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    CD
    1100

    $20.00
    Vashauri Vol. 1: Great Mbira Singers of Zimbabwe
    Vashauri Vol. 1: Great Mbira Singers of Zimbabwe The most traditional form of singing with Zimbabwe's ancient mbira tradition is extremely improvisational, believed to be voices of spirits coming through the singers. Today, this form of singing is endangered by the influence of Western pop music, and the preference of urban audiences for pop-influenced mbira singing, which is more repetitive and much less improvisational than the original tradition. This CD is dedicated to Moses Mude (the legendary Hakurotwi's younger son), the only young mbira player who I have heard sing in the traditional way in recent years - to encourage him to continue to follow in the footsteps of the great vashauri (lead singers) among his elders. This CD includes recordings from the last 35 years, of mbira singers both past and present, some famous and some unknown. [Total time: 73:22]
    1. Forward Kwenda: Mukai tiende  [9:22]
    2. Langton Matanhike: Mahororo  [10:12]
    3. Nicholas Jemwa: Nyamaropa yevaNhowe (with Fungai Mujuru)  [13:10]
    4. audio sampleNewton Gwara: Mbirimo  [6:40]
    5. Lovemore Chikanga & Fidelis Dzimwe: Mahororo serewende (Dendera Resango Mbira Group)  [4:13]
    6. audio sampleHakurotwi Mude: Nhema musasa (with Mhuri yekwaRwizi)  [2:43]
    7. Sam Chigumbu: Mahororo/Nyamaropa 'Chipembere' (with Tradition Mbira Group)  [12:01]
    8. audio sampleThomas 'Sekuru Gora' Wadharwa: Mbavarira (with Tute Chigamba)  [5:05]
    9. Mondrek & Francesca Muchena: Mahororo/Nyamaropa (with Erick Muchena)  [6:31]
    10. Hakurotwi Mude: Nyamaropa (with Mhuri yekwaRwizi)  [2:44]


    CD
    1101

    $15.00
    Healing Dreams: Ancient Mbira of Zimbabwe
    Healing Dreams: Ancient Mbira of Zimbabwe The ancient Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe is a vehicle for communication between living people and ancestors extending back to the dawn of mankind. Playing or listening to mbira is known to heal both physical and mental illness, far beyond the boundaries of cultural expectations, often taking one to states of trance or vivid dreaming. As a musician, it is humbling to be a vehicle for such powerful music. Performed in a gentle style that supports rest, relaxation and meditation, the pieces on this recording have been played from time immemorial. Musician: Erica Azim. Tuning: Katsanzaira, Nemakonde, Nyamaropa, Dambatsoko. [Total time: 69:02]
    1. audio sampleBangidza (Katsanzaira tuning) [9:16]
    2. audio sampleDangurangu (Katsanzaira tuning) [3:59]
    3. audio sampleNhema musasa yepasi (Katsanzaira tuning) [6:28]
    4. audio sampleChipindura (Nyamaropa tuning) [9:13]
    5. audio sampleNyamaropa yeDambatsoko (Dambatsoko tuning) [7:57]
    6. audio sampleMarenje (Nemakonde tuning) [7:13]
    7. audio sampleShumba (Nemakonde tuning) [8:35]
    8. audio sampleMbavarira (Nemakonde tuning) [8:24]
    9. audio sampleVasina katura (Nemakonde tuning) [7:48]


    CD
    3400

    $20.00
    Chakwi - Forward Kwenda 2001
    Chakwi - Forward Kwenda 2001 'Chakwi' or 'Machakwi' is a marshy place. 2001 was a marshy, mucky time in history for both Zimbabwe (economic collapse, political violence, AIDS catastrophe) and the U.S. (recession, terrorism, hate). The healing qualities of mbira music have never been more important. As Forward puts it, 'If everyone in the world played mbira, there would always be peace.' On this recording, Forward Kwenda plays solo nyamaropa tuning mbira in a very, very high pitch, contrasting with his deep pitched soulful vocals for a uniquely beautiful texture. One highlight is Kambiriviri, which sounds like Tadzungaira met Taireva. It puts your ears inside Forward's deze (calabash mbira resonator). Recorded 17-18 October, 2001 at Berkeley, CA by Erica Azim. Musician: Forward Kwenda. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:25]
    1. audio sampleChakwi  [8:11]
    2. audio sampleChipindura  [8:58]
    3. Bangidza  [9:58]
    4. Nhema musasa  [14:44]
    5. Muzoriwa  [8:27]
    6. Taireva  [10:06]
    7. Kambiriviri  [8:23]
    8. Shumba  [8:27]


    CD
    3401

    $20.00
    Nighttime Nemakonde - Forward Kwenda 2001
    Nighttime Nemakonde - Forward Kwenda 2001 The low, low luscious full sound of Forward's Nemakonde tuning mbira makes this recording favorite nighttime listening. Gentle singing perfectly complements the mbira as it moves through many moods: meditative, lively, grounded, passionate. This recording was made around 1 am, prime mbira time for a musician used to playing at the all-night mapira (ceremonies) used to call ancestors and other benevolent spirits in Zimbabwe. Recorded 18 October. 2001 at Berkeley, CA by Erica Azim. Musician: Forward Kwenda. Tuning: Nemakonde. [Total time: 47:17]
    1. audio sampleMbavarira  [5:48]
    2. Marenje  [9:14]
    3. Chipembere  [9:43]
    4. Nyuchi  [9:03]
    5. audio sampleTadzungaira  [13:10]


    CD
    3402

    $20.00
    Fradreck Mujuru & Fungai Mujuru - Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira 2002
    Fradreck Mujuru & Fungai Mujuru - Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira 2002 The Mujuru family have been mbira makers and great mbira players for centuries. The low Dambatsoko tuning of the family seems to be inherently meditative, and is fast becoming a favorite worldwide. This CD, with two Dambatsoko mbiras and no vocals, is perfect for meditation and bodywork. Fradreck Mujuru is known for his perfectly crafted instruments, as well as his talent and love for mbira. Fungai Mujuru is the gentle elder of the current clan of Mujuru mbira players, a great inspiration to the dozens of younger musicians in the family. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 78:50]
    1. audio sampleMukazondidana  [9:39]
    2. Shumba yaNgwasha  [10:03]
    3. Nyonganyonga  [9:53]
    4. audio sampleMusakara  [10:11]
    5. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe  [9:54]
    6. Bangidza  [9:39]
    7. Pfodora  [7:06]
    8. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko  [11:52]


    CD
    3403

    $20.00
    Tute Chigamba Solo -- Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2002
    Tute Chigamba Solo -- Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2002 Tute Chigamba is known for the sweet sound of the mbiras he builds, and the calm and effortlessly masterful style of his playing. This new digital recording includes staples of the mbira repertoire as well as Chigamba family favorites. Recorded 21 May 2002 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 69:52]
    1. Tinovatenda  [4:41]
    2. Chipembere  [7:39]
    3. Marenje  [7:08]
    4. audio sampleNyuchi  [6:34]
    5. Dande  [5:10]
    6. Mahororo  [4:47]
    7. Mutamba 'Guruve'  [5:02]
    8. audio sampleMutamba  [5:05]
    9. Vasina katura  [5:37]
    10. Shumba  [4:45]
    11. Dandemutande  [7:09]
    12. Ngozi yemuroora  [5:25]


    CD
    3404

    $20.00
    Jenny Muchumi, Simon Hoto & Mudavanhu Magaya 2002
    Jenny Muchumi, Simon Hoto & Mudavanhu Magaya 2002 This Mhondoro Communal Area group will get you stomping with the perfect combination of strong soaring vocals from Jenny Muchumi and Simon Hoto, and powerful duelling kutsinhira bass lines from Hoto and Mudavanhu Magaya. Nyamaropa tuning. Recorded 23 May 2002 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Jenny Muchumi and Simon Hoto, mbira and vocals; Mudavanhu Magaya, mbira. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 61:30]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa  [13:33]
    2. Bangidza  [9:15]
    3. Mukatiende  [9:10]
    4. Taireva  [9:28]
    5. Ndodzungaira  [9:37]
    6. audio sampleChipindura  [10:02]


    CD
    3405

    $20.00
    Nemakonde Through The Night -- Forward Kwenda 2002
    Nemakonde Through The Night -- Forward Kwenda 2002 This sequel to Kwenda's extremely popular Nighttime Nemakonde (MBI 3401) again features the low, low luscious sound of Forward's Nemakonde tuning and moving vocals. This one will touch your heart. After a year which included the deaths of his mother and best friend, share the comfort Forward finds with his favorite mbira in this intimate middle of the night recording. As always, many of his lyrics are asking the spirits for peace, light and wisdom. Recorded 11 April 2002 at Berkeley, CA by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nemakonde. [Total time: 73:30]
    1. audio sampleShumba yepasi  [8:53]
    2. Mutamba  [10:14]
    3. Nhema musasa  [10:02]
    4. Mukai tiende  [10:18]
    5. Marenje  [11:41]
    6. audio sampleKanhurura  [10:09]
    7. Mbavarira  [11:04]


    CD
    3406

    $20.00
    Alois Mutinhiri Solo 2002 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira and Vocals
    Alois Mutinhiri Solo 2002 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira and Vocals Rural Mhondoro Communal Area mbira player Alois Mutinhiri plays romping kutsinhira parts, with hosho by Jenny Muchumi. This is an incredibly high energy recording - perfect to dance or do aerobics to! Put it on to wake you up on the way to work. Mutinhiri is the lead musician of the group that wowed us last year, the Mhondoro Mbira Group (MBI 333.) Recorded 22 May 2002 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Alois Mutinhiri, mbira and vocals; Jenny Muchumi, hosho. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 71:50]
    1. audio sampleKari mugonba  [10:30]
    2. audio sampleChipindura  [6:50]
    3. Ndodzumgaira  [12:55]
    4. Bangidza  [5:28]
    5. Chipembere  [7:27]
    6. Shumba yaNgwasha  [7:50]
    7. Nyamo musango  [7:31]
    8. Taireva  [12:45]


    CD
    3407

    $20.00
    Newton Gwara Solo 2002 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira and Vocals
    Newton Gwara Solo 2002 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira and Vocals Newton Gwara is one of Zimbabwe's most soulful mbira vocalists, as well as an excellent mbira player. Love this one for all the great vocals and his interesting mbira style on mbira classics like Nhema musasa and Kuzanga, as well as songs he has adapted for mbira like Mbirimo (also known as Zvichapera) and Muteyo. Recorded 18 May 2002 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Newton Gwara, also known as Newton Cheza Chozengwa, or Matemai. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 74:47]
    1. audio sampleMbirimo  [8:05]
    2. Kumbirai kuvadzimu  [11:53]
    3. Mahororo  [10:59]
    4. Muteyo  [9:52]
    5. Kuzanga  [6:42]
    6. Nhema musasa  [13:19]
    7. audio sampleTadzungaira  [13:28]


    CD
    3408

    $20.00
    Tute & Irene Chigamba 2002 - Gandanga Tuning Mbira and Vocals
    Tute & Irene Chigamba 2002 - Gandanga Tuning Mbira and Vocals Irene Chigamba is known around the world as a master performer and teacher of mbira, ngoma (drums), dance, hosho and singing. Her father Tute Chigamba is known for the calm, effortlessly masterful style of his complex mbira playing. Enjoy Irene's strong, soaring lead vocals and Tute's gentle responding vocals, along with soulful mbira playing. Some favorite tracks on this one are Vasina katura, Nyuchi and Ndomutenda mambo. Recorded 27 May 2002 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 76:52]
    1. Shumba  [7:27]
    2. Pasi mupindu  [8:05]
    3. Nyama musango  [6:24]
    4. Mbavarira 'Nhimutimu'
    5. Ndomutenda mambo  [5:01]
    6. audio sampleVasina katura  [7:48]
    7. audio sampleNyuchi  [6:16]
    8. Dandemutande  [7:24]
    9. Chipembere  [7:25]
    10. Mukai tiende  [7:33]
    11. Kariga mombe


    CD
    3410

    $20.00
    Jekanyika Mbira Group 2002
    Jekanyika Mbira Group 2002 This recording evokes the timeless pace of the African village. Jekanyika is a rural Mhondoro Communal Area group with a relaxed tempo, confidently solid style, and typical vocals. Enjoy their tuning - nominally nyamaropa tuning, but less influenced by Western intervals than urban groups, so the tuning flavor is more Zimbabwean. Close your eyes and smell wood smoke from the kitchen fire...imagine dancing under a thatched roof... Musicians: Lovemore Chikanga (mbira), Mugove Mapfumo (mbira and vocals), Emmanuel Mushaninga (mbira), Taipa Taruvinga (hosho). Tuning: Nyamaropa . [Total time: 63:11]
    1. audio sampleChipembere  [10:10]
    2. Mukatiende  [10:45]
    3. Mahororo  [10:00]
    4. Nhema musasa  [10:11]
    5. Kariga mombe  [10:11]
    6. audio sampleBangidza  [11:30]


    CD
    3411

    $20.00
    Golden Nhamo - Solo Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2002 with Collins Bvukubwe, hosho, and Luken Pasipamire and Samson Bvure, vocals
    Golden Nhamo - Solo Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2002 with Collins Bvukubwe, hosho, and Luken Pasipamire and Samson Bvure, vocals Enjoy the very, VERY low pitch of Golden Nhamo's nyamaropa tuning mbira. Nhamo's rhythmic feel will get you snapping your fingers and tapping your toes. Pfumo jena and Mudzimu dzoka are songs more usually sung with drums, but Nhamo's low mbira versions more than do them justice. This version of Shumba, starting from a higher note than the more usual version, seemed to be one of the most popular songs of 2002 in Zimbabwe. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 66:00]
    1. audio sampleShumba  [13:41]
    2. Pfumo Jena  [13:10]
    3. Taireva  [10:05]
    4. Taireva  [13:38]
    5. Mudzimu dzoka  [3:59]
    6. Dangurangu 'Mbiriviri'  [5:19]
    7. audio sampleMutamba  [5:38]


    CD
    3412

    $20.00
    Mwezha Mbira Group 2002
    Mwezha Mbira Group 2002 This Masvingo nightclub mbira and dance group is more like typical Zimbabwe radio mbira fare than most of our recordings. The mbira playing is unexceptional, but the vocals are exciting - in the style of mbira songs done by Thomas Mapfumo and other Shona pop bands. Plenty of those spicy extra sounds like mhururu (ululating) and mheterwa (whistling). Recorded 29 May 2002 at A-1 Hotel, Masvingo, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Renias Gono, mbira and vocals Langton Matanda, mbira Masauso Baureni, hosho and vocals Evangelista Zhiwawo and friends, vocals. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 55:26]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa  [7:27]
    2. Chemutengure  [6:49]
    3. Kariga mombe [Vana vanochema] [9:17]
    4. Tete Guru  [9:18]
    5. Mandikanganwa  [7:43]
    6. Nyamaropa [Magamba] [6:56]
    7. audio sampleNherera  [7:25]


    CD
    3413

    $20.00
    Courage Njenge - Solo Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2002
    Courage Njenge - Solo Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2002 Courage Njenge, of Mhondoro Communal Area in rural Zimbabwe, plays straight-ahead versions of the mbira classics in gandanga tuning. This recording will be very helpful for mbira students learning to play in gandanga tuning - the pieces are easily recognizable and most of the variations are simple enough to learn off the recording Recorded 22 May 2002 at Magaya Village, Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 73:34]
    1. audio sampleChipembere  [10:12]
    2. Ndodzungaira  [9:38]
    3. Mukatiende  [9:43]
    4. Marenje  [6:25]
    5. Nyama musango  [9:42]
    6. Dande  [10:07]
    7. Mbavarira  [7:43]
    8. audio sampleMukatiende  [9:29]


    CD
    3414

    $20.00
    Tute Chigamba Solo -- Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2002
    Tute Chigamba Solo -- Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2002 Tute Chigamba plays the mbira classics in nyamaropa tuning. Tute is known for the sweet sound of the mbiras he builds, and the calm and effortlessly masterful style of his playing. On this new digital recording each note is crystal clear. Mbira students - this is the exact tuning that MBIRA workshops are taught in. Recorded 21 May 2002 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:07]
    1. Nyamaropa  [14:22]
    2. Kuzanga  [4:15]
    3. audio sampleMbavarira  [5:26]
    4. Muzoriwa  [5:54]
    5. Bukatiende  [6:19]
    6. Nyama musango  [4:49]
    7. audio sampleNyamaropa chipembere  [6:30]
    8. Nhema musasa mbiriviri  [6:14]
    9. Chipindura  [5:39]
    10. Taireva  [4:50]
    11. Bangidza [Mandarendare] [5:46]
    12. Shumba yemukuwasha  [6:12]


    CD
    3418

    $20.00
    Forward Kwenda - Dambatsoko Tuning 2002
    Forward Kwenda - Dambatsoko Tuning 2002 Never before released, this unusual recording features transcendant mbira player Forward Kwenda playing in Dambatsoko tuning. That this low-pitched tuning is not one he usually plays makes no difference at all, as spirits take his fingers dancing through mbira standanrds and a couple of unusual pieces. Forward's gentle vocals alternate between low, low bass lines and high, sweet lines...almost as if two people were singing. Recorded 17 April 2002 at Berkeley, California by Erica Azim. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 69:58]
    1. Bangidza  [7:52]
    2. audio sampleMagora musango  [9:02]
    3. Chipindura  [6:04]
    4. Mahororo  [4:06]
    5. Nhema musasa  [7:32]
    6. Mutamba yepasi  [11:01]
    7. Kari mugomba  [6:48]
    8. Nyama musango  [6:45]
    9. audio sampleShumba yangwasha  [10:12]


    CD
    3419

    $20.00
    Spirit Power: Forward Kwenda 2002
    Spirit Power: Forward Kwenda 2002 Once again, the spirits of the ancestors work their magical power through the thumbs of Forward Kwenda, as he 'gets out of the way' and lets it happen. Its fascinating to hear Forward start playing a piece, and then hear the spirits take over. You will find your heart soaring, find yourself crying, laughing, exalting in the divine. Even for those experienced in mbira music, each piece goes farther than one ever imagined... Recorded 30 March 2002. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 64:52]
    1. Mandarendare Nhimutimu  [11:19]
    2. audio sampleMarenje  [9:55]
    3. Shumba yepasi  [9:54]
    4. Mukai tiende  [11:59]
    5. Mbavarira  [7:22]
    6. Dzauya mombe  [6:44]
    7. audio sampleDande  [7:10]


