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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.

mpingo film graphic.jpg (13532 bytes)Mpingo–
The Tree
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 Tanzania’s Makonde woodcarvers whose sculptures play an important role in cultural life. Michael Gunton’s 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


So that

the song

of the

Tree of Music

will not go

silent...

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