mbira(redirected from Mbiras)
Related to Mbiras: Mbira dzavadzimu
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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(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
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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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