    CD
    3420

    $20.00
    Murawo Tembedza & Langton Bapiro: Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2003
    Murawo Tembedza & Langton Bapiro: Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2003 This recording is a must, MUST have for fans of gandanga tuning mbira! Nephews of the late, great John Kunaka, who live in the Nyamweda area of rural Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe, Tembedza and Bapiro are wonderful mbira players in their own right. Bapiro's lyrical singing will be a new favorite, too! Bapiro's son accompanies on hosho. Recorded 21 January 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Langton Bapiro: kushaura mbira and vocals Murawo Tembedza: kutsinhira mbira Evans Bapiro: hosho. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 78:45]
    1. audio sampleBukatiende  [13:51]
    2. Chipembere  [12:35]
    3. Kariga mombe  [11:51]
    4. Dande  [3:59]
    5. Shumba  [13:06]
    6. Mahororo  [11:47]
    7. audio sampleDande  [11:08]


    CD
    3422

    $20.00
    Friday Chamunorwa - Nyamaropa Tuning 2003
    Friday Chamunorwa - Nyamaropa Tuning 2003 Mmmm...that village feel, mbira rhythm in a deep groove and laid back vocals. Friday Chamunorwa is a Mhondoro Communal Area musician, his 14-year old son joins him on the last track...inspiring Friday to some fabulous kutsinhira lines! This is a real life recording, with some stumbles on the mbira that remind you that Zimbabwean mbira players are human, too. With such interesting versions of the pieces, and Chamunorwa's rich voice, you won't mind. Recorded 25 January 2003 at Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Friday Chamunorwa, Dennis Chamunorwa. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 72:22]
    1. audio sampleMahororo  [6:19]
    2. Taireva  [9:40]
    3. Chaminuka ndimambo  [9:17]
    4. Nhema musasa  [11:45]
    5. Kuzanga  [6:52]
    6. Nyamaropa  [5:47]
    7. Nhema musasa chipembere  [10:44]
    8. audio sampleKariga mombe  [11:25]


    CD
    3423

    $20.00
    Dzapasi Mbira Group 2003
    Dzapasi Mbira Group 2003 Dzapasi Mbira Group lives up to the reputation of the Rwizi region of Mhondoro Communal Area...that mbira players from that area are great! This young group will wow you with their vocals - enjoy singing along with them. Nyamaropa tuning. Recorded 25 January 2003 at Mhondoro Communal Area by Erica Azim. Musicians: Cainot Gweremwezhe, mbira and vocals; Custom Munduna, mbira and vocals; Francis Zinyama, mbira; Vincent Masango and Memory Pande, hosho. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 68:07]
    1. audio sampleKariga mombe  [7:07]
    2. Taireva  [7:39]
    3. Nhema musasa  [7:22]
    4. Tadzungaira  [7:10]
    5. Mahororo  [7:12]
    6. Chipembere  [7:17]
    7. Bukatiende  [8:00]
    8. Nyamaropa  [8:01]
    9. audio sampleChaminuka ndimambo  [7:41]


    CD
    3424

    $20.00
    Mhondoro Mbira Group 2003
    Mhondoro Mbira Group 2003 In rural Mhondoro Communal Area, when the Mhondoro Mbira Group start playing...people jump to their feet to dance during the first minute! This is the hot, hot group of mbira player Alois Mutinhiri (featured solo on CD 3406). Enjoy the beautiful lead vocals of Felix Muparadzi, and his makwa (handclapping), as well as plenty of vocals from the two mbira players. Recorded 26 January 2003 at Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Alois Mutinhiri, kutsinhira mbira and vocals; Alexio Muparadzi, kushaura mbira and vocals; Felix Muparadzi, lead vocals and makwa; Regina Mandizvidza, hosho. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:07]
    1. audio sampleKari mugomba  [9:52]
    2. Nhema musasa  [9:59]
    3. Chipindura  [9:55]
    4. Nyamaropa  [9:58]
    5. Mahororo  [9:45]
    6. Bukatiende  [9:01]
    7. Chipembere  [8:12]
    8. audio sampleTadzungaira 'Murooro'  [9:53]


    CD
    3425

    $20.00
    Rushanga Mbira Group 2003
    Rushanga Mbira Group 2003 Another rocking group with lots of vocals from the Rwizi area of Mhondoro Communal Area, famous for its excellent mbira players. Enjoy their delightfully non-Western variant on nyamaropa tuning...real Zimbabwe village sound on a nice selection of the traditional mbira repertoire classics, Recorded 26 January 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Elliot Motsi and James Mungerezi, mbira and vocals; Temba Tigere hosho; Edward Mude, makwa. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 78:37]
    1. audio sampleBangidza  [8:23]
    2. Bukatiende  [7:53]
    3. Nhema musasa  [7:51]
    4. Kari mugomba  [7:43]
    5. Chipembere  [7:27]
    6. Bukatiende 'Serewende'  [7:48]
    7. Kariga mombe  [7:49]
    8. Dande  [7:30]
    9. Mahororo  [7:49]
    10. audio sampleShumba  [7:42]


    CD
    3426

    $20.00
    Ephraim Sekiwa - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003
    Ephraim Sekiwa - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003 This musician from Mukarakate, in Murehwa Communal Area, plays a sweet high-pitched nyamaropa tuning. These excellent versions of the mbira classics will be accessible to some mbira students to learn from the recording. Get inside the musician's experience of the piece by listening to him sing very very softly along with some of the melodies the mbira is playing. Recorded 30 January 2003 at Harare by Erica Azim. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 78:26]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa  [9:30]
    2. Bukatiende  [9:44]
    3. Nyamaropa chipembere  [9:49]
    4. Dande  [9:40]
    5. Kariga mombe  [9:44]
    6. Shumba  [9:45]
    7. Nhema musasa yepasi [Nhimutimu] [9:36]
    8. audio sampleDangu rangu  [9:54]


    CD
    3427

    $20.00
    Goliath Rambakudzibwa - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003
    Goliath Rambakudzibwa - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003 Talented Chivhu mbira player and vocalist Goliath Rambakudzibwa plays solid, satisfying versions of the classics on a low-pitched nyamaropa tuning mbira. His rolling style incorporates interesting improvisation without startling. Relaxed vocals fit in nicely with his style, making the whole even more satisfying. Tracks 1 and 5 are excellent mbira adaptations of traditional vocal pieces. Recorded 30 January 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 68:38]
    1. audio samplePfumo jena  [7:47]
    2. Tadzungaira 'kurwa hondo'  [7:43]
    3. Ndiri murombo  [7:45]
    4. Mutamba  [7:46]
    5. Ingwe ine mavara  [7:36]
    6. Nyamaropa 'serevende'  [7:37]
    7. Bukatiende 'vakarima baba'  [7:36]
    8. Bangidza  [7:01]
    9. audio sampleNyama musango  [7:09]


    CD
    3428

    $20.00
    Sungano Mbira Group 2003
    Sungano Mbira Group 2003 This rural group lives near the Mukarakate area of Murehwa Communal Area. The group includes three mbiras. one vocalist, and no hosho. This recording is perfect for those who want to hear three interlocking mbira parts (on most of the songs), without hosho to distract. The lock of the parts is looser without a hosho player, but still works...an interesting feel. Recorded 3 February 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Beaven Gororo, mbira and vocals; Trynos Jeche, mbira; Mangwiro Zvokunzwa, mbira. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 74:45]
    1. audio sampleBaya wabaya  [7:27]
    2. Bukatiende  [7:35]
    3. Dande  [7:25]
    4. Taireva  [7:23]
    5. Mahororo/Nyamaropa 'Serevende'  [7:28]
    6. Nhema musasa  [7:37]
    7. Kariga mombe  [6:38]
    8. Chemutengure  [7:33]
    9. Chipindura  [3:48]
    10. Nhema musasa  [6:22]
    11. audio sampleChaminuka ndimambo  [4:41]


    CD
    3429

    $20.00
    Reggies Munzwanenzewe & Joseph Chasi - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003
    Reggies Munzwanenzewe & Joseph Chasi - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003 Munzwanenzewe and Chasi are mbira players from Ruzvidzo Village in Murehwa Communal Area, and are cousins of Musekiwa Chingodza. This recording has no vocals, and is great for listening to the interlocking of the kushaura (lead) and kutsinhira (intertwining) mbira parts. The pitch of their nyamaropa tuning mbiras just happens to match the one used in MBIRA workshops, so enjoy playing along with them on many of the classic pieces of the Shona mbira repertoire. Recorded 4 February 2003 at Harare by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 76:47]
    1. audio sampleMahororo  [7:26]
    2. Nhema musasa  [7:45]
    3. Bangidza  [7:52]
    4. Kariga mombe  [7:42]
    5. Taireva yekare 'Gorekore'  [7:49]
    6. Mukatiende  [7:38]
    7. Shumba  [7:31]
    8. Dande  [7:36]
    9. Kari mugomba  [7:33]
    10. audio sampleNyamaropa  [7:12]


    CD
    3430

    $20.00
    Musekiwa Chingodza & Herbert Matema 2003
    Musekiwa Chingodza & Herbert Matema 2003 Fans of Musekiwa Chingodza won't want to miss this recording, which features Chingodza and his uncle, Herbert Matema, playing soulful mbira both solo and together. Most of this recording is in mavembe (aka gandanga) tuning, but Matema plays solos in nyamaropa and nyamaropa dongonda tunings. Chingodza's lovely gentle vocals enhance many tracks, and Matema's 'old man style' vocals on his solo tracks are a typical Zimbabwean village sound...centuries ago or today. If you think you hear another percussion instrument, that is the intermittent buzzing of the bottletops on the mbiras, which has a life of its own on this recording. Recorded 4 February 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe, Nyamaropa, Nyamaropa Dongonda. [Total time: 78:35]
    1. audio sampleMukatiende (Matema & Chingodza) [10:27]
    2. Mukatiende (Herbert Matema solo) [7:50]
    3. Nhema musasa (Herbert Matema solo) [9:58]
    4. Shumba (Musekiwa Chingodza solo) [10:02]
    5. Tinomutenda mambo (Musekiwa Chingodza solo) [9:59]
    6. Kari mugomba (Matema & Chingodza) [9:42]
    7. Kariga mombe (Matema & Chingodza) [10:04]
    8. audio sampleTaireva (Matema & Chingodza) [9:58]


    CD
    3431

    $20.00
    Leonard Magaya Solo 2003
    Leonard Magaya Solo 2003 Never before recorded, Leonard Magaya is another talented musician in a family known for them. Really different slants on the classics, as well as a couple of more unusual songs. Tracks 1 through 4 are played on a nyamaropa tuning mbira in the pitch made popular in the U.S. by older brother Cosmas. Tracks 5 through 9 are played on a very unusual, low-pitched mbira with 31 keys, which Leonard built himself in 1974. Recorded 5 February 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 74:46]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa  [11:04]
    2. Wafa warova  [5:09]
    3. Kariga mombe  [7:57]
    4. Nhimutimu 'Kanengoni ndimambo'  [7:10]
    5. Munyu wepasi  [7:20]
    6. Nhimura  [8:52]
    7. Dande  [8:19]
    8. audio sampleBangidza  [7:47]
    9. Nhema musasa  [10:29]


    CD
    3432

    $20.00
    Daniel Taveshure 2003 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira and Vocals
    Daniel Taveshure 2003 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira and Vocals Enjoy lots of relaxed vocals from this mbira player from Seke Communal Area (his family is orignally from Rwizi in Mhondoro Communal Area). Mbira students will find the playing straightforward enough to learn his versions from, others will tap their toes and sing along... Recorded 7 February 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 76:32]
    1. audio sampleShumba yaNgwasha  [9:15]
    2. Nyamaropa  [7:49]
    3. Urombo  [7:44]
    4. Tondobayana  [6:27]
    5. Chaminuka ndimambo  [11:11]
    6. Bukatiende  [11:29]
    7. Nhema musasa  [17:06]
    8. audio sampleDande  [4:57]


    CD
    3433

    $20.00
    Silas Madziva & Panganai Sanyika: Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2003
    Silas Madziva & Panganai Sanyika: Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2003 Two talented mbira players and singers from Chihota Communal Area in rural Zimbabwe. On their way to the city to be recorded, their playing resulted in a whole busload of new fans...who barely noticed the trip as they partied their way to town. Another favorite for gandanga (aka mavembe) tuning fans - every song a delight, including Madziva's solo Dangurangu. Recorded 2003. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 79:07]
    1. audio sampleChipembere  [7:43]
    2. Bukatiende  [7:56]
    3. Shanje  [7:59]
    4. Tadzungaira  [7:42]
    5. Chigwaya  [5:42]
    6. Mahororo  [7:43]
    7. Mbavarira  [8:12]
    8. Shumba  [7:54]
    9. Marenje  [7:40]
    10. audio sampleDangurangu  [9:53]


    CD
    3434

    $20.00
    Leonard Chiyanike - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003
    Leonard Chiyanike - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003 It never ceases to amaze me how many stunningly talented mbira players are tucked away in villages around Zimbabwe. Chiyanike is a virtuoso player who lives in the rural Ringa area of Zimbabwe. This recording includes gorgeous versions of the mbira classics - my favorite is the 15 minute Nyama musango...listen to the subtly shifting bass lines! Recorded 9 February 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Leonard Chiyanike, Edison Chivese plays kushaura on 2 tracks. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:35]
    1. audio sampleNyama musango (Leonard Chiyanike) [15:13]
    2. Bukatiende (Leonard Chiyanike) [7:32]
    3. Nhema musasa (Leonard Chiyanike, Edison Chivese) [4:06]
    4. audio sampleKariga mombe 'Chipembere' (Leonard Chiyanike, Edison Chivese) [5:40]
    5. audio sampleTaireva (Leonard Chiyanike) [11:32]
    6. Chakwi 'Bangidza' (Leonard Chiyanike) [8:00]
    7. Mahororo 'Nyamaropa' (Leonard Chiyanike) [12:25]
    8. audio sampleShumba (Leonard Chiyanike) [12:36]


    CD
    3435

    $20.00
    Dzongodza Taonezvi 2003
    Dzongodza Taonezvi 2003 Mmmm...this senior musician from rural Chihota plays a very low pitched mbira in a tuning similar to Dorian mode, which he calls 'nyuchi samsengere'. Mellow middle-of-the-night style singing on some tracks, with some amazing pieces you've never heard before as well as great versions of the classics. The deep timbre of both the mbira and vocals evokes ancient times... Recorded 9 February 2003 at Harare by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyuchi samsengere. [Total time: 76:06]
    1. audio sampleNhimutimu 'yaNyamaropa'  [11:59]
    2. Mutamba  [6:28]
    3. Chamupupuri  [7:24]
    4. Chuma  [4:53]
    5. Mukai tiende  [7:45]
    6. Shumba huru  [11:10]
    7. Nhema musasa  [5:37]
    8. Shumba yanyamusakara  [10:47]
    9. audio sampleMuzoriwa/Dangurangu  [9:25]


    CD
    3436

    $20.00
    Mhuri yekwaRwizi 2003
    Mhuri yekwaRwizi 2003 Mhuri yekwaRwizi (literally 'Family from Chief Rwizi's place') has been a renowned mbira group in Zimbabwe since the 1960's, now known worldwide. Hakurotwi Mude and Luken Kwari Pasipamire have been making music together for almost 40 years! Their outstanding vocals will take you on a very Shona musical journey, and the beautiful rock solid mbira playing from Pasipamire and Frank Mude (son of Hakurotwi) will keep your feet moving. Every track is a favorite on this one! Recorded 14 February 2003 at Harare by Erica Azim. Musicians: Hakurotwi Mude, vocals; Luken Kwari Pasipamire, vocals and kutsinhira mbira; Frank Mude, kushaura mbira, Isiah Mazengera, hosho. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:48]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa yepasi  [11:41]
    2. Tadzungaira 'Nehondo'  [15:23]
    3. Dande  [4:54]
    4. Chipembere  [12:03]
    5. Nyamaropa Chipembere  [7:07]
    6. Mandarendare  [9:49]
    7. Bukatiende  [11:10]
    8. audio sampleNyama musango  [7:06]


    CD
    3437

    $20.00
    Tavengwa Chikupo - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003
    Tavengwa Chikupo - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2003 This Murehwa Communal Area mbira player has a sweet, steady sound with the mbira classics. Mbira students will be able to learn variations from this one, as the relationship of Chikupo's improvisation to the basic parts is easy to hear. The mbira used was in the tuning of the Magaya family, and the nyamaropa tuning verged on Dorian mode that day. Bangidza is a favorite on this one! Recorded 13 February 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 71:25]
    1. audio sampleBangidza  [8:00]
    2. Kari muDande  [6:43]
    3. Chigwaya  [6:38]
    4. Kuzanga  [9:00]
    5. Nhema musasa  [10:04]
    6. Chipembere  [4:30]
    7. Nyamaropa  [6:50]
    8. Tondobayana  [6:44]
    9. Taireva  [2:53]
    10. audio sampleMahororo  [9:20]


    CD
    3438

    $20.00
    Mhuri yekwaRwizi - The Next Generation 2003
    Mhuri yekwaRwizi - The Next Generation 2003 The next generation of the famed Mhuri yekwaRwizi (literally 'Family from Chief Rwizi's place'), recorded here at age 20 to 25, already rock! Moses Mude's beautiful vocals, and Mudavanhu Magaya's powerful kutsinhira playing, follow in the footsteps of their fathers with honor. Mbira students with instruments in the Magaya family's 'standard' pitch of nyamaropa tuning will enjoy playing along with the moderate pace on this one. Recorded 13 February 2003 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Moses Mude, Mudavanhu Magaya, Kevin Muchena. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 66:02]
    1. audio sampleChipembere  [8:49]
    2. Mukatiende  [8:45]
    3. Bangidza  [4:47]
    4. Nhimutimu  [6:14]
    5. audio sampleNhema musasa  [10:31]
    6. Mahororo  [8:30]
    7. Dande  [5:33]
    8. Kuzanga  [3:00]
    9. Nyamaropa chipembere  [4:22]


