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mbira

mbi·ra

 (ĕm-bîr′ə, əm-)
n.
A musical instrument consisting of a hollow gourd or wooden resonator and a number of usually metal strips that vibrate when plucked. Also called kalimba.

[Of Bantu origin; akin to Shona m-bìrà.]

mbira

(əmˈbiːrə)
n
(Instruments) an African musical instrument consisting of tuned metal strips attached to a resonating box, which are plucked with the thumbs. Also called: thumb piano
[Shona]

mbira

A traditional Zimbabwean musical style originating with the Shona people and named for the mbira hand piano which is the style’s primary instrument.
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Every band has its rock star, and Tanyaradzwa Gondo was the one for the Mbira Band.
Entertainment during dessert will be provided by master mbira player Munjeri.
Stella Chiweshe is known as the Queen of Mbira in her native Zimbabwe, although she is also renowned as a singer around the world (she has performed at three Womad festivals of world music).
By using the mbira, the traditional thumb piano which some conservative Christians associate with the ancestral cult (Matiure 2011), she is projecting herself as a cultural nationalist.
Mbira Master will perform with Chartwell Dutrio, of Zimbabwe.
Mbira music is portrayed as a medium for transmitting history and culture.
BH BHANG (HINDI) BW BWANA (SWAHILI) CS CSARDAS (HUNGARIAN) CW CWM (WELSH) MH MHORR (ARABIC) MR MRIDANG (SANSKRIT) MW MVULE (SWAHILI) MZ MZEE (SWAHILI) CZ CZAR (RUSSIAN) DH DHOBI (HINDI) DJ DJINN (ARABIC) DS DSO (TIBETAN) DV DVANOVA (SANSKRIT) DZ DZIGGETAI (MONGOLIAN) FJ FJORD (NORWEGIAN) GJ GJU (OLD NORSE) GW GWYNIAD (WELSH) HW HWYL (WELSH) JH JHALA (SANSKRIT) KH KHAN (ARABIC) KV KVASS (RUSSIAN) KW KWEZA (BANTU) LH LHERZOLITE (BASQUE) LL LLAMA (QUECHON) LW LWEI (BANTU) MB MBIRA (SHONA) MG MGANGA (SWAHILI) NG NGAIO (MAORI) NH NHANDOU (TUPI) PF PFENNIG (GERMAN) PZ PZAZZ (U.
This time around new collaborations will emerge featuring Jan Mohr Secondary School Choir conducted by Vernon Sawyers, Mbira artist Onai Mutizwa as well as introducing the brand new all-female band known as The Puppies.
Inelement is a new studio album from SoCorpo, the duo of performers Sasha Bogdanowitsch (voice, autoharp, bowed psaltry, mbira array & electronics) and Sabrina Lastman (voice & bowed psaltery).
Each country has a different name for the instrument -- a mbira in Zimbabwe, a deza in South AFrica, a limba in Tanzania, a likembe in Congo and a timbili in Cameroon-- but the principle is always the same.
As in my work concerning the blending of Zimbabwean mbira dzaVadzimu and hip hop music (Mark 2011), I conclude by arguing that Gnawa Diffusion's use of Gnawa music is not ignorantly appropriative, but instead, performs the band's own kind of authenticity, one that transcends museum standards of representation and achieves something more heterogeneous.
However, two tracks cover traditional songs of the mbira (a traditional metal-keyed instrument played within a gourd): 'Buka Tienda' and 'Karigamombe'.