Christian Carver

Bio

Christian Carver (born in 1959 in Rhodesia) is a toolmaker and renowned instrument maker from Grahamstown, South Africa.

Carver moved to South Africa as a youth. After a year of working as an assistant in a research chemistry lab, he enrolled at Rhodes University where he met his wife Mandy and Andrew Tracey, a former director of the International Library of African Music (ILAM). Carver and Mandy joined Tracey's band and later married. Christian dropped out of university and enrolled for a four year auto mechanics apprentice program.

In 1998, he was hired to work at African Musical Instruments (AMI). He became director of AMI in 1999. AMI continues to expand its catalog, offering more African instruments, CDs, and instructional books to the world.

In 2017, Christian participated in the Music In Africa Instrument Building and Repair Workshop, a workshop that was designed to help young aspiring musicians how to make traditional music instruments.

ZAGrahamstown, South Africa
In operation since: 
1998
Profile added by Ano Shumba on 09 Jun 2017
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