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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.]
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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]
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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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None of the mbiras shown is sitting on top of a gourd resonator, a common configuration, and the two sound files are without their typical bottle-top or ring-washer sizzle-sounds.
Examples include solo mbira pieces, songs for mbira & voice, and ensemble pieces for two mbiras with shaker accompaniment.
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Then another swaying lattice would be built, guitars, bass, horns and two mbiras intermingling, each song heightening the vibration.