    CD
    3439

    $20.00
    Dambatsoko Mbira Group 2003
    Dambatsoko Mbira Group 2003 Dambatsoko is the name of the burial place of the Mujuru ancestors, and the family mbira tuning has been named after the place. On this recording, experience low Dambatsoko mbira the way it sounds at their village ceremonies, with singing and hosho (rattles). Fradreck Manjengwa, Fungai Mujuru, Fradreck Mujuru and Ambrose Manyukire. Recorded 2003. Musicians: Fradreck Manjengwa, mbira and vocals; Fungai Mujuru, mbira; Fradreck Mujuru, mbira; Ambrose Manyukire, hosho. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 78:18]
    1. Bukatiende yepasi  [9:42]
    2. Bukatiende 'Dande Guru'
    3. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe  [9:47]
    4. Nyonganyonga  [9:29]
    5. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko  [9:36]
    6. Mupfure  [9:32]
    7. audio sampleMutamba  [9:41]
    8. audio sampleMasangano  [10:24]


    CD
    3440

    $20.00
    Dendera Resango Mbira Group - Nyamaropa Tuning 2005
    Dendera Resango Mbira Group - Nyamaropa Tuning 2005 This is a juicy group, from Mhondoro Communal Area! Vocals that really grab you and make you want to put it on again and again, and an mbira style that goes interesting places too. The group's name, Dendera Resango, means 'Bird (ground hornbill) in the Forest', with the intended message 'if the bird goes into the forest, nothing will harm it - people are the ones who harm others'. Recorded 14 May 2005 at Magaya Village, Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Alfred Tashaya, mbira and vocals; Lovemore Chikanga, mbira and vocals; Fidelis Dzimwe, hosho. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 73:28]
    1. audio sampleMahororo serewende  [5:17]
    2. audio sampleBukatiende  [9:40]
    3. Nyamaropa chipembere  [7:25]
    4. Mahororo serewende  [7:32]
    5. Taireva 'musango'  [7:38]
    6. Kashiri 'kariga mombe'  [7:40]
    7. Dande  [5:49]
    8. Kari mugomba  [8:51]
    9. Mahororo serewende  [12:58]


    CD
    3441

    $20.00
    Mhuri yekwaManomano 2005
    Mhuri yekwaManomano 2005 This typical village group from Mhondoro Communal Area beautifully represents rural Zimbabwean life...the pace is mellow, the lock of the parts a bit loose, the version of nyamaropa tuning not so Western-influenced. The singing of both mbira players adds to the mix. This is 'worked all day in the fields, but let's sit down and play some mbira' village music. Recorded 14 May 2005. Musicians: Langton Manomano and Felex Musonza, mbira and vocals; Francis Manomano, hosho. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 66:01]
    1. audio sampleKari mugomba  [9:59]
    2. Mahororo  [10:40]
    3. Chipembere  [7:50]
    4. Dande  [9:13]
    5. Kariga mombe  [7:46]
    6. Nhema musasa  [6:26]
    7. Nyama musango  [5:50]
    8. audio sampleNyamaropa  [7:46]


    CD
    3442

    $20.00
    Rwizi Mutoro Mbira Group 2005
    Rwizi Mutoro Mbira Group 2005 This group comes from the area of rural Mhondoro Communal Area under Chief Rwizi, and play very very low pitched nyamaropa tuning mbiras. The name of the group refers to their chief, and that they play for the spirits at the mutoro. A mutoro is a small house used only for prayers to the spirits. The low pitched mbiras, staccato bursts of singing, and hosho, result in an interesting texture on this selection of mbira classics. Recorded 15 May 2005 at Magaya Village, Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe. Musicians: Parwa Choto and Michael Muchenjekwa, mbira; Never Dembetembe, vocals; Nicholas Kachidza, hosho. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:52]
    1. audio sampleTadzungaira Murooro  [9:40]
    2. Kariga mombe  [7:58]
    3. Taireva  [7:49]
    4. Chipindura  [7:51]
    5. Mahororo  [7:51]
    6. Mangondoza  [8:16]
    7. Nhema musasa  [7:33]
    8. Nyamaropa chipembere  [7:43]
    9. Bukatiende  [6:18]
    10. audio sampleNyamaropa Gorekore  [8:11]


    CD
    3443

    $20.00
    Albert Zinhumwe Solo 2005 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira
    Albert Zinhumwe Solo 2005 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira This musician from Mhondoro Communal Area has an interesting and elaborate solo style. AND, this one will make a great gift for that friend who doesn't appreciate the trance-inducing buzz of the bottletops...because this recording has no buzz at all. On this collection of classic mbira repertoire, some pieces are easily recognizable, while others are difficult to identify due to the solo style, which is so much more complex than the usual parts. Recorded 15 May 2005 at Magaya Village, Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 75:34]
    1. audio sampleTadzungaira 'Murooro'  [16:42]
    2. 'Chipembere'  [5:59]
    3. Nhema musasa  [10:11]
    4. Mahororo  [11:55]
    5. Nhimutimu 'Nyamaropa'  [11:56]
    6. Taireva  [8:05]
    7. audio sampleChipindura  [10:19]


    CD
    3444

    $20.00
    Munongedzo Mbira Ensemble 2005
    Munongedzo Mbira Ensemble 2005 Munongedzo's funky, high energy, danceable groove will wake you up and get you moving! Strong bass lines in a low-pitched nyamaropa tuning give their sound a punch. This rockin' group is from Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe. Recorded 15 May 2005 at Mhondoro Communal Area. Musicians: Bernard Jani, mbira and vocals; Kumbirai Nyika, mbira and vocals (tr. 1-4); Clifford Mangwiro, mbira and vocals (tr. 5-8) and hosho (tr. 3); Oswald Bonda, hosho. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 72:41]
    1. audio sampleTadzungaira 'Murooro'  [8:45]
    2. Muka tiende  [9:45]
    3. Mahororo  [9:49]
    4. Nhema musasa  [9:46]
    5. Nyama musango  [4:37]
    6. Kari mugomba  [10:54]
    7. Nhema musasa chipembere  [6:08]
    8. audio sampleBangidza  [12:27]


    CD
    3445

    $20.00
    Fradreck & Nyarai Manjengwa - Dambatsoko Tuning 2005
    Fradreck & Nyarai Manjengwa - Dambatsoko Tuning 2005 Talented musician and sculptor Fradreck Manjengwa plays with his 24-year old daughter Nyarai in Dambatsoko tuning. One of very few young women mbira players, Nyarai primarily plays basic kushaura parts that will be easy for mbira students to learn from this recording. However, on tracks 1 and 8, hear her mbira get lively playing rhythmically complex kutsinhira parts in the style of one of her teachers, Fungai Mujuru. Fradreck Manjengwa is a very traditional man, in constant contact with his ancestral spirits - feel that flavor in his singing and mbira playing. Recorded 20 May 2005 at Mujuru Village, Dewedzo, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Fradreck Manjengwa, mbira and vocals; Nyarai Manjengwa, mbira. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 76:05]
    1. audio sampleDande  [11:03]
    2. Masangano  [9:02]
    3. Mutunga homo  [10:05]
    4. Mubvumbi  [12:09]
    5. Bangidza  [4:48]
    6. Nyamaropa yevaMbire  [8:41]
    7. Mutavara  [6:26]
    8. audio sampleMukatiende 'Dande repamusoro'  [13:08]


    CD
    3446

    $20.00
    Renold & Caution Shonhai 2005
    Renold & Caution Shonhai 2005 The Shonhai brothers from the Nyamweda area of Mhondoro Communal Area play a lovely mbira style, and the parts are so perfectly entwined that they sound truly one. Yet, the separation on the recording will enable mbira students to learn the parts by putting an ear to one speaker at a time. With no vocals, the high lines shine like a silver ribbon weaving through the fabric of the music. The consistent flow and volume of this one make it perfect for bedtime, massage sessions, and yoga workouts. Or, turn it up and dance! Recorded 23 May 2005. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:49]
    1. Bangidza 'Dandiro'  [8:13]
    2. Chakwi 'Magonyati'  [9:08]
    3. audio sampleNyama musango  [8:56]
    4. Mahororo  [6:44]
    5. Machena  [5:46]
    6. Chakwi-Chandasarira  [9:25]
    7. Bangidza 'Dande'  [7:37]
    8. audio sampleShumba yangwasha  [6:16]
    9. Taireva yekare 'Chipangura'  [6:53]
    10. Bukatiende  [10:11]


    CD
    3447

    $20.00
    Langton Matanhike 2005 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals
    Langton Matanhike 2005 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals Enjoy the soaring, soaring vocals of this mbira player from the Nyamweda area of Mhondoro Communal Area, on a selection of the mbira classics. The mbira playing is not complex, as the focus is on the singing. Mbira players with 'G nyamaropa' tuning instruments will be able to play along. Recorded 23 May 2005 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:43]
    1. audio sampleMahororo  [10:12]
    2. Taireva  [7:26]
    3. Muka tiende  [9:45]
    4. Chipindura  [9:06]
    5. Nhema musasa  [8:53]
    6. audio sampleKariga mombe  [8:17]
    7. Kari mugomba  [6:34]
    8. Dande  [5:00]
    9. Nyamaropa  [11:54]


    CD
    3448

    $20.00
    Patience Chaitezvi & Endiby Makope 2005 - Mavembe (Gandanga) and Mavembe Dongonda Tuning Mbira
    Patience Chaitezvi & Endiby Makope 2005 - Mavembe (Gandanga) and Mavembe Dongonda Tuning Mbira This sweet, sweet recording is perfect bedtime music - the mbira flows along so peacefully, with no vocals. Patience and her brother Endiby come from a serious mbira-playing family, with a spirit medium mother. Enjoy the unusual kutsinhira style with prominent middle range melodic lines, played on a mavembe dongonda tuning mbira (a gandanga mbira with the right hand keys an octave lower than usual). Recorded 27 May 2005 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe, Gandanga/Mavembe Dongonda. [Total time: 78:32]
    1. audio sampleShanje  [7:41]
    2. Kanhurura  [7:34]
    3. Marenje  [11:18]
    4. Shumba  [8:21]
    5. Mahororo  [6:58]
    6. Mbavarira  [7:23]
    7. Taireva  [7:23]
    8. Chipindura  [7:22]
    9. audio sampleChipembere  [13:52]


    CD
    3449

    $20.00
    Mandarendare Mbira Group 2005
    Mandarendare Mbira Group 2005 This group from the rural Ringa Resettlement Area near Chihota, Zimbabwe, has a good groove, and features a nyamaropa dongonda mbira, played by the late Agrippa Shereni, as well as two regular nyamaropa tuning mbiras. 'Dongonda' refers to an mbira with the right hand notes an octave lower than usual, resulting in a sound reminiscent of the njari, another type of mbira, which has become rare in Zimbabwe. Tracks 3,4, and 5 feature this mbira played solo, with vocals and hosho; the other tracks include the full group, with and without vocals. The song the group is named after, Mandarendare, has a hook that will have you hearing it in your head, maybe bouncing to the beat, hours later. Musicians: Agrippa Shereni, Tinokosha Bvure and Edson Chivese, mbira and vocals; Munashe Chivese, hosho. Tuning: nyamaropa and nyamaropa dongonda. [Total time: 77:32]
    1. audio sampleMandarendare  [10:13]
    2. Bangidza  [10:24]
    3. Taireva  [10:08]
    4. Dande  [5:13]
    5. Nyamaropa  [9:00]
    6. Bukatiende  [11:44]
    7. Nhimutimu  [9:01]
    8. audio sampleKuzanga  [11:18]


    CD
    3450

    $20.00
    Nyamakwava Mbira Group 2006
    Nyamakwava Mbira Group 2006 This group from the Mamina part of Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe, plays for an important spirit called Nyamakwava. This is an excellent recording for mbira students to listen to, to hear the relationship of the two mbira parts with each other, and with the hosho rattle beat, on a selection of core repertoire of the Shona mbira tradition. Recorded 22 May 2006. Musicians: Ignatious Mashinya, mbira; Crispen Mashayamombe, mbira; Memori Mashinya, hosho. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 55:27]
    1. audio sampleBangidza  [8:29]
    2. Chipembere  [8:44]
    3. Dande  [5:22]
    4. Nyama musango  [7:58]
    5. Kariga mombe  [7:58]
    6. Nhema musasa  [9:30]
    7. audio sampleKari mugomba  [6:59]


    CD
    3451

    $20.00
    Herbert Matema & Kajawu Chingodza 2006
    Herbert Matema & Kajawu Chingodza 2006 Fans of Musekiwa Chingodza will be excited to hear favorite singing lines in his father's lower pitched voice (Kajawu Chingodza), together with his uncle's solo mbira (Herbert Matema). The musicians live in Magamba Village, Murehwa Communal Area, Zimbabwe. Both play mbira on the last track. The pitch of nyamaropa tuning is the same as that used in MBIRA workshops, so mbira students will enjoy playing along, and perhaps learning some of the singing lines and mbira variations. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:30]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa  [17:17]
    2. audio sampleTaireva  [11:21]
    3. Shumba  [2:53]
    4. Mahororo  [12:45]
    5. Bangidza  [11:25]
    6. Dande  [11:34]
    7. Kariga mombe  [9:49]


    CD
    3452

    $20.00
    Marko Mutizwa & James Kadungure 2006 - Nyamaropa Dongonda Tuning Mbira
    Marko Mutizwa & James Kadungure 2006 - Nyamaropa Dongonda Tuning Mbira These two musicians from the town of Chinhoyi play mbira that sounds like ripples in a lake. Playing two nyamaropa dongonda tuning mbiras, the range is reduced to two octaves, but the many duplicate-pitched notes result in a swirling, rippling effect. The mellow mbira, with no vocals, is perfect for massage sessions. Recorded 27 May 2006 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Nyamaropa dongonda. [Total time: 79:48]
    1. audio sampleBukatiende  [13:58]
    2. Nhema musasa  [14:54]
    3. Mahororo  [12:24]
    4. Kariga mombe 'Mangwende'  [14:45]
    5. Taireva  [13:27]
    6. audio sampleChaminuka ndimambo  [10:07]


    CD
    3453

    $20.00
    Clarkson Muchapondwa & Tendai Chikupo 2006
    Clarkson Muchapondwa & Tendai Chikupo 2006 This recording of two musicians from Chikupo Village in Murehwa Communal Area will be useful to mbira students, as their tuning is almost the same as that used in MBIRA workshops. The tuning, total separation of the parts in the recording, and the sometimes predictable style, will make this a good choice for the mbira student who wants to try learning by ear. A challenge: can you hear the musicians switch parts (between the kushaura/lead and the kutsinhira/intertwining part) twice during the over 12 minute Nhema musasa? The last two tracks are solos by Chikupo. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 70:05]
    1. audio sampleBangidza  [11:24]
    2. audio sampleVari muDande  [10:09]
    3. Nhema musasa  [12:40]
    4. Mahororo/Nyamaropa  [9:59]
    5. Taireva  [5:28]
    6. Chaminuka ndimambo  [11:04]
    7. Bukatiende  [8:55]


    CD
    3454

    $20.00
    Nicholas Jemwa & Fungai Mujuru - Vocals and Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira 2006
    Nicholas Jemwa & Fungai Mujuru - Vocals and Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira 2006 Nicholas Jemwa loves to sing! Enjoy his soaring lead vocals, and lower mahonyera, together with Fungai Mujuru's gentle rocking on Dambatsoko tuning mbira. The mbira was recorded with a deze (resonator), giving it a leathery tone, as compared to the clearer tone of Dambatsoko mbiras recorded without dezes. This recording will be excellent for mbira students who wish to learn to sing with Dambatsoko tuning, as well as those who will enjoy playing along with the Dambatsoko mbira. Recorded 3 June 2006 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 78:04]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa yevaNhowe  [14:13]
    2. Nhema musasa  [10:38]
    3. Shumba  [12:07]
    4. Dande  [11:42]
    5. Bangidza  [13:40]
    6. audio sampleMutamba  [15:22]


    CD
    3455

    $20.00
    Gift Mzarabani & Ignatius Mutandwa - Nyamaropa Tuning 2006
    Gift Mzarabani & Ignatius Mutandwa - Nyamaropa Tuning 2006 These two Masvingo mbira players have a mellow, but full of life, groove and a sweetly elaborate mbira style. The current mbira partners of Forward Kwenda, their style shows his influence in the complex versions they play on some of these mbira classics. Fans of the piece Bangidza will enjoy the 14-minute track, but every track on this one is good, and might take a turn as your favorite. Recorded 3 June 2006. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 71:55]
    1. audio sampleBangidza  [14:08]
    2. Kariga mombe  [10:04]
    3. Chipembere  [7:50]
    4. Nyamaropa chipembere  [10:04]
    5. Chipindura  [6:37]
    6. Bukatiende  [9:07]
    7. Nhema musasa  [6:44]
    8. audio sampleMahororo  [6:50]


    CD
    3457

    $20.00
    Forward Kwenda 2006 - Bass Nemakonde Tuning
    Forward Kwenda 2006 - Bass Nemakonde Tuning Its almost impossible to believe that one person, playing one time, could make so much music with two thumbs and one finger! Of course, Forward Kwenda, considered by many to be the greatest living mbira player today, says that his spirits play the mbira, not him, 'How could a human being think of that?' In Zimbabwe, ancient spirits come to help the living before Kwenda can finish playing one mbira piece; thus, his mbira style is considered to be more ancient than other styles. Here, he is playing on an extremely low Nemakonde tuning mbira, a third lower than his previous Nemakonde recordings - turn up the bass on your CD player and sink into the deep sounds of Forward's musical prayers...powerful medicine... Recorded 7 June 2006 at Mbizi Game Park, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Bass Nemakonde. [Total time: 79:43]
    1. audio sampleShumba  [17:30]
    2. Mauya mauya  [11:00]
    3. Nyama musango  [7:44]
    4. Marenje  [9:43]
    5. audio sampleMuzazaranda  [12:08]
    6. Tadzungaira  [21:16]


    CD
    3458

    $20.00
    Irene Chigamba & Erica Azim 2006: Live Mbira Concert in Berkeley, California
    Irene Chigamba & Erica Azim 2006: Live Mbira Concert in Berkeley, California This rare live performance, by two of the mere handful of women performers of traditional Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe, is dedicated to the ancestral spirits of Zimbabwe, asking for an end to starvation. Mbira is very rarely played by women in Zimbabwe, but Irene Chigamba learned from her mother at the age of 8, then her father, before joining the first Zimbabwe National Dance Company and performing as a musician and dancer worldwide. Erica Azim fell in love with Shona mbira music as a teenager, and through years of determination, managed to travel to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1974 to study with several mbira masters. Recorded 6 August 2006. Tuning: Nyamaropa and Gandanga. [Total time: 79:07]
    1. audio sampleNdomutenda mambo  [8:59]
    2. Vasina katura  [10:16]
    3. Shanje  [6:55]
    4. audio sampleShumba  [5:49]
    5. Kariga mombe  [7:34]
    6. Mbavarira  [8:26]
    7. Mahororo  [7:00]
    8. Mukai tiende  [7:03]
    9. Bembero  [5:07]
    10. Nyatwa  [6:11]
    11. Vasina katura  [5:32]


