Google celebrated Culture Week on Thursday with an interactive doodle of the country’s national musical instrument, “Mbira,”media CNET reported. Mbira originated in southern Africa and has played an integral role in Zimbabwe’s Shona tradition for more than 1,000 years.
The interactive graffiti game begins with the story of a young girl who falls in love with Mbira after watching an elderly player play. The story then tells the story of the girl growing up performing in front of a large crowd and passing on her Mbira to a young child.
Before creating the doodle, Google visited Zimbabwe’s Shona people to learn more about Mbira and its connection to the Shona culture.
“I think what stands out is the sense of community, belonging and pride associated with Mbira, and the way it fits into people’s lives in a variety of ways, from traditional to modern,” Said Jonathan Shneier, South Africa’s head of concept and project concepts, in a blog post. “We are trying to make people all over the world feel a broad and profound cultural tradition that is unknown outside their home country. “
The instrument consists of a portable soundboard called gwariva and a series of 22 to 28 thin metal keys. Traditionally, the keys were smelted from iron ore on rocks, but now they are made from recycled materials, such as car spokes or cans. Bottle covers, beads and shells can also be attached to them to create A Mbira’s unique hum.
Google challenges people to pop up four traditional and modern songs, including Nhemamamusasa, Bangiza, Taireva and Chemutengure, by hovering over the button on the right and hovering over the right button when the instruction is issued. Outside the game, people can play Mbira with their index finger and thumb button.