV VIDEO
At a musical instrument factory in France, skilled craftsmen work fragments of African
blackwood into clarinets and flutes for the international market. But in the early 1980s,
with more and more wood cracking under pressure on the lathes, investigations turn to the
plains of Tanzania, and to the Mpingo tree - the source of the remarkable black heartwood.
The Mpingo takes over 70 years to reach commercial maturity. Prized by musicians around
the world, it is also much sought after by Tanzanias Makonde woodcarvers whose
sculptures play an important role in cultural life. Michael Guntons exquisite film
links the instruments of today with the forests where people first made music, and shows
how sustainable management of Mpingo plantations benefits local communities and
international markets alike. (Credit for text and image: TVE website)
African Blackwood Conservation Project
P. O. Box 26 Red Rock, TX 78662 USA
Tree of Music
will not go
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