HARARE – Experienced sound engineer Mbaki Nleya has set up an institute of sound technology in Harare that will open its doors to its first intake next month.
The 31-year-old Nleya, who is currently a tutor at the Zimbabwe College of Music, told the Daily News that his institution called Audio Academy will be the first of its kind in the country.
“I am a passionate sound engineer and am determined to improve sound production at all levels in the country. That is why I am setting up this institute of sound technology because Zimbabwe needs an institution like this in order to make the transition from analog to digital smooth,” Nleya said.
The sound engineer added that he has the necessary qualifications to spearhead such an initiative.
“I set up a sound production initiative at the Zimbabwe College of Music in 2014 after I discovered that the area was lacking in the country.
“For the past three years, I have also been running some short sound engineering courses across the nation
“Our lecturers are very qualified. Some of them studied in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom while others are self-taught but have traceable works locally and regionally,” he said.
To ensure that their courses are in keeping with global trends, Nleya said his institution will be affiliated to a top South African sound academy.
“We will be affiliated to Emendy Multimedia Technology Institute in Pretoria that offers training in music technology. Locally, we won’t be affiliated because other institutions don’t have the programmes that we offer,” he said.