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Special Mbira House Concert- A Benefit

Please join us for this very special event!  Our dear friend and master musician, Erica Azim, will be playing Mbira, the beautiful and mesmerizing Shona music of Zimbabwe, as a benefit for Zimbabwean musicians who earned less than $100 for the whole year!  Sliding scale $10-$100

Erica is a Californian who fell in love with Shona mbira music when she first heard it at the age of 16. After studying Shona music with Dumisani Maraire at the University of Washington for two years, she decided she had to learn to play the ancient Shona mbira played in ceremonies.

In 1974, Erica became one of the first non-Zimbabweans to study the mbira in Zimbabwe with traditional masters of the instrument. At that time, Zimbabwe was racist Rhodesia in the throes of a liberation war. Touched by the arrival of a young white woman who respected ancient Shona tradition — a stark contrast with the white government that reviled it — musicians extended a warm welcome.

MBIRA is a non-profit organization that celebrates and helps to sustain the ancient musical traditions of Zimbabwe.  MBIRA supports Zimbabwean musicians and instrument makers, and their families, through worldwide Zimbabwean music education, recordings, and performances.  In a country with around 90% unemployment, this provides critical support in the daily struggle for survival. MBIRA has also created the largest archive of Shona mbira music in the world, which is a permanent resource for generations to come.



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  • Beverly A.


    1 · October 26, 2013

    • Natasha J.

      So glad you like the music. Happy Birthday, Beverly!

      October 27, 2013

  • Beverly A.

    A number of members of my family might be interested in attending. There are also 4 grandsons aged 10, 11, 12, and 13. I could not see a way to add people to my RSVP. We are combining this with a birthday celebration (before or after), and I don't want to find out at the last minute that there is no room.

    October 17, 2013

    • Natasha J.

      This sounds wonderful, Beverly. Please do bring the family. I'll make sure we have a spot for you all. :-)

      October 18, 2013

    • Natasha J.

      Hi Beverly, I just changed it so you can add more guests if you like. :-) Natasha

      October 21, 2013

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