This group is for anybody already playing or interested in learning how to play mbira music from Zimbabwe.
My vision is to hold several meet-ups during the year to explore traditional Shona mbira tunes. For each tune we will learn the main part (Kushaura), one or more variations (Kutsinhira), as well as song lines and rhythm. Although playing solo mbira can be infinitely pleasurable and rewarding, mbira music is originally community music where everyone joins in in their own way: either by playing, or clapping or singing or dancing.
When I first heard mbira music, it was instant love. I bought my first instrument in 2002, and mostly improvised on it until 2011 when I found my first teacher, Linos Wengara, based in Brighton. In 2014, I attended a week-long mbira camp in Devon with mbira master Chartwell Dutiro. The experience was so strong and so deeply satisfying that I decided to go and spend 3 months in Devon in 2015 to study with Chartwell. I go back to Devon twice a year to attend mbira camps where I get to play mbira with other people and share in the magic of this music.
If you too have fallen under the spell of this magical instrument do get in touch!