    CD
    3459

    $20.00
    Vakaranga Venharetare - Live Concert in Berkeley, CA on 13 August 2008
    Vakaranga Venharetare - Live Concert in Berkeley, CA on 13 August 2008 Vakaranga Venharetare means "The women who play mbira for ceremonies to call the spirits". Mbira is played by very few women in Zimbabwe, but Patience Chaitezvi and Ambuya Jenny Muchumi were both raised by women who were traditional healers and spirit mediums. In this traditional environment, they began playing mbira in ceremonies as young girls. Their relationship with mbira remains extremely traditional, and the idea of performing mbira on stage as entertainment (this live concert) was a strange experience for them! Erica Azim fell in love with Shona mbira music as a teenager, and has played since the 1970's. This recording includes both nyamaropa and mavembe (gandanga) tunings. A special treat is the magavhu (leg rattles), which can be heard on tracks 5 and 7. Recorded 13 August 2008 at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA by Tesser Call. Musicians: Jenny Muchumi, Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim. Tuning: nyamaropa and gandanga/mavembe. [Total time: 75:48]
    1. audio sampleMahororo (nyamaropa tuning) [12:00]
    2. Nhema musasa (nyamaropa tuning) [10:51]
    3. Shanje (mavembe tuning) [4:52]
    4. audio sampleKanhurura/Nyama musango (mavembe tuning) [6:14]
    5. Marenje (mavembe tuning) [2:47]
    6. Shumba (mavembe tuning) [9:44]
    7. Chipembere (nyamaropa tuning) [6:44]
    8. audio sampleKariga mombe (nyamaropa tuning) [6:40]
    9. Tadzungaira "Ndodzungaira" (nyamaropa tuning) [15:19]


    CD
    3460

    $20.00
    Traditional Songs in Mhondoro 2009
    Traditional Songs in Mhondoro 2009 So so soulful singing from Zimbabwean village women! Clapping and singing traditional songs, some of which are seldom heard these days, Dzepasichigare ("Of the ways of long ago") Singers are 9 women aged 31 to 74, including the late Matilda Magaya (called VachiHera, as a respected woman of the eland totem). This group from the Magaya, Kwari, Mude, Kanamandari, Chipfuwa and Mutinhiri villages, in Chief Rwizi's region of Mhondoro Communal Area, provide ample inspiration for the next generation to keep singing these important Shona songs. Musician: Dzepasichigare Singers. [Total time: 76:06]
    1. audio sampleMhondoro dzinonwa  [6:04]
    2. Chine ngundu akafa atambura  [1:30]
    3. Tora uta hwako  [18:20]
    4. Imbwa yangu machena  [19:12]
    5. Kuenda Mbire  [6:02]
    6. Chigwaya  [6:59]
    7. audio sampleChaminuka ndimambo  [6:16]
    8. audio sampleBaya wabaya  [11:14]


    CD
    3461

    $20.00
    Dambatsoko Teens 2009: Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira
    Dambatsoko Teens 2009: Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira Where else can you find a whole group of teenagers playing mbira and hosho as they were played centuries ago?! These teens, recorded in Mujuru Village, do honor to the elders teaching them, and ensure that this is one place where traditional music will continue in the future. The mellow pace, suited to the rich low Dambatsoko tuning, is a refreshing change from the speeded up tempo preferred by many young mbira players. Let's encourage these young musicians! Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 77:39]
    1. audio sampleShumba  [7:49]
    2. audio sampleNhema musasa  [6:21]
    3. audio sampleBangidza  [10:50]
    4. Chakwi  [8:25]
    5. Baya wabaya  [8:11]
    6. Masangano  [9:08]
    7. Dande  [6:14]
    8. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko  [7:28]
    9. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe  [12:40]


    CD
    3462

    $20.00
    Shona Songs in Mujuru Village 2009 - Mhuri yeDambatsoko
    Shona Songs in Mujuru Village 2009 - Mhuri yeDambatsoko Not many Zimbabweans are still singing the old traditional songs. Here, 16 men and women aged 27 to 83, from four villages in the Dewedzo area -- Wafawanaka, Chakanyuka, Chikuni and Mujuru -- gathered to sing and dance some of their old favorites, together with hosho. They had SUCH a good time, that the younger generation will hopefully be inspired to learn the songs, too. Musician: Mhuri yeDambatsoko. [Total time: 79:49]
    1. audio sampleKuenda Mbire  [9:50]
    2. Muti mukuru  [9:54]
    3. audio sampleNjerere  [10:16]
    4. Tora uta  [10:10]
    5. Baya wabaya  [10:14]
    6. Gororo  [5:52]
    7. Tondobayana  [10:00]
    8. Mukuru mukuru  [13:12]


    CD
    3463

    $20.00
    Mazai Mbira Group 2009: Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira
    Mazai Mbira Group 2009: Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira
The Mazai Mbira Group was famous in Zimbabwe in the 1980's and 1990's for their 3 locally published albums, and they still sing the luscious vocals they have always been known for - you'll definitely want to sing along with this one! The bouncy groove also makes this a great CD to dance to, or wake up to on the way to work in the morning. This group is based in Bulawayo and Gwanda, in southwest Zimbabwe, and includes the two living members of the original group, as well as one new member. The tuning is a very LOW gandanga/mavembe. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 77:36]
    1. audio sampleMarenje "Nyarara"  [12:06]
    2. Shanje "Rombe"  [6:46]
    3. Taireva "Mudzimu wangu"  [14:10]
    4. Gorekore  [8:12]
    5. Muka tiende "Sango"  [8:32]
    6. audio sampleKariga mombe "Tibayane"  [12:08]
    7. audio sampleNyama musango  [15:18]


    CD
    3464

    $20.00
    Ndangariro (Memories): Ernest Chaitezvi 2009
    Ndangariro (Memories): Ernest Chaitezvi 2009 This talented 24-year old mbira player is the nephew of talented mbira players Patience Chaitezvi, and the late Christopher "Doubt" Chaitezvi and Endiby Makope. Ernest's gentle vocals are a perfect complement to a sweet mbira style. He chose the name Ndangariro ("Memories") for this album: "The music brings back memories of superstar mbira players who passed away, especially my uncle Chrisopher who had a strong passion for the music. The music also helps in bringing memories of a culture which is being eroded by Westernization...the music helps me visualize the way our ancestors lived...memories, memories, memories..." Ernest's mbira is in MBIRA workshop pitch (B) nyamaropa tuning. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 78:17]
    1. audio sampleNyama musango  [10:32]
    2. audio sampleTadzungaira "Todzungaira"  [9:16]
    3. Bukatiende  [7:30]
    4. audio sampleDangurangu  [10:05]
    5. Kanyuchi  [10:00]
    6. Bangidza  [10:13]
    7. Chipembere Nhimutimu  [9:06]
    8. Nhema musasa  [11:06]


    CD
    3465

    $20.00
    Dambatsoko Mbira Group: The Next Generation 2009
    Dambatsoko Mbira Group: The Next Generation 2009 Every generation of the large extended Mujuru family plays mbira! These musicians, aged 20 to 30, heard plenty of mbira all their lives, and it really shows in their playing - a tight group with lots of energy. 20-year old Augustine's excellent groove is a credit to father Fungai "Zhanje" Mujuru. Killian, Paradzai (son of Musekiwa Mujuru), and Admire (son of Komboni Mujuru) take turns with mbira and hosho, and add enthusiastic vocals typical of their family's ceremonies out in the village. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:16]
    1. audio sampleMasangano  [10:06]
    2. audio sampleChaminuka ndimambo "Ndiani akanofa namambo"  [8:04]
    3. Baya wabaya "Hondo"  [8:10]
    4. Shumba  [8:00]
    5. Chakwi  [8:00]
    6. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe  [8:02]
    7. Mhuka ine mavara  [7:28]
    8. Nhema musasa  [7:44]
    9. Chakwi chaMutota  [4:34]
    10. Mataura here?  [8:32]


    CD
    3466

    $20.00
    Renold & Caution Shonhai 2009
    Renold & Caution Shonhai 2009 Sweet, SWEET mbira and vocals on this second release of the Shonhai brothers; again, each and every track will be a favorite! From the rural Nyamweda region of Mhondoro Communal Area, the Shonhai brothers learn mbira from their great-grandfather's spirit, as well as neighboring mbira players. Caution is the medium of this spirit, which teaches younger brother Renold mbira pieces. When the spirit is no longer with Caution, Renold teaches Caution what he learned. On this recording, Caution's high floating lead vocals are perfectly balanced by Renold's lower responses. This one will be a favorite for massage sessions, or just sweetening your day. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:45]
    1. Taireva yekare  [7:52]
    2. audio sampleDangurangu  [9:48]
    3. audio sampleBangidza  [7:00]
    4. audio sampleNhai mambo  [7:52]
    5. Tadzungaira "Hondo"  [8:10]
    6. Chakwi  [10:58]
    7. audio sampleMutamba  [9:16]
    8. Bangidza  [8:46]
    9. Nhema musasa  [9:30]


    CD
    3467

    $20.00
    Pasimupindu Mbira Group: Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2009
    Pasimupindu Mbira Group: Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira 2009 The star of this tight group from the city of Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe is 18-year old Singleton Takaruza, who has a gorgeous voice that will remind you of Matemai's (Newton Gwara's). Singleton's able kutsinhira playing combines well with mbira maker Newtan Chihota's kushaura parts, and Vitalis Mutemi's sometimes wild third parts. Those who enjoy mbira singing will love this one! Musicians: Newtan Chihota, Vitalis Mutemi, Singleton Takaruza, Slovern Takaruza. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 70:28]
    1. audio sampleKariga mombe  [8:04]
    2. audio sampleKari mugomba  [9:48]
    3. audio sampleMahororo  [7:04]
    4. audio sampleNhema musasa  [7:38]
    5. Taireva  [8:26]
    6. Kuzanga  [6:52]
    7. Nyamaropa  [7:12]
    8. Dande  [7:16]
    9. Muzoriwa "Chigamba"  [7:28]


    CD
    3468

    $20.00
    Christopher Samuriwo 2009: Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira
    Christopher Samuriwo 2009: Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira This musician, who lives in the rural Ringa area of Zimbabwe, plays a wide selection of Shona mbira classics in mavembe (also known as gandanga) tuning. Although the tempo is fast, some styles are repeated long enough that mbira students will be able to learn variations to pieces they know. Samuriwo is joined on tracks 3 and 10 by mbira maker Munashe Chivese. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 77:18]
    1. audio sampleMuka tiende  [7:24]
    2. audio sampleShumba  [7:30]
    3. Mahororo  [6:51]
    4. Ngoma yamambo  [6:05]
    5. Nyamaropa nhimutimu  [9:11]
    6. Kuzanga  [6:38]
    7. Nhema musasa  [6:41]
    8. Nyama musango  [6:18]
    9. audio sampleKariga mombe  [7:48]
    10. Bangidza  [4:52]
    11. Chipembere  [7:17]


    CD
    3469

    $20.00
    Henry Gandidzanwa 2009
    Henry Gandidzanwa 2009 Fans of unusual mbira tunings will love this variant of mavembe/gandanga tuning, played by Henry Gandidzanwa from the rural Ringa area of Zimbabwe. Enjoy his quirky versions of mbira classics, including a rocking Kariga mombe! Between the interesting tuning and the slightly different style, standard mbira pieces have a whole new flavor. This is a great example of how the same mbira pieces, played for over 1,000 years, sound different in each village. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 79:54]
    1. audio sampleKariga mombe  [7:32]
    2. Shumba "huru"  [9:40]
    3. audio sampleNhema musasa  [8:08]
    4. audio sampleNyamaropa chipembere "Serevende"  [8:48]
    5. Kuzanga  [7:54]
    6. Nhimutimu  [5:52]
    7. audio sampleNyama musango  [7:56]
    8. Chipembere  [5:30]
    9. Bangidza  [9:00]
    10. Mahororo  [8:58]


    CD
    3470

    $20.00
    Ruswa & Mavunga 2009: Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira
    Ruswa & Mavunga 2009: Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira These two musicians from the rural Ringa area south of Harare play a wide selection of the mbira classics, most with fairly standard kushaura parts, and enjoyable yet not too complex kutsinhira parts. Because the instruments are in "MBIRA workshop pitch" (near B) nyamaropa tuning, and there is total separation of the parts (kushaura left/kutsinhira right), mbira students will enjoy working with this one, and playing along. Musicians: Matthew Ruswa, Biggy Mavunga. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 68:57]
    1. audio sampleChemutengure  [4:24]
    2. audio sampleMahororo  [8:16]
    3. Tondobayana "Zirume"  [4:51]
    4. Kariga mombe  [9:06]
    5. audio sampleMuka tiende  [9:01]
    6. Nhema musasa  [8:16]
    7. Dande  [6:44]
    8. Shumba  [5:59]
    9. Tadzungaira "Nehondo"  [3:25]
    10. Taireva  [8:16]


    CD
    3471

    $20.00
    Muzanenhamo Mbira Group 2009
    Muzanenhamo Mbira Group 2009 This group from Muzanenhamo Village in Murehwa Communal Area is a gem. "Samaita" Vitalis Botsa was Forward Kwenda's mbira partner during many formative years for both, and here plays a similar virtuosic style with oh so soulful vocals. "Samaita", a humble market gardener, is joined by two mbira players from his village, one of whom adds lovely bass vocals to some tracks. Their Nhema musasa and Mahororo serevende will be favorites! Musicians: "Samaita" Vitalis Botsa, kutsinhira mbira and lead vocals; Campion Botsa, kushaura mbira and bass vocals; Lovemore Mutandwa, mbira. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:52]
    1. audio sampleMahororo serevende  [11:02]
    2. Chipindura  [10:20]
    3. audio sampleKari muDande  [10:34]
    4. audio sampleMuka tiende  [11:32]
    5. Kariga mombe  [11:12]
    6. Taireva  [10:00]
    7. audio sampleNhema musasa  [15:00]


    CD
    3472

    $20.00
    Fradreck Mujuru & Nicholas Jemwa 2009: Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals
    Fradreck Mujuru & Nicholas Jemwa 2009: Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals Fans of Fradreck Mujuru's expertly crafted mbiras and excellent mbira playing will enjoy hearing him playing one of his mbiras in nyamaropa tuning (MBIRA workshop pitch, around B), together with Nicholas Jemwa's joyous and very traditional vocals. The long tracks give the musicians time to go deeply into each piece, including Masangano, Mujuru's favorite. Mbira students are encouraged to play and sing along with this album! Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:44]
    1. audio sampleMasangano  [15:08]
    2. audio sampleBhuka tiende yepasi  [14:42]
    3. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko  [15:04]
    4. Nhema musasa yaNehanda  [14:13]
    5. audio sampleKuzanga  [10:02]
    6. Nhema musasa  [10:14]


    CD
    3473

    $20.00
    Denver Banda 2009 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira
    Denver Banda 2009 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira This 27-year old mbira player plays exciting versions of mbira classics. His mbira is in MBIRA workshop (B) pitch nyamaropa tuning, so mbira students will enjoy playing along, and perhaps learning from this recording. Banda comes from Mutare, on the eastern side of Zimbabwe, where mbira is rarely heard. However, he learned to love mbira from his father's record collection, first learned to play mbira from an old man, then learned from and played with the Magaya family in high school. More recently he has learned from a variety of senior mbira players in various areas. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:24]
    1. audio sampleMahororo  [8:58]
    2. audio sampleNhema musasa  [10:22]
    3. Muka tiende  [9:14]
    4. Chandasarira  [4:29]
    5. audio sampleNyamaropa chipembere  [10:02]
    6. Dangurangu  [9:36]
    7. Taireva  [9:18]
    8. Tadzungaira  [9:52]


    CD
    3474

    $20.00
    Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim: Live in Berkeley 2009
    Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim: Live in Berkeley 2009 This vibrant live recording includes a wide variety of traditional Shona music as it is played in Zimbabwean ceremonies. The mbira pieces include songs with and without vocals, with and without hosho, in nyamaropa tuning (MBIRA workshop pitch) and mavembe (gandanga) tuning. Special treats include track 4's great recording of Patience's dancing with magavhu (leg rattles), and Dandanda style drumming and singing on track 10. Enjoy playing, singing, and dancing with this CD! Recorded 5 August 2009 at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA. Tuning: nyamaropa, mavembe/gandanga. [Total time: 67:54]
    1. audio sampleChigwaya (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim, Krishna Pulavarti (hosho)) (nyamaropa tuning) [10:26]
    2. Bangidza (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim) (nyamaropa tuning) [5:06]
    3. Mahororo serevende (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim) (nyamaropa tuning) [5:58]
    4. audio sampleDande (Patience Chaitezvi (magavhu - leg rattles), Erica Azim (mbira and vocals), Krishna Pulavarti (hosho)) (mavembe/gandanga tuning) [6:14]
    5. Kanhurura/Nyama musango (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim) (mavembe/gandanga tuning) [7:56]
    6. Kariga mombe (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim) (mavembe/gandanga tuning) [7:01]
    7. audio sampleDangurangu (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim) (mavembe/gandanga tuning) [6:53]
    8. Mandarendare (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim) (mavembe/gandanga tuning) [5:09]
    9. Shumba (Patience Chaitezvi, Erica Azim, Krishna Pulavarti (hosho)) (mavembe/gandanga tuning) [9:38]
    10. audio sampleChikonye (Patience Chaitezvi (ngoma - drum, vocals), Joseph Saine (ngoma - drum), Erica Azim (vocals), Krishna Pulavarti (hosho)) [2:53]


    CD
    3475

    $20.00
    Samaita 2010: Vitalis Botsa on Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning
    Samaita 2010: Vitalis Botsa on Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Soulful, virtuoso mbira playing, full waves of music that will wash you away to a far far place..."Samaita" Vitalis Botsa takes us on a journey with the amazing mbira style more commonly associated with former mbira partner Forward Kwenda. A "market gardener" who grows vegetables in Muzanenhamo Village, Murehwa, Samaita had not played mavembe tuning mbira for 13 years, and he says he's out of practice after only 3 months to get reacquainted with the tuning. But, other mbira players would love to sound like this...EVER! Tuning: Gandanga/mavembe. [Total time: 77:38]
    1. audio sampleTadzungaira  [14:46]
    2. audio sampleDande  [10:38]
    3. audio sampleMarenje  [11:52]
    4. Muzazaranda  [7:36]
    5. Chipembere  [12:08]
    6. Shumba  [6:08]
    7. Mauya mauya  [7:36]
    8. audio sampleMbavarira  [6:26]


