Projects / Motown in Zimbabwe

This is a 12 minute documentary of ZCCD Research Resident of 2017, Joyce Jenje Makwenda, in conversation with Marsha Battle Philpot better known in Detroit as Marsha Music. Both are respected musicologists, whose legacies are linked to their immediate communities’ musical heritage.  This short documentary highlights not only musical connections between these two very distant lands, but also the social and cultural impact that it had to their communities. It acknowledged the era of both the rebellion of 1967 in Detroit and the revolution that led to the independence of Zimbabwe in 1980. This conversation was filmed at Peoples Records in Detroit by GoodGood interdisciplinary design group, Benjamin Gaydos and Julia Yezbick.


some highlights from the residence:

In conversation with Martha Reeves (pictured in the center), one of the few original Motown musicians still living in Detroit. She was known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. On the left is collaborator, Marsha Battle Philpot.

At MBAD Museum with Marsha, David Philpot, and Olayami Dabls – The African Village in Detroit!