    CD
    3476

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    Samuel & Paidamoyo Mujuru 2010: Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira
    Samuel & Paidamoyo Mujuru 2010: Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira The Mujuru Village, also called Dambatsoko, probably has the highest percentage of its population playing mbira of any location in Zimbabwe. This recording features Samuel Mujuru, an excellent mbira player and maker, like his older brother (Fradreck), together with 17-year old daughter Paidamoyo. At the time of this recording, Paidamoyo had only been playing mbira for 6 months. However, the family was already saying "She has her father's hand (playing mbira)", meaning that she plays well, in her father's style. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 1:14]
    1. audio sampleChakwi "waRozvi"  [4:50]
    2. audio sampleNhema musasa 1  [8:22]
    3. audio sampleChakwi chaMutota  [11:42]
    4. Baya wabaya "Mukazondidana" 1  [6:05]
    5. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko  [8:58]
    6. Nhema musasa yaNehanda  [7:52]
    7. Masangano  [10:56]
    8. Baya wabaya "Mukazondidana" 2  [10:20]
    9. Nhema musasa 2  [4:14]


    CD
    3477

    $20.00
    Mudewairi Village Singers 2010
    Mudewairi Village Singers 2010 Enjoy enthusiastic singing of Shona traditional songs - from Mudewairi Village, the home of well-known mbira player/maker Fradreck Mujuru's mother, where Mujuru spent many of his early years. [Total time: 77:29]
    1. audio sampleMutawara  [6:08]
    2. Kadukuduku  [12:04]
    3. audio sampleSango dema  [4:54]
    4. audio sampleMhondoro dzinonwa  [11:54]
    5. Mbiri ina washe  [6:00]
    6. Mukuru mukuru  [12:21]
    7. Gotokoto  [5:40]
    8. Nherera  [11:40]
    9. Muroyi wehama  [6:14]


    CD
    3478

    $20.00
    Brian Nyamayaro Chikwepa 2010
    Brian Nyamayaro Chikwepa 2010 This rural musician from the Murehwa area brings us soulful soaring vocals, in the traditional mbira style that is becoming more rare these days, as many elder master singers have died. Chikwepa's mbira style is lively, and mbira students with "Magaya Standard" (around A# pitch) nyamaropa tuning mbiras will enjoy playing along. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 78:32]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa  [8:34]
    2. Nhimutimu "Kari mugomba"  [8:10]
    3. Mukai tiende  [8:24]
    4. Taireva  [7:42]
    5. audio sampleNhema musasa  [7:42]
    6. audio sampleBaya wabaya "Nyama yekugocha"  [8:22]
    7. Chigwaya  [6:10]
    8. Tadzungaira "Ndodzungaira"  [6:54]
    9. Chaminuka ndimambo  [6:12]
    10. Shumba  [9:46]


    CD
    3479

    $20.00
    Tangai Chinyakare - Shona Songs & Drumming in Murehwa 2010
    Tangai Chinyakare - Shona Songs & Drumming in Murehwa 2010 Ah, the soulful way they used to sing in Zimbabwe! Well, you can still find it here and there...the lead singers on this recording are both in their 80's, and can they sing!!!!! Wow! Spunky, playful, improvisational, and so soulful in Muzanenhamo Village, Murehwa Communal Area. Lead singers Christine Botsa and Musekiwa Shadreck Gede are the mother and uncle of talented mbira player "Samaita" Vitalis Botsa, who plays mbira on track 12. On the other tracks, the village singers are joined by Antony Tangai on ngoma (drum). ***You get 2 extra tracks (13 & 14) on the Download that didn't fit on the CD. [Total time: 78:21]
    1. Tondobayana  [5:50]
    2. audio sampleHaruna  [6:38]
    3. audio sampleMharapara madende  [7:37]
    4. Machena  [10:08]
    5. Showererai waro  [6:26]
    6. Chirombo chine makushe  [6:12]
    7. Kanemare  [5:06]
    8. Pasi pane mhanda  [5:00]
    9. Kuenda Mbire  [6:22]
    10. Mukuru mukuru  [7:08]
    11. audio samplePfumo rangu rabaya  [5:22]
    12. audio sampleMahororo serevende  [6:09]
    13. Toenda Nhowe  [5:52]
    14. Shiri huru yarira  [5:22]


    CD
    3480

    $20.00
    Pamuchakata Mbira Group 2010 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals
    Pamuchakata Mbira Group 2010 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals Family! These two father and son pairs from Hodobo and Godzi villages in Chiweshe Communal Area, Zimbabwe, show that tradition is going strong in their area! Listen to the three different mbira parts for each piece, and beautiful traditional singing from Bothwell Mafusire. The younger mbira players, ages 21 and 27, carry the ways of the ancestors into the next generation. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 76:50]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa  [10:48]
    2. audio sampleBangidza  [10:28]
    3. audio sampleMahororo "Tongodima"  [9:54]
    4. Mukatiende  [10:02]
    5. Dande  [10:02]
    6. Taireva  [6:14]
    7. Chipembere  [8:56]
    8. Nyamaropa  [9:58]


    CD
    3481

    $20.00
    The Chiyanike Brothers 2010
    The Chiyanike Brothers 2010 Master mbira player and mbira maker Leonard Chiyanike's gorgeous vocals are recorded here for the first time...mmm! Listen to that special chemistry of brothers who play mbira together, as he plays the classics with older brother Josiah Tarwirei Chiyanike, who was Leonard's first mbira teacher. This one is in "MBIRA workshop pitch" (around B) nyamaropa tuning, so enjoy playing along if you have an mbira in this tuning. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 78:58]
    1. audio sampleMutamba  [9:04]
    2. audio sampleNyamaropa  [10:32]
    3. Bangidza  [10:56]
    4. Kariga mombe  [7:46]
    5. Shumba  [5:08]
    6. audio sampleNhimutimu  [5:40]
    7. Nyama musango  [9:42]
    8. Mahororo  [8:06]
    9. Dande  [5:54]
    10. Kurauone  [5:34]


    CD
    3482

    $20.00
    Gift Rushambwa 2010: Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira
    Gift Rushambwa 2010: Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira Talented mbira player and maker Gift Rushambwa comes from the rural Hwedza area of Zimbabwe, where famed mbira player Thomas "Sekuru Gora" Wadarwa was one of his early teachers. Some people consider Shumba an easy mbira piece...listen to Gift's virtuoso playing and discover how far it can go! Gift, his wife, and 5 children, now live in in the town of Norton, in a large house which he built solely from the proceeds of MBIRA's sales of his instruments! Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 78:32]
    1. audio sampleShumba  [8:18]
    2. Nyuchi  [10:17]
    3. audio sampleNhema musasa  [8:04]
    4. Marenje  [7:59]
    5. Mandarendare "Nhimutimu"  [7:08]
    6. Chipembere  [8:59]
    7. Mahororo  [8:08]
    8. Kari mugomba  [7:35]
    9. Shanje  [5:42]
    10. Mutamba  [5:41]


    CD
    3483

    $20.00
    Patrick Tigere & Andrew Tawedzera - Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2010
    Patrick Tigere & Andrew Tawedzera - Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira 2010 These two musicians from Goredema Village in the rural Chihota area of Zimbabwe play mbiras with extra right thumb keys - one has two, and one three, extra keys (but no extra left keys). The tuning is called mavembe or gandanga by others, but these musicians do not give the tuning a name, saying "all the mbira players in our village play this tuning". Enjoy their versions of the mbira classics! Tuning: Mavembe/Gandanga. [Total time: 79:29]
    1. audio sampleBangidza  [7:57]
    2. audio sampleKariga mombe  [7:49]
    3. Mutamba  [9:51]
    4. audio sampleMukai tiende  [7:53]
    5. Dande  [8:13]
    6. Nyama musango  [9:44]
    7. Chipembere  [8:07]
    8. Shumba  [6:39]
    9. Nyuchi  [4:49]
    10. Taireva "Takamboreva"  [7:47]


    CD
    3484

    $20.00
    Nyagota Village, Nyanga 2010
    Nyagota Village, Nyanga 2010 Exciting music from the mountainous area of Nyanga on Zimbabwe's eastern border with Mozambique - lively singers and drummers plus the thrilling sound of two musicians clinking hoe blades together in rhythms. Get ready to dance! Also perfect to get you really awake on that drive to work. Musicians: Nyagota Village Singers & Drummers. [Total time: 76:19]
    1. audio sampleTondoringana  [6:54]
    2. Majaira  [4:20]
    3. Maruza mukadzi  [8:16]
    4. audio sampleSaunyama mheta  [8:14]
    5. Pfungwa hamuna  [5:56]
    6. Kabudu kembira munako  [6:07]
    7. Muroyi ihama yako  [6:26]
    8. Kadikidiki kanoparadza musha  [8:46]
    9. audio sampleBaba ndimi manditakure  [5:46]
    10. Muroora sara utonge musha  [5:04]
    11. Dzingidzi rakaruma ndiwadena  [4:01]
    12. Watumwa nani?  [5:44]


    CD
    3485

    $20.00
    Raymond Mujuru & Charles Mutwira 2010: Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira
    Raymond Mujuru & Charles Mutwira 2010: Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira Fans of Dambatsoko tuning will enjoy hearing two more masters of this beautiful low-pitched mbira tuning. Charles Mutwira was Ephat Mujuru's mbira partner in the late 1960s and the 1970s. Raymond Mujuru is one of the younger sons of Muchatera Mujuru (who started an mbira dynasty that extends now to a fourth generation). The Mujuru clan often play 3,4, or even 8 different parts together on the same piece. Thus, when you hear different Mujurus play the same piece, you might hear totally different parts from those you have heard before. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:32]
    1. audio sampleDande revaMbire  [10:04]
    2. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko  [9:55]
    3. Kari mugomba "Mwana wamambo"  [9:10]
    4. audio sampleMasangano  [9:26]
    5. Mutamba  [10:46]
    6. audio sampleNhema musasa  [9:17]
    7. Shumba  [10:06]
    8. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe "Pamusoro peNhowe"  [10:20]


    CD
    3486

    $20.00
    Masvingo Mbira Group 2010
    Masvingo Mbira Group 2010 This mbira group is keeping the sweet sounds of mbira alive in Masvingo, a small city close to the Great Zimbabwe ruins, seat of ancient Shona kingdoms. Most of the tracks feature two mbiras frolicking together with no vocals, but a special treat is the long long Nyamaropa where Tafadzwa Matamba adds a third mbira part and gentle vocals. Mmmm... Musicians: Amerson Kanhukamwe, Gift Mzarabani, Tafadzwa Matamba. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:34]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa  [21:34]
    2. audio sampleChipindura  [7:50]
    3. audio sampleMuka tiende  [5:15]
    4. Nhimutimu "Nyamaropa"  [10:42]
    5. Taireva "Taimboreva"  [5:20]
    6. Nyama musango  [4:06]
    7. Nhimutimu-Mahororo  [7:46]
    8. Nhema musasa  [7:34]
    9. Shumba  [3:50]
    10. Kuzanga  [4:57]


    CD
    3487

    $20.00
    Mbira, Stories & Song in Chigamba Village 2010: Kari Muberere Mbira Group
    Mbira, Stories & Song in Chigamba Village 2010: Kari Muberere Mbira Group Richmond Chigamba (younger brother of famous mbira player Tute Chigamba) plays rocking mbira with traditional songs in the Guruve rural area of Zimbabwe, in a different style from that played by the more well-known members of the Chigamba clan. Two young singers in the village add enthusiastic vocals. A very special treat!: two ngano, traditional story songs, told by elderly Cicilia Chigamba (oldest sister of Tute and Richmond), complete with English translations by Denver Banda. The group translated their name "Kari Muberere" as "there is something behind the hut, be careful!"...which will forever remind me of Tute Chigamba showing me around the area, saying "when I was growing up here, the lion used to live over there...and the leopard over there...and the hyenas..." Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 63:58]
    1. audio sampleMukwashi  [8:58]
    2. audio sampleSango dema  [7:58]
    3. Nhakura matenga  [9:02]
    4. audio sampleNgano: Karwizi  [4:22]
    5. Ngano: Guyu  [6:10]
    6. Mukumba wauya  [8:58]
    7. Shamwari  [8:58]
    8. Nyoka musango  [9:04]


    CD
    3488

    $20.00
    Chitsiga - Drummers & Singers of Guruve 2010
    Chitsiga - Drummers & Singers of Guruve 2010 Rocking drumming and traditional singing of the Korekore subgroup of the Shona - this one was recorded in the home village of renowned musician Tute Chigamba. The best musicians of 6 villages in the Guruve area came together for some outstanding drumming and singing. Drum rhythms include Mapfuwe (tracks 2, 3), Mangwingwindo (track 1), Kupembera (tracks 4,6), Yemashave emapfeni (track 5), Ndembira (track 7), and Chinyamusasura (track 8). In the download edition, get much longer tracks 4 and 8, which had to be shortened to fit on the CD (about 18 extra minutes!). [Total time: 79:02]
    1. audio sampleTanda shiri we  [9:58]
    2. Chitsiga wauya  [8:46]
    3. audio sampleTsatsi  [5:20]
    4. Reva reva  [5:06]
    5. Guyakuya  [12:07]
    6. Nyadziwe  [13:29]
    7. Gumwaira waenda  [8:26]
    8. audio sampleChinyamusasura  [15:21]


    CD
    3489

    $20.00
    Caution Shonhai & Erica Azim 2010
    Caution Shonhai & Erica Azim 2010 Caution Shonhai is the medium of his great-great-great-great-grandfather, who was a master mbira player in his time. Caution carries on the family's mbira tradition, as well as his work as a traditional healer. Caution's gentle vocals and sweet mbira style make this recording a good one for bedtime, massages, relaxation and healing. He plays solo on tracks 6 and 7, and is joined by Erica Azim on the other tracks. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 63:36]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa chipembere  [3:38]
    2. audio sampleBangidza  [9:32]
    3. audio sampleChakwi  [7:48]
    4. audio sampleNhai mambo  [12:10]
    5. Chipindura  [8:34]
    6. audio sampleWaramba kudaira  [7:46]
    7. Kari mugomba  [6:18]
    8. audio sampleShumba yangwasha  [7:22]


    CD
    3491

    $20.00
    Leonard Chiyanike & Erica Azim 2012: Live Concert
     Leonard Chiyanike & Erica Azim 2012: Live Concert A quiet, humble, hard-working farmer, Leonard Chiyanike is also an outstanding world-class mbira player, and a lyrical singer as well. Due to his father's construction work, Chiyanike grew up in various parts of Zimbabwe, and thus can play mbira in a wide variety of traditional styles. His fondness for mucheje dongonda tuning, played solo on Chipindura, dates back to living in a northern area of Zimbabwe, where that type of tuning is played, during one period. Chiyanike likes to play each song for a hour or so, as is done in the traditional ceremonies that are his usual venue...but he restrained himself to around 20 minutes each, in consideration of American audiences! On tracks 1-3, played on nyamaropa tuning, he is joined by Erica Azim's mbira and Joseph Saine's very traditional, very groovin', hosho (rattles). Tuning: nyamaropa, muchenje dongonda. [Total time: 79:47]
    1. audio sampleMukai tiende  [20:51]
    2. audio sampleNyama musango  [22:49]
    3. audio sampleTaireva  [13:36]
    4. audio sampleChipindura  [22:18]


    CD
    3492

    $20.00
    Leonard Chiyanike 2012: Muchenje Dongonda Tuning
    Leonard Chiyanike 2012: Muchenje Dongonda Tuning Enjoy a fascinating musical voyage with this incredibly talented master mbira player, playing the unusual muchenje dongonda tuning. The tuning has the right hand keys of Dambatsoko tuning, and the left hand keys an octave higher than Dambatsoko. The combination of the high-pitched tuning, the intricate style, and Chiyanike's so-mellow low-pitched vocals, give this recording a gentle magical quality one could listen to all night... (Note: you get an extra 10 minutes on the download edition that could not fit on the CD) Tuning: Muchenje dongonda. [Total time: 79:08]
    1. Dande  [10:02]
    2. audio sampleNyuchi  [23:20]
    3. Shumba yangwasha "Chigamba"  [7:24]
    4. audio sampleBangidza  [20:13]
    5. audio sampleKariga mombe  [17:51]


    CD
    3600

    $20.00
    Samaita & Ambuya Botsa 2014: Vocals! with Mavembe (Gandanga) & Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira
    Samaita & Ambuya Botsa 2014: Vocals! with Mavembe (Gandanga) & Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira Ambuya Botsa is the feisty woman we all want to be at age 90 – singing her heart out and dancing – and still strong enough to work in her village fields and enjoy her beer. Here she sings together with her immensely talented youngest son, as he plays both mavembe (gandanga, tracks 1-4) and nyamaropa (tracks 5-7) tuning mbira, and adds his vocals to hers. Mmmm, not only big love, but also big music between this mother and son in Murehwa! Tuning: mavembe (gandanga), nyamaropa. [Total time: 76:28]
    1. audio sampleMarenje (mavembe (gandanga) tuning) [14:16]
    2. audio sampleDande (mavembe (gandanga) tuning) [10:34]
    3. Shumba (mavembe (gandanga) tuning) [13:24]
    4. Hambura makaka (mavembe (gandanga) tuning) [8:48]
    5. audio sampleMharapara matende (nyamaropa tuning) [10:50]
    6. Imbwa yangu Machena (nyamaropa tuning) [10:08]
    7. audio sampleChipindura (nyamaropa tuning) [8:04]


    CD
    3601

    $20.00
    Josephat Mandaza 2014 - Mavembe Tuning Mbira & Vocals
    Josephat Mandaza 2014 - Mavembe Tuning Mbira & Vocals
This relaxing recording features Mandaza’s low low low-pitched vocals with crystal-clear steady mbira in mavembe (gandanga) tuning. Known to many as an excellent mbira maker, now enjoy his music! The consistent mbira style and long tracks make this one an excellent choice for mbira students who like to learn from recordings. [Total time: 1:19]
    1. Chipembere  [20:12]
    2. Chigwaya  [9:40]
    3. audio sampleDande  [10:21]
    4. Hambura makaka  [9:32]
    5. audio sampleTambarara ndikutumbure munzwa  [10:08]
    6. audio sampleMbavarira  [19:14]


    CD
    3602

    $20.00
    Tichakunda Mbira Group 2014
    Tichakunda Mbira Group 2014 One of the most exciting traditional mbira groups in Zimbabwe today is master mbira player, spirit medium, and traditional healer Caution Tichakunda Shonhai’s Tichakunda Mbira Group. It’s more common these days to find young people playing pop-influenced mbira, but Caution’s 21-year old son Lasson and his peers are are excited and inspired by pure ancient tradition. You’ll want to listen to this one over and over again – sweet mbira, soulful father and son vocals, and a touch of drum and hosho. The group’s appealing, high-pitched variant of nyamaropa tuning makes this one perfect for road trips, too. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:56]
    1. Matendera  [10:10]
    2. Bangidza “Musha matare”  [10:16]
    3. Nhai mambo  [6:10]
    4. audio sampleHata yemhute  [11:42]
    5. Nyamaropa “Shumba yepasi”  [7:06]
    6. audio sampleHaruna  [11:52]
    7. audio sampleBangidza  [8:06]
    8. Gumbukumbu  [6:58]
    9. Chirombo chine makushe  [7:20]


    CD
    3603

    $20.00
    Langton Bapiro 2014 – Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals
    Langton Bapiro 2014 – Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals Lots of singing and long tracks of consistent mbira (nyamaropa tuning close to MBIRA workshop pitch, around B) make this recording an excellent one for mbira students to play along with, and perhaps learn both mbira and singing from. Bapiro lives in the Nyamweda area of Mhondoro Communal Area, and learned from his uncle John Kunaka many decades ago. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:04]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa  [14:24]
    2. Nhema musasa  [12:20]
    3. audio sampleMhondoro musango  [16:32]
    4. Nyamaropa chipembere “Nhimutimu”  [15:22]
    5. Muka tiende  [4:54]
    6. audio sampleChipembere “Tinotenda mambo”  [15:10]


    CD
    3604

    $20.00
    Henry Ruzvidzo 2014 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals
    Henry Ruzvidzo 2014 - Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals This mellow, joyful recording features Mhondoro player Ruzvidzo’s oh so low vocals and crystal clear mbira in “Magaya Standard” (2014 pitch) tuning. This is an excellent album for mbira students with this tuning to learn from, and others to relax and enjoy. The versions of the pieces morph from easier styles to complex ones, and back again. Love the Kariga mombe!!! Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 1:16]
    1. Chipembere  [10:16]
    2. audio sampleNhema musasa  [9:46]
    3. Chemutengure  [9:40]
    4. audio sampleKariga mombe  [9:42]
    5. Bhuka tiende  [10:14]
    6. Shumba  [5:20]
    7. Taireva “Kasahwa”  [10:26]
    8. audio sampleDande “Vanyemba”  [10:32]


    CD
    3605

    $20.00
    Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim 2014
    Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim 2014 Master mbira player and mbira maker Fradreck Mujuru explores a wide variety of the traditional Shona mbira repertoire here - playing 6 different Shona mbira tunings. From the sparkling Katsanzaira and Katsanzaira dongonda to the deep luscious Nemakonde and Dambatsoko tunings, Mujuru includes mbira standards, classic regional repertoire of the Mujuru family, and unusual pieces. Tracks 2,4,5, and 6 are played solo, and the remaining tracks are played with Erica Azim. Mujuru and Azim had been friends for 23 years at the time of this recording, collaborating not only musically, but also in supporting and promoting mbira music in Zimbabwe and around the world. [Total time: 79:53]
    1. audio sampleChakwi (Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim) (Katsanzaira tuning) [7:42]
    2. audio sampleMukai tiende (Fradreck Mujuru) (Nemakonde tuning) [13:22]
    3. Bhuka tiende yepasi (Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim) (Nyamaropa tuning) [5:58]
    4. Bangidza (Fradreck Mujuru) (Katsanzaira dongonda tuning) [4:59]
    5. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko (Fradreck Mujuru) (Dambatsoko tuning) [7:05]
    6. Nyamaropa yavana vaMushonga (Fradreck Mujuru) (Dambatsoko tuning) [8:31]
    7. Ndangariro (Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim) (Dambatsoko tuning) [5:38]
    8. Mbavarira (Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim) (Mavembe/Gandanga tuning) [5:58]
    9. Nhema musasa (Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim) (Nyamaropa tuning) [9:00]
    10. audio sampleMasangano (Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim) (Dambatsoko tuning) [6:44]


    CD
    3606

    $20.00
    Samaita Vitalis Botsa & Erica Azim 18 August 2015
    Samaita Vitalis Botsa & Erica Azim 18 August 2015 Samaita’s fabulous mbira playing and soulful singing connect with the spirits wherever he is, including this recording made during his first US tour. Mmmmm! Tracks 1-4 are played in nyamaropa tuning, and tracks 5-10 in mavembe (gandanga) tuning. Tracks 7 and 8 are played solo, the other tracks are played together with Erica Azim. Tuning: nyamaropa, mavembe/gandanga. [Total time: 73:54]
    1. audio sampleMahororo  [10:44]
    2. audio sampleMharapara matende  [6:20]
    3. audio sampleNhema musasa  [9:32]
    4. Kari muDande  [4:28]
    5. audio sampleMarenje  [11:38]
    6. Dande  [8:46]
    7. audio sampleRova ngoma muTavara  [3:30]
    8. audio sampleMauya mauya  [4:36]
    9. Chipembere  [8:20]
    10. audio sampleTadzungaira  [5:24]


    CD
    3607

    $20.00
    Dzapasi Mbira Group 2016
    Dzapasi Mbira Group 2016 Another album not to be missed from the so SO talented Dzapasi Mbira Group, whose 2003 album (MBIRA #3423) has been popular around the world. Lively rocking mbira to dance all night to, or to get you going in the morning. And enjoy the oh so soulful singing from lead singer Gweremwezhe and responding singer Munduna. The group is from Rwizi in Mhondoro Communal Area, an area known for its excellent mbira players. (4 extra minutes in the download that didn't fit on the CD) Musicians: Dzapasi Mbira Group: Castle Munduna, Cainot Gweremwezhe, Eliot Motsi, Takayi Chirimuuta. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:50]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa  [10:12]
    2. Mahororo  [10:20]
    3. audio sampleBhuka tiende  [10:22]
    4. audio sampleKari mugomba  [10:10]
    5. Chipembere  [10:04]
    6. Tadzungaira “Vamuroro”  [10:14]
    7. Bangidza  [10:30]
    8. Taireva “Taisireva”  [7:30]


    CD
    3608

    $20.00
    Dambatsoko Mbira Group 2016
    Dambatsoko Mbira Group 2016 mmmMMM! It didn’t seem possible, but the senior mbira players of the Mujuru and Manjengwa families play even better here than on their excellent 2003 album. Their luscious low-pitched Dambatsoko tuning mbiras and Manjengwa’s soulful vocals are so so satisfying. These musicians take their service to the ancestors very seriously, as their top priority in life, and their music reflects that. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:56]
    1. audio sampleChakwi  [10:42]
    2. Nhema musasa  [10:12]
    3. audio sampleShumba yaMutota  [13:20]
    4. Dande repasi  [9:11]
    5. audio sampleNyamaropa yevaNhowe ‘Nyamaropa yaManjengwa’  [11:18]
    6. Bangidza  [8:54]
    7. Chaminuka  [8:48]
    8. Mutamba  [7:16]


    CD
    3610

    $20.00
    Tichakunda – ‘We Shall Overcome’
    Tichakunda – ‘We Shall Overcome’ So so SO beautiful -– the Tichakunda Mbira Group just keep getting better! The Dangurangu is so beautiful it’ll make you cry. Gorgeous father and son vocals and sweet sweet mbira from master mbira player, spirit medium, and traditional healer Caution Tichakunda Shonhai and his 23-year old son Lasson. Ngoma (drum) and hosho are added by Kudakwashe Chakanetsa and Rabiot Nyoka, for a tight ensemble. The album includes both mbira classics and traditional vocal songs set to mbira. Your heart will soar, your feet will dance... Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:52]
    1. Wenjiva  [8:50]
    2. Kari kumarara  [8:50]
    3. Tondobayana “Virimira vamwe”  [8:40]
    4. Kuenda Mbire  [8:48]
    5. Majaira  [8:42]
    6. audio sampleNhema musasa  [12:56]
    7. audio sampleVanofa vachizvarwa vamwe  [8:44]
    8. Toparara  [7:14]
    9. audio sampleDangurangu  [6:52]


    CD
    3612

    $20.00
    Zvimitimunzeve “Sticks In Our Ears” with Tichafa Benhura & Wiriranai Chigonga
    Zvimitimunzeve “Sticks In Our Ears” with Tichafa Benhura & Wiriranai Chigonga Musicians Benhura and Chigonga live in the Epworth suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare - part of the urban area where ancient traditional mbira music is not always welcomed...thus their chosen title, showing their defiant preference for mbira! Both are accomplished mbira players, and also add vocals on most of the tracks. Benhura’s vocals are interestingly hoarse, evoking memories of morning coming after singing all night at a bira ceremony, and Chigonga’s vocals are more smooth. Benhura is the younger brother of late great mbira player and vocalist Silas Madziva. Nyamaropa tuning. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:56]
    1. Mahororo  [10:34]
    2. audio sampleKari muDande  [8:40]
    3. Chipindura  [8:30]
    4. audio sampleTaireva  [10:32]
    5. audio sampleNhema musasa  [13:44]
    6. Kari mugomba  [10:17]
    7. Kariga mombe  [9:06]
    8. Muka tiende  [8:18]


    CD
    3613

    $20.00
    Stephen Nyamayaro Chikwepa Solo & with nephew Tanyaradzwa Muripo – Nyamaropa Tuning & Vocals 7 February 2016
    Stephen Nyamayaro  Chikwepa Solo & with nephew Tanyaradzwa Muripo – Nyamaropa Tuning & Vocals 7 February 2016 Stephen Nyamayaro Chikwepa plays a low low nyamaropa tuning mbira, which he accompanies with strong vocals. He is wonderfully encouraging of his 18-year old nephew Tanyaradzwa Muripo, who plays with him on the last 2 tracks. Some mbira students may be able to learn variations from this recording, because the playing is steady, though fast. From an mbira playing family in the Murehwa area, Chikwepa now works in Harare. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:22]
    1. audio sampleBangidza  [11:34]
    2. Tadzungaira “Ndodzungaira”  [8:39]
    3. Bhuka tiende  [10:19]
    4. Shumba “VaChikwepa”  [9:56]
    5. audio sampleNyamaropa-Mahororo  [9:09]
    6. Dande “Gorekore”  [4:06]
    7. Tondobayana “Kubayana”  [6:02]
    8. Kari mugomba  [7:40]
    9. audio sampleKariga mombe  [11:22]


    CD
    3614

    $20.00
    Chinemwenje: The One Who Brings Light - Chinemwenje Mbira Group
    Chinemwenje: The One Who Brings Light - Chinemwenje Mbira Group Ambuya Mugwagwa is the medium of the spirit of Chinemwenje – “The One Who Brings Light” – as well as a traditional healer. Here, you’ll discover that she is also a soulful, spirited singer at the age of 81! The Mujuru family are always ready to play mbira, in their luscious low Dambatsoko tuning, and are beautifully represented here by Munyaradzi and Augustine (son of Fungai), with Garnet Jemwa adding hosho. Munyaradzi also adds spirited vocals. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:22]
    1. Dande “remvura”  [9:52]
    2. Mukai tiende “Dande guru”  [10:06]
    3. audio sampleKari mugomba  [9:56]
    4. Shumba  [9:52]
    5. Nhema musasa  [9:54]
    6. audio sampleNyamaropa yevaNhowe  [10:10]
    7. audio sampleMasangano  [9:50]
    8. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko  [9:14]


    CD
    3622

    $20.00
    The Munaku Brothers 2017
    The Munaku Brothers 2017 These young (30’s) musicians of Nyamweda in Mhondoro Communal Area are a lively group with a tight groove and a lot of potential. Brothers Anymore Tonderai Munaku and Anyway Munaku play mbira and sing together, and are joined by close friend since school days Garikai Matanhike on hosho. The mbiras are G pitch nyamaropa tuning, so those with that tuning will enjoy playing along. Tuning: G nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:09]
    1. Taireva  [10:04]
    2. audio sampleTondobayana  [10:40]
    3. audio sampleMahororo  [9:22]
    4. audio sampleKari muDande  [9:58]
    5. Shumba  [6:40]
    6. Bangidza “Chakwi”  [9:54]
    7. Mambo Chaminuka  [10:12]
    8. Tadzungaira “Nehondo”  [9:58]


    CD
    3630

    $20.00
    Tiri Chiongotere Solo 2017
    Tiri Chiongotere Solo 2017 Master mbira player Tirivangani “Tiri” Chiongotere of Norton, Zimbabwe, romps through fascinating styles of mbira classics in his first solo recording. He plays here on an mbira he made himself, in a tuning he calls “Nyuchi” (Bees) – it’s nominally nyamaropa tuning around C pitch. Advanced mbira players may be able to learn new styles from this recording, and everyone will enjoy listening! Tuning: Nyamaropa (. [Total time: 79:40]
    1. Nyamaropa  [8:44]
    2. audio sampleChigamba  [7:38]
    3. Chipindura  [6:02]
    4. Taireva  [5:06]
    5. Mutamba  [8:06]
    6. audio sampleChipembere  [9:08]
    7. Muka tiende  [7:44]
    8. Nyamaropa chipembere “Chipembere chepasi”  [5:01]
    9. Nhema musasa  [9:40]
    10. audio sampleKuzanga  [8:04]
    11. Dangu rangu  [3:55]


    TOPDownloads & CDs Available Only From MBIRA
    (digitally remastered analog recordings)

    CD
    1200

    $20.00
    Njari 1971
    Njari 1971 The njari is a type of Shona mbira believed to have been introduced to the Buhera area of Zimbabwe from Mozambique due to the marriage of a MuNyungwe man to a local woman about 1700 A.D. The instrument was retuned to play the local music in Buhera, used to call spirits in ceremonies, and spread to other areas of Zimbabwe during subsequent centuries. This recording was made by Robert Garfias during a trip to Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, in 1971, and features wonderful singing and hosho, as well as njari. The recording will sound familiar to some Americans, as it is the source of Dumi Maraire's marimba arrangements titled "Ndofa ndichibaiwa." Recorded 6 July 1971 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Robert Garfias. Musicians: Alvoro Shiwoto, njari and vocals; Enoch Kaute, njari and vocals; Stanmore Chademejeyo, hosho. [Total time: 74:03]
    1. audio sampleMagonde  [24:30]
    2. Ndongochienda  [24:27]
    3. Nhiura, Musango dema  [16:18]
    4. audio sampleMawuya mawuya  [8:35]


    CD
    1202

    $20.00
    Matepe 1971: Saini Madera, Saini Murira & More
    Matepe 1971: Saini Madera, Saini Murira & More The matepe, also known as madebe or hera, is a type of mbira played in the northeast corner of Zimbabwe and adjacent areas of Mozambique in ceremonies for ancestor spirits, as well as recreational contexts. This recording was made by Robert Garfias during a trip to Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, in 1971, and features wonderful singing, and hosho, as well as several matepe played by Tonga musicians at Nyahuku River School in Mukota. The piece Siti musikana akanaka is known to some outside Zimbabwe who have played Andrew Tracey’s marimba arrangement.  Recorded by Robert Garfias at Nyahuku River School, Mukota. [Total time: 61:32]
    1. audio sampleChamunorwa vana vako vadapera  [10:22]
    2. audio sampleSiti musikana wakanaka  [9:52]
    3. audio sampleMarume ashora mambo  [9:43]
    4. Aroyiwa mwana “Waroya mwana”  [16:01]
    5. Msengu  [5:35]
    6. Kari muchipfuwa  [8:41]
    7. Tuning of the matepe  [0:51]


    CD
    1203

    $20.00
    Muchatera Mujuru 1971 & Mhuri yekwaMujuru
    Muchatera Mujuru 1971 & Mhuri yekwaMujuru This archival recording of Muchatera Mujuru and his group in 1971 features 5 and 6 mbira players playing at one time - each playing a different interlocking part in the family’s low-pitched Dambatsoko tuning. Muchatera Mujuru was a spirit medium, and the recording was made inside his very large banya (house for ceremonies) by Robert Garfias. Muchatera’s passion for mbira music was such that, many years after his death, his descendants are the largest extended family of mbira players in Zimbabwe...many of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren continue to play these songs today. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:53]
    1. Chakwi yeManyika  [7:48]
    2. Nyamaropa yavana vaMushonga  [12:03]
    3. Muchatera wauya  [4:08]
    4. Masangano aNemakonde  [6:31]
    5. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe “Nyamaropa yaMangengwa”  [6:19]
    6. audio sampleNyamaropa yevaMbire  [6:27]
    7. Nyamaropa  [4:19]
    8. Nyamaropa yaMoyo  [10:24]
    9. audio sampleNyamaropa mahororo  [8:03]
    10. audio samplePfodora  [6:24]
    11. Pfodora  [7:04]


    CD
    3015

    $20.00
    Mhuri yekwaMuchena 1991
    Mhuri yekwaMuchena 1991 The late Mondrek and Erick Muchena on mbira, with joyous vocals from Mondreck and his wife Francesca. This recording was hade in Mondrek's house in Highfield, Harare, when it was half-built, during a thunderstorm. The musicians sat on pieces of sewer pipe, and the microphones were balanced on construction rubble, to the light of a single candle. As the house had no windows yet, neighbors heard the music and came over to dance and play hosho. Recorded 7 February 1991 at Highfield , Harare by Erica Azim. Musicians: Mondrek Muchena: mbira and vocals; Erick Muchena: mbira; Francesca Muchena: vocals; a neighbor: hosho. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 64:44]
    1. audio sampleMahororo/Nyamaropa  [15:22]
    2. Mahororo yepasi  [11:38]
    3. Mahororo  [7:54]
    4. Nyamaropa  [7:42]
    5. Kari mugomba [Nyamaropa yekutanga] [6:06]
    6. Chipindura  [5:22]
    7. audio sampleChandasarira  [10:11]


    CD
    3016

    $20.00
    Mataure Chigamba & Kudzanayi School Marimba 9 February 1991
    Mataure Chigamba & Kudzanayi School Marimba
9 February 1991 The late Mataure Chigamba, son of renowned mbira player Tute Chigamba, started playing marimba at the age of 7, at Kudzanayi Primary School in the Highfield area of Harare, Zimbabwe. By 6th grade, he was leading the group, and helping teacher Aberlyn Svondo to teach the others, and the group was performing at national events. Here, as a young adult, Mataure returns to his beloved primary school group, and plays together with them for this recording. On request, the group first played all the traditional songs in their repertoire, and then other songs. [Total time: 66:16]
    1. Nhema Musasa  [4:11]
    2. Taireva "Taisireva"  [4:28]
    3. Taireva "Tsotso  [4:14]
    4. Majaira  [3:48]
    5. Chemutengure  [4:20]
    6. audio sampleMhondoro Dzinonwa  [4:44]
    7. Kutapira  [4:50]
    8. Imbwa Yangu Machena  [4:56]
    9. Kusarima "Torai Mapadza"  [3:36]
    10. audio sampleKuzanga "Mukaranga ane Shanje"  [3:16]
    11. Tanzania  [4:30]
    12. Take it easy  [2:57]
    13. Angelina  [3:05]
    14. Steel band  [3:19]
    15. audio sampleSarura wako  [5:05]
    16. JD  [3:52]


    CD
    3020

    $20.00
    Hakurotwi Mude 1971
    Hakurotwi Mude 1971 From the 1960's through his death in 2008, Hakurotwi Mude was famed as one of the greatest Shona mbira singers in living memory. When these recordings were made, Mude was perhaps in his prime as a singer and mbira player, as well as the medium of an ancient, important spirit. When Robert Garfias travelled to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1971, he heard a 45 rpm record of Mude, inquired about him at the radio station, and contact was soon made. These recordings, made in both Harare and Mhondoro, include Mude singing with his mother VaKochiwe (an important spirit medium) as she grinds maize, playing solo mbira, and playing and singing with his group, Mhuri yekwaRwizi. On track 10, Mude is possessed by his spirit and whistles. Recorded July 1971 at Harare and Mhondoro, Zimbabwe by Robert Garfias. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 72:48]
    1. audio sampleTaruma pasi  [2:24]
    2. Masoja  [2:19]
    3. Tandari  [1:21]
    4. audio sampleMandarendare  [2:16]
    5. Mahororo  [3:30]
    6. Nyamaropa  [2:34]
    7. Nhema musasa  [12:48]
    8. audio sampleNyama musango  [3:26]
    9. Mahororo  [5:04]
    10. audio sampleNyama musango, Taireva, whistling  [7:54]
    11. Dande  [7:02]
    12. Mahororo  [13:29]
    13. Nhimutimu  [1:01]
    14. Mukatiende  [6:48]


    CD
    3062

    $20.00
    Ephat Mujuru Solo 1986: Gandanga Tuning Mbira
    Ephat Mujuru Solo 1986: Gandanga Tuning Mbira The late Ephat Mujuru was the first Zimbabwean gwenyambira (professional mbira player) to introduce traditional Shona mbira music to American audiences. He was also the leader of the group who popularized gandanga (also known as mavembe) tuning in modern Zimbabwe. Please forgive a few bumps in this casual recording - the wonderful playing is worth it. Proceeds of this CD help to support Ephat's widow and children. Recorded 11 May 1986 at Harare, Zimbabwe by Glenn Panna Makuna. Musician: Ephat Mujuru. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 44:50]
    1. Bangidza  [3:05]
    2. Nhema musasa yepasi 'Rukovera'  [2:55]
    3. Mutige mutige  [3:38]
    4. Bukatiende  [3:01]
    5. Bukatiende  [1:31]
    6. Kuzanga  [1:04]
    7. Mutamba  [3:00]
    8. Mutamba  [3:18]
    9. audio sampleDangu rangu  [4:32]
    10. Mbavarira 'Chandasarira'  [7:22]
    11. Taireva  [3:46]
    12. Marenje 'Kashiri'  [2:36]
    13. Mbavarira  [2:03]
    14. audio sampleChipembere  [2:00]


    CD
    3103

    $20.00
    Beauler Dyoko & The Black Souls 1994
    Beauler Dyoko & The Black Souls 1994 Hear Ambuya Beauler Dyoko and her 1994 group rock! Sadly, all members of this great group, except Dyoko, have since died of AIDS. In 1994 only, the group used an unusual tuning, similar to Katsanzaira but not as high pitched - Dorian mode in Western terms. Its fascinating to hear the group's solid vocals with the melodies subtly altered to match the tuning. The kutsinhira player used a dongonda mbira (right hand keys an octave lower than usual). We had planned to make this recording at Beauler's home, but heavy rain on the metal roof required a move to the dining room of the nearby township beer hall! Recorded 26 January 1994 at beer hall at St. Mary's, Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim & Todd Boekelheide. Musicians: Beauler Dyoko, mbira and vocals; Enesiya Nyakudya, mbira and vocals; Lovett Paradzai, dongonda mbira; Evaristo Kanyemba, hosho. Tuning: Katsanzaira (though not as high pitched). [Total time: 76:11]
    1. Nhema musasa  [9:05]
    2. audio sampleTaireva yekare 'Kusuva musha'  [7:47]
    3. Rasai mapfumo  [11:25]
    4. audio sampleUnozofa  [8:27]
    5. Shumba  [9:44]
    6. Muzoriwa 'Chigamba'  [8:19]
    7. Bukatiende  [10:31]
    8. Taireva  [6:41]
    9. Dande  [3:33]


    CD
    3107

    $20.00
    Sam & Stanley Chigumbu 1994
    Sam & Stanley Chigumbu 1994 After playing all day at their village in Seke Communal Area, Zimbabwe, Sam and Stanley Chigumbu weave that special magic that happens when brothers play mbira and sing together. Enjoy the relaxed, at home atmosphere,and the deliciously different tuning...but not so different that you can't recognize the songs. Great vocals on this one. Recorded 7 February 1994 at Chigumbu Village, Seke Communal Area by Todd Boekelheide & Erica Azim. Musicians: Sam Chigumbu, Stanley Chigumbu. Tuning: Mande. [Total time: 78:41]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [5:37]
    2. Shumba [Chipembere](Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [5:37]
    3. Dangurangu (Stanley Chigumbu) [1:24]
    4. Dangurangu (Sam Chigumbu) [1:17]
    5. Shumba yaNgwasha [Shumba yemukuwasha](Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [5:24]
    6. Mahororo [Chipembere](Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [6:52]
    7. Bangidza (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [4:44]
    8. Nhema musasa (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [5:06]
    9. Taireva (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [3:22]
    10. Nyamaropa (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [3:58]
    11. audio sampleBaya wabaya (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [6:03]
    12. Dande (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [4:54]
    13. Nyamaropa Chipembere [Nyamaropa huru](Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [3:14]
    14. Shumba (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [2:52]
    15. Nyamaropa (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [4:29]
    16. Muzoriwa (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [5:04]
    17. Chipembere (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [2:37]
    18. Mahororo (Sam & Stanley Chigumbu) [4:37]


    CD
    3112

    $20.00
    Forward Kwenda & Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi: Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira 17 February 1994
    Forward Kwenda & Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi:
Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira 17 February 1994 In 1994, two master mbira players and close friends, Forward Kwenda and the (now) late Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi, were recorded playing mbira in a very relaxed context. When two masters play mbira together, anything can happen...and does! Vast changes of texture, changes of volume...you have not heard these classic mbira pieces sound like this! Fasten your seat belts. Musicians: Forward Kwenda, Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 47:16]
    1. audio sampleMutamba  [16:51]
    2. Marenje  [5:17]
    3. Nhema musasa  [14:08]
    4. Nyama musango  [10:45]


    CD
    3115

    $20.00
    Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim: First Meeting on 17 February 1994, and one song with Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi
    Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim: First Meeting on 17 February 1994, 
and one song with Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi
In 1994, for two of the rare women gwenyambiras (professional mbira players who play to call spirits) to meet was a special occasion! Patience Chaitezvi was just 23 years old, but already an accomplished mbira player, on the day that she and Erica Azim met and sat down to play mbira together for the first time. Track 7 is a special treat, with Patience playing mbira together with her now late brother Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi, who was her first mbira teacher. Recorded 17 Feb 94 in Highfield by Todd Boekelheide. Tuning: Mavembe/Gandanga. [Total time: 47:58]
    1. Marenje (Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim) [5:05]
    2. Nhema musasa [Ngozi yemuroora](Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim) [8:26]
    3. Chipembere (Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim) [8:13]
    4. audio sampleMahororo (Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim) [10:15]
    5. Kanhurura/Nyama musango (Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim) [4:47]
    6. audio sampleMbavarira/Ndomutenda mambo (Patience Chaitezvi & Erica Azim) [5:00]
    7. audio sampleNhema musasa [Ngozi yemuroora](Patience & Christopher Doubt Chaitezvi) [5:46]


    CD
    3135

    $20.00
    Ephat Mujuru Mbira Ensemble 1980 – Mavembe (Gandanga) Tuning Mbira Group
    Ephat Mujuru Mbira Ensemble 1980 – Mavembe (Gandanga) Tuning Mbira Group Most of this recording was made around 1980, just before this group became the first to record an album (vinyl lp) of traditional mbira music in newly independent Zimbabwe - and became famous under the name Spirit of the People. Enjoy the famous and fabulous vocals of Thomas “Sekuru Gora” Wadarwa, and the masterful mbira playing of Mujuru and Wadarwa. This one is a classic with lots of energy - dance to it, sing along during long drives, it will still be enjoyable after decades of listening! Tuning: gandanga/mavembe. [Total time: 1:12]
    1. audio sampleMarenje  [6:04]
    2. Chipembere  [6:26]
    3. Kuenda Mbire  [3:42]
    4. Shanje  [5:37]
    5. Guru uswa  [5:40]
    6. Bukatiende  [9:00]
    7. audio sampleNyama musango  [7:06]
    8. Nhema musasa  [4:31]
    9. audio sampleDangurangu  [4:16]
    10. Kari mugomba  [5:46]
    11. Mbavarira “Danga mumvuri”  [3:16]
    12. Bukatiende “Gumi remiseve”  [3:22]
    13. Muzara danga  [3:20]
    14. Guru uswa  [3:13]


    CD
    3144

    $20.00
    The Healing Tape on CD - Tute & Palmer Chigamba 1986
    The Healing Tape on CD - Tute & Palmer Chigamba 1986 One of our most popular recordings over the years...this one is so, so relaxing and tension-free. Although this performance was not specifically intended to heal, people worldwide have claimed it helped them heal from illnesses, accidents, and emotional trauma...thus the name! Hear the incredible oneness of the two interlocking mbira parts played by these brothers. As with many MBIRA recordings, this is a casual field recording, not originally intended for distribution, but the occasional child or dancer in the background does not disturb the mood. Recorded 12 April 1986 by Glenn Panna Makuna. Musicians: Tute Chigamba, Palmer Chigamba. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 43:11]
    1. audio sampleNdomutenda mambo  [1:38]
    2. Bembero  [4:11]
    3. Chipembere  [4:35]
    4. Bukatiende  [5:30]
    5. Nyama musango  [6:08]
    6. Shumba 'huru'  [5:28]
    7. Dangamvura  [5:55]
    8. audio sampleMbavarira  [5:17]
    9. Shumba yatubwete  [3:50]


    CD
    3208

    $20.00
    Elder Mujuru Mbira Players 1996
    Elder Mujuru Mbira Players 1996 Mellow, no-hurry, deep old men sound on low, low Dambatsoko tuning mbiras. Elder Mujuru mbira players Komboni Mujuru, Fungai Mujuru, Musekiwa Mujuru, and the late Cletos Manjengwa play Dambatsoko tuning mbira in various pairs. Recorded the afternoon after a bira ceremony, on a hilltop above Mujuru Village. The name of their mbira tuning - Dambatsoko - is a family reference to the burial place of their ancestors near rural Dewedzo, Zimbabwe. Recorded 4 May 1996 at on a hill in the Dambatsoko area near Dewedzo, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 75:51]
    1. audio sampleMutamba (Fungai Mujuru & Cletos Manjengwa) [5:54]
    2. Nyamaropa yaVaMbire (Musekiwa Mujuru & Cletos Manjengwa) [6:26]
    3. Pfodora (Musekiwa Mujuru & Cletos Manjengwa) [8:24]
    4. Shumba yaNgwasha (Musekiwa Mujuru & Cletos Manjengwa) [7:40]
    5. Nyamaropa yeChitungwiza (Musekiwa Mujuru & Cletos Manjengwa) [7:08]
    6. Nyamaropa yeDumba (Komboni & Musekiwa Mujuru) [8:18]
    7. Bukatiende 'Dande Guru' (Komboni & Fungai Mujuru) [5:26]
    8. Nyamaropa yeVaNhowe (Komboni & Fungai Mujuru) [5:26]
    9. Shumba (Komboni & Fungai Mujuru) [7:09]
    10. Nyamaropa yeDambatsoko (Fungai & Musekiwa Mujuru) [5:37]
    11. audio sampleNyonganyonga (Fungai & Musekiwa Mujuru) [7:36]


    CD
    3213

    $20.00
    Tadzungaira: A Prayer to End All Suffering, Vol. 1. Forward Kwenda 1996-7
    Tadzungaira: A Prayer to End All Suffering, Vol. 1.  Forward Kwenda 1996-7 Forward Kwenda plays Tadzungaira ('We are suffering') as a prayer to the ancestors to end all suffering in the world. He is known in Zimbabwe and internationally for his incredible solo performances of this piece - an expression of all our tears, and the exaltation of the human spirit. The first three tracks were originally recorded on a cassette walkman, but captured amazing performances in casual settings. Note the use of a loose key to add extra percussion on tracks 1 and 3. MBIRA recordings do not use overdubbing - what you are hearing is truly Forward playing one time with two thumbs and one finger. Recorded 1996-7 at Zimbabwe - various, and US. Musician: Forward Kwenda. Tuning: Gandanga/mavembe. [Total time: 79:46]
    1. audio sampleTadzungaira 16 Jan 1997  [16:00]
    2. Tadzungaira May 1996  [22:06]
    3. Tadzungaira 16 Jan 1997  [21:02]
    4. Tadzungaira 21 Aug 1997  [9:41]
    5. audio sampleTadzungaira 15 April 1996  [10:37]


    CD
    3214

    $20.00
    Tadzungaira yepasi - Forward Kwenda 1997 Nyamaropa Tuning
    Tadzungaira yepasi - Forward Kwenda 1997 Nyamaropa Tuning Tadzungaira ('We are suffering') is an ancient mbira song played to end all suffering in the world. This 46 minute long performance has long been a favorite (as Tape 214) for massage sessions, bedtime after a stressful day, long drives, and more...enjoy it now in CD format! The sweet sound of the mbira is a perfect counterpoint to unique lyrics that encourage us to remember that we are not alone, that we should love and support one another, and leave envy and violence behind. Recorded 1997. Musician: Forward Kwenda. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 45:58]
    1. audio sampleTadzungaira yepasi  [45:58]


    CD
    3253

    $20.00
    Newton Gwara & Chaka Marimba 1998
    Newton Gwara & Chaka Marimba 1998 One mbira, 3 marimbas, hosho and lots of vocals on material ranging from mbira pieces to Shona pop. The vibrant young men of Chaka Marimba together with older mbira player and vocalist extroardinaire Newton Gwara are a potent combination! Recorded 17 July 1998 at Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Newton Gwara (also known as Newton Cheza Chozengwa, or Matemai), Pfungwa Chaka, Masimba Chaka, Costa Mabani, Coswell Madzivanzira, Tera Kutya. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:41]
    1. audio sampleTaireva 'Tsotso' [Tsotso] [12:24]
    2. Nhema musasa  [13:03]
    3. Chipo  [4:56]
    4. Marimuka  [13:27]
    5. Mahororo  [12:41]
    6. Addmore  [13:19]
    7. audio sampleKari mugomba  [7:25]


    CD
    3265

    $20.00
    Rinos Simboti Mukuwurirwa & Tiri Chiongotere 1999
    Rinos Simboti Mukuwurirwa & Tiri Chiongotere 1999 Mbira maker Simboti Mukuwurirwa studied mbira with late great Mubayiwa Bandambira. He and mbira partner Tiri Chongotere enjoy playing the same mbira piece starting from various different pitches on the same mbira. Hear this done on the 5 different versions of Nhema musasa on this CD. The mbira tuning, which Simboti calls Saungweme, is delightfully non-Western. Recorded 17 April 1999 at Mufakose, Harare by Erica Azim. Musicians: Rinos Simboti Mukuwurirwa, Tiri Chiongotere. Tuning: Saungweme. [Total time: 72:26]
    1. audio sampleNhema musasa yepasi [Nhema musasa] [5:36]
    2. Nhema musasa  [7:44]
    3. Nhema musasa  [4:17]
    4. Nhema musasa  [5:17]
    5. Nhema musasa  [3:30]
    6. Nyama musango  [7:26]
    7. Mahororo  [5:55]
    8. Shumba yatubwete 'yaRugwede' [Shumba yaRugwede] [4:08]
    9. Nhimutimu 'Nyamaropa' [Nyamaropa] [8:19]
    10. Shumba  [5:35]
    11. Chipindura  [5:14]
    12. Dande  [5:37]
    13. audio sampleNyuchi  [2:51]


    CD
    3268

    $20.00
    Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga
    Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga Stomping, lively mbira to dance to, even without hosho, and a clear playing style mbira students can learn from. Powerful mbira player Luken Pasipamire is a veteran of the Mhuri yekwaRwizi group, which was famous in Zimbabwe in the 1960's and 1970's. Enjoy the contrast of his gentle vocals with the strong mbira style. Chris Mhlanga is known for his mbira building, as well as playing. Here, these old friends swith parts seamlessly in the middle of some pieces. Pasipamire plays solo on track 4, Mhlanga plays solo on track 8. Recorded 28 April 1999 at Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Luken Pasipamire, Chris Mhlanga. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:31]
    1. Nhema musasa (Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga) [14:21]
    2. Bukatiende (Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga) [6:02]
    3. audio sampleTaireva (Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga) [12:03]
    4. Taireva (Luken Pasipamire) [5:56]
    5. Bangidza (Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga)
    6. audio sampleChawasarira (Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga) [6:26]
    7. Nhimutimu (Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga) [8:43]
    8. Kari mugomba (Chris Mhlanga) [3:19]
    9. Mahororo (Luken Pasipamire & Chris Mhlanga) [16:00]


    CD
    3303

    $20.00
    Chaka Chawasarira - Matepe Mbira 2000
    Chaka Chawasarira -  Matepe Mbira 2000 The 34-key matepe, or hera, is the mbira of the Korekore group of the Shona people, who are located in northern Zimbabwe. This recording of senior musician and educator Chaka Chawasarira was made at his home at rural Zengea School, where he was headmaster, in 2000. He has now retired and relocated. Enjoy his wonderful mbira playing, and his vocals that fit with it so, so perfectly. Recorded 6 July 2000 at Zengea School, near Mhondoro Communal Area, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musician: Chaka Chawasarira. [Total time: 74:58]
    1. audio sampleKumuchenjedza muTonga [Do not warn the Tonga people] [13:09]
    2. Musengu  [11:12]
    3. Musumbu wederere [a bundle of okra (an ugly woman rejected by the chief)] [8:11]
    4. Mwana wamambo haanonzarwo [The son of a chief should not be mistreated] [5:57]
    5. Urombo ndehwevanhu vese [Poverty is for everyone] [3:29]
    6. Ndonda [The thin, sickly one] [5:10]
    7. Pasipanodya [We all die and go into the ground (rich and poor)] [4:21]
    8. Kanotamba mubani [The spirit that plays in a meadow] [6:12]
    9. Kari mugomba  [3:07]
    10. Dimbotimbo [background music while the spirits are talking] [5:49]
    11. Kumuchenjedza muTonga yekutanga  [4:26]
    12. audio sampleNyamaropa  [3:04]


    CD
    3307

    $20.00
    Boniface Mutandwa - Solo Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals 2000
    Boniface Mutandwa - Solo Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira & Vocals 2000 Boniface Mutandwa was a frequent mbira partner, as well as brother-in-law, of the late Mondrek Muchena. A somewhat wild, hard-drinking man, Mutandwa has an accomplished and rollicking mbira style, where you can't possibly miss the groove. You will also enjoy his soaring, uninhibited vocals. (Played on a Magaya-pitch nyamaropa tuning mbira) Recorded 10 July 2000 at Harare, Zimbabwe (Highfield) by Erica Azim. Musician: Boniface Mutandwa. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:05]
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa  [11:16]
    2. Nhema musasa  [8:37]
    3. audio sampleNyama musango  [6:55]
    4. Taireva [Taisireva] [6:22]
    5. Shumba  [5:34]
    6. Chipindura 'Mudeve mune tsanga'  [8:12]
    7. Baya wabaya 'Ngondo'  [10:00]
    8. Kari mugomba  [8:04]
    9. Mandarendare  [6:49]
    10. Dande  [6:35]


    CD
    3309

    $20.00
    Katsanzaira Tuning Collection - Forward Kwenda 2000
    Katsanzaira Tuning Collection - Forward Kwenda 2000 Katsanzaira is a sweet high mbira tuning -- the name refers to the first gentle rain before a storm hits. The Dorian mode intervals of this tuning give a haunting flavor to many mbira pieces. This recording includes standards from the ancient Shona mbira repertoire, and an unusual piece, Zvarambwa, which has a 22 beat cycle consisting of three phrases of 8, 6, and 8 beats. Listen to Dangurangu and see if you can tell when Forward is no longer there and the spirits are playing mbira! And Taireva yepasi is an oh, so sweet favorite. Recorded 2000 - various dates at US - various locations by Erica Azim, Paul Wagner, California State University at Northridge Performing Arts Center. Musicians: Forward Kwenda, mbira and vocals Erica Azim, vocals on two tracks. Tuning: Katsanzaira. [Total time: 79:59]
    1. Nyama musango  [12:47]
    2. audio sampleTaireva yepasi  [10:00]
    3. Nhema musasa  [11:40]
    4. Shumba  [5:36]
    5. Zvarambwa  [11:27]
    6. Nyama musango  [5:02]
    7. audio sampleDangurangu  [23:08]


    CD
    3333

    $20.00
    Mhondoro Mbira Group 2001
    Mhondoro Mbira Group 2001 This first recording of the Mhondoro Mbira Group from the Rwizi area of Mhondoro Communal Area is a tight, all-round fabulous performance that will get you up dancing. Rocking mbira, plenty of singing, crisp hosho and also some makwa (handclapping). The final Bangidza is really special. One extra track, and a longer track 3 in the download edition. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:55]
    1. Dande  [7:49]
    2. audio sampleKari mugomba  [10:48]
    3. Chipembere  [6:00]
    4. Mahororo  [12:28]
    5. Chipindura  [4:22]
    6. Taireva  [10:04]
    7. Muka tiende  [8:26]
    8. audio sampleNyamaropa  [8:24]
    9. Chandasarira "Chisangano"  [6:04]
    10. audio sampleBangidza  [5:00]


    CD
    3339

    $20.00
    Stanley, Norman, Sam & Munyaradzi Mujuru - Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira & Vocals
    Stanley, Norman, Sam & Munyaradzi Mujuru - Dambatsoko Tuning Mbira & Vocals This one is another 'must have' for lovers of the Mujuru family's low, luscious Dambatsoko tuning. Lots of enthusiastic vocals from the four (taking turns with three mbiras) 20- and 30-something year olds of the vast Mujuru clan of mbira players. I once asked an even younger Mujuru mbira player how he decided to play mbira, and he said 'Everyone in my family and all our relatives play mbira...I can't imagine NOT playing.' Recorded 27 April 2001 at Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe by Erica Azim. Musicians: Munyaradzi Mujuru, Stanley Mujuru, Norman Mujuru, Sam Mujuru. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:20]
    1. audio sampleMukazondidana  [9:02]
    2. Mataura here  [8:13]
    3. Mubvumbi  [15:32]
    4. Mawere  [9:00]
    5. Bukatiende 'Dande Guru'  [10:26]
    6. Mutamba  [9:37]
    7. audio sampleNyamaropa yevaNhowe  [17:01]


    TOPCommercial CDs
    (out of print, available only from MBIRA)

    CD
    1001

    $15.00
    Mbira Dreams - Erica Azim 1992
    Mbira Dreams - Erica Azim 1992 Traditional Shona mbira music performed in a meditative style on Dambatsoko, nyamaropa and mavembe/gandanga tuning instruments. Recorded 1992. Musician: Erica Azim.
    1. audio sampleNyamaropa 'Kurara wayi kunetenge kufa' (Dambatsoko tuning) [9:06]
    2. Shumba yaNgwasha (Dambatsoko tuning) [8:37]
    3. Shumba 'Chimbo chewakare' (Dambatsoko tuning) [7:53]
    4. Chipindura (Nyamaropa tuning) [5:49]
    5. audio sampleChakwi (Nyamaropa tuning) [6:49]
    6. audio sampleBangidza (Nyamaropa tuning) [5:15]
    7. Ndomutenda mambo (gandanga/mavembe tuning) [7:40]


    CD
    1002

    $20.00
    Svikiro: Meditations of an Mbira Master - Forward Kwenda (with Erica Azim)
    Svikiro: Meditations of an Mbira Master - Forward Kwenda (with Erica Azim) In Zimbabwe, a savannah land of tall grasses, granite hills and acacia trees, rain is of paramount importance. The svikiro is a human keeper of a spirit which has the power to provide or withhold rain from the land. In his early teens, Forward Kwenda was selected by these rainmaking spirits to sing and play the ancient mbira dzavadzimu at ceremonies. A self-taught, intuitive musical prodigy, Forward was in constant demand to perform and record within two years of starting to play the mbira. 'When I pick up my mbira, I don't know what is going to happen..he music just goes by itself, taking me higher and higher until I can end up crying because the music is so much greater than a human being can understand.' This is the first Forward Kwenda CD; Erica Azim plays with Forward on some cuts. CD only. (Shanachie) Musicians: Forward Kwenda, Erica Azim. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe, Nyamaropa, Nemakonde.
    1. audio sampleKanhurura (Forward Kwenda) (gandanga/mavembe tuning) [5:19]
    2. Gonamombe rerume (Forward Kwenda, Erica Azim) (gandanga/mavembe tuning) [5:58]
    3. audio sampleZvichapera chete (Forward Kwenda) (gandanga/mavembe tuning) [6:38]
    4. audio sampleChipembere nhimutimu (Forward Kwenda) (gandanga/mavembe tuning)
    5. audio sampleTadzungaira (Forward Kwenda) (gandanga/mavembe tuning)
    6. Chipembere (Forward Kwenda, Erica Azim) (Nemakonde tuning)
    7. Mukai tiende (Forward Kwenda, Erica Azim) (Nemakonde tuning)
    8. Mandarendare (Forward Kwenda) (gandanga/mavembe tuning) [5:36]
    9. Chipindura (Forward Kwenda, Erica Azim) (Nyamaropa tuning) [5:34]
    10. Mahororo (Forward Kwenda, Erica Azim) (Nyamaropa tuning) [6:23]
    11. Chidhangechidhange (Forward Kwenda) (gandanga/mavembe tuning) [4:41]


    CD
    1004

    $5.00
    Trance 3 CD: Forward Kwenda on a mountaintop, Zen shakuhachi, Tembang Sunda from West Java
    Trance 3 CD: Forward Kwenda on a mountaintop, Zen shakuhachi, Tembang Sunda from West Java Forward Kwenda playing Tadzungaira and Gonamombe Rerume on a mountaintop in Mhondoro at sunset (23 minutes). Completely transcendent. A soaring of the spirit! The balance of the CD is Japanese shakuhachi and Tembang Sunda music of West Java - the compilation of the three works amazingly well. CD only. (Ellipsis Arts) Musician: Forward Kwenda.


    CD
    1005

    $15.00
    Mbira: Healing Music of Zimbabwe
    Mbira: Healing Music of Zimbabwe Erica Azim plays low pitched mbiras (Dambatsoko and Nemakonde tunings) in a meditative style intended for healing. Musician: Erica Azim. Tuning: Dambatsoko, Nemakonde.

    Side A

    1. audio sampleKariga mombe yekare  [7:43]
    2. Mukai tiende  [11:57]
    3. Nyamaropa  [12:44]
    4. Dangurangu  [4:03]
    5. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe  [6:59]
    6. Taireva  [5:55]
    7. audio sampleNyama musango  [10:42]


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    (in print)

    CD
    1009

    $20.00
    Mama's Lullaby CD - Lullabies from Mothers Around the World (including one on mbira with Erica Azim)
    A collection of lullabies from all over the world, sung by mothers. One is an mbira song with Erica Azim. (Ellipsis Arts) Musician: Erica Azim.


    TOPMbira Piece Intensives
    (Downloads & CD format - digital and remastered analog recordings available only from MBIRA)
    Mbira Piece Intensives are collections of many recordings of the same traditional Shona mbira piece, including solos, duets, and group performances. The intention of the Piece Intensives is to help the mbira student to develop a feel for what the mbira piece s/he is learning should sound like. This is particularly important for the non-Shona mbira student, who has not grown up hearing the piece.

    CD
    3900

    $20.00
    Kariga mombe Mbira Piece Intensive
    Kariga mombe Mbira Piece Intensive Solo, duet and group performances. Kariga mombe ('Undefeatable', literally, 'One who can knock cattle to the ground') is traditionally the first piece a Shona mbira student learns from the over 1,000- year old repertoire played in ceremonies. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 75:48]


    CD
    3901

    $20.00
    Kuzanga Mbira Piece Intensive
    Kuzanga Mbira Piece Intensive Kuzanga is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. One meaning of the song is 'to live happily and free from fear.' Some of the lyrics refer to the scene when a bride is brought to the groom's village for the first time. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 78:15]


    CD
    3902

    $20.00
    Nhema Musasa 2003 Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nhema Musasa 2003 Mbira Piece Intensive Nhema musasa is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies -- perhaps the most popular mbira song in Zimbabwe! The title means 'building a temporary shelter.' Enjoy these excerpts from new 2003 recordings made in Zimbabwe. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:46]


    CD
    3903

    $20.00
    Nyama musango Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nyama musango Mbira Piece Intensive Nyama musango ('Meat in the forest') is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. One translation of the lyrics 'Chinzvenga mutsvairo' ('One who dodges the broom') is 'Don't sit around where women are sweeping, go out and make something of your life...if you want something, go get it, don't wait for it to come to you.' Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 76:14]


    CD
    3904

    $20.00
    Nyamaropa Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nyamaropa Mbira Piece Intensive Nyamaropa is one of the oldest pieces of the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies - a deep and beautiful song. One interpretation of the title (literally 'meat and blood') is that it refers to the most ancient human ancestors, who ate raw meat and offered raw meat and millet beer to their ancestors by placing them under a tree. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:23]


    CD
    3905

    $20.00
    Taireva Mbira Piece Intensive
    Taireva Mbira Piece Intensive Taireva ('We used to tell you') is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. The meaning of the song implies that good advice was not followed, and now the unfortunate results are being seen. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:36]


    CD
    3906

    $20.00
    Dande Mbira Piece Intensive
    Dande Mbira Piece Intensive Dande is a piece from the 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. The title refers to an area in the far north of Zimbabwe, renowned as a source of salt, and as the birthplace of the spirit Nehanda. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 76:32]


    CD
    3907

    $20.00
    Mahororo - Mbira Piece Intensive
    Mahororo - Mbira Piece Intensive Mahororo is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. Meanings of the title include 'Freedom following victorious struggle', 'Baboons' voices', and 'The place where baboons play'. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:56]


    CD
    3908

    $20.00
    Shumba - Vol. 1: Nyamaropa Tuning Mbira Piece Intensive
    Shumba - Vol. 1: Nyamaropa Tuning Shumba is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. While shumba literally means 'lion', the piece also refers to the ancient tribal guardian spirits known as mhondoro, which sometimes reside in lions. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:01]


    CD
    3909

    $20.00
    Muka tiende, Bukatiende, Mukai tiende Mbira Piece Intensive
    Muka tiende, Bukatiende, Mukai tiende Muka tiende, also known as Bukatiende and Mukai tiende, is an ancient Shona mbira piece played in ceremonies. The name means 'Wake up, let's go!' This piece is often played in the hours before dawn at an all-night ceremony, to encourage the participants to stay awake, and to bring the spirits one more time before the ceremony ends. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:32]


    CD
    3910

    $20.00
    Chipindura Mbira Piece Intensive
    Chipindura Mbira Piece Intensive Chipindura is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. The meaning of the song refers to change, and advocating for change, in a variety of contexts. It may be used to change the mood at a bira (spirit possession) ceremony. Tuning: Nyamaropa.


    CD
    3911

    $20.00
    Shumba yaNgwasha/Shumba yemukuwasha Mbira Piece Intensive
    Shumba yaNgwasha/Shumba yemukuwasha Mbira Piece Intensive Shumba yaNgwasha, or Shumba yemukuwasha, is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played at ceremonies. The meaning of the song refers to a son-in-law or brother-in-law who works very hard. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 66:53]


    CD
    3913

    $20.00
    Muzoriwa/Chigamba Mbira Piece Intensive
    Muzoriwa/Chigamba Mbira Piece Intensive Muzoriwa, also known as Chigamba, is an ancient Shona mbira piece played in ceremonies. The name Muzoriwa implies "When accused, a person should be considered innocent until proven guilty." The piece is sometimes called Chigamba ("Patch", as in patched clothing), because of the typical lyrics "Chigamba chinoda wakura", literally "A patch wants an old person". This teaches that patched clothing is for the elderly, not for the able-bodied who should work hard and provide for themselves. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 75:03]


    CD
    3914

    $20.00
    Bangidza Mbira Piece Intensive
    Bangidza Mbira Piece Intensive Bangidza is a piece from the 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. The title means 'show, indicate, point out'. [Total time: 79:41]


    CD
    3915

    $20.00
    Nhema musasa yepasi Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nhema musasa yepasi Mbira Piece Intensive Nhema musasa yepasi is a piece from the 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. Nhema musasa means 'cutting (branches to build a) temporary shelter'. Nhema musasa yepasi is described as a more relaxed version of the piece to be played when the spirit comes to the ceremony, to calm the spirit. However, it is quite different from the piece Nhema musasa. [Total time: 79:49]


    CD
    3916

    $20.00
    Mbavarira Mbira Piece Intensive
    Mbavarira Mbira Piece Intensive Mbavarira is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. Mbavarira means ‘determination’, and the piece is played in many tunings. Most of this collection is in mavembe, also known as gandanga, tuning. However, track 10 is in nyamaropa tuning, and track 4 in nemakonde tuning. [Total time: 79:45]


    CD
    3917

    $20.00
    Marenje Mbira Piece Intensive
    Marenje Mbira Piece Intensive Marenje is a piece from the 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. Meanings of marenje include 'a ceremony to pray for rain' and 'wilderness' (a place where ancient spirits may be found). Tuning: gandanga/mavembe. [Total time: 78:55]


    CD
    3918

    $20.00
    Ngozi yemuroora Mbira Piece Intensive
    Ngozi yemuroora Mbira Piece Intensive Ngozi yemuroora ('the revengeful spirit of the daughter-in-law') is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. In traditional Shona culture, a woman goes to her husband's village to live forever, after marriage, and must obey her mother-in-law. The name of this song refers to a wife who is treated so badly by her mother-in-law that she dies and then comes back as a revengeful spirit seeking justice. Though this name for the piece is used by the Chigamba family, it is called other names by other musicians. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 74:34]


    CD
    3919

    $20.00
    Tadzungaira – Nyamaropa Tuning – Mbira Piece Intensive
    Tadzungaira – Nyamaropa Tuning – Mbira Piece Intensive Tadzungaira (”We’re confused and suffering”) is a traditional Shona mbira piece played in ceremonies, praying to the ancestors for an end to suffering. The song is also commonly called Todzungaira, Ndodzungaira, Muroro, Vamuroro, Hondo, and Nehondo. This collection features performances of the piece in nyamaropa tuning, though track 4 is in nyamaropa dongonda tuning. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:52]


    CD
    3920

    $20.00
    Bembero Mbira Piece Intensive
    Bembero Mbira Piece Intensive Bembero is an ancient Shona mbira piece played in ceremonies. The name, translated as' Happiness of celebration', is derived from the verb kupembera 'to dance with joy, exult, rejoice'. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 79:27]


    CD
    3921

    $20.00
    Nyamaropa Chipembere Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nyamaropa Chipembere Mbira Piece Intensive Nyamaropa chipembere is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. One of the most ancient and respected mbira pieces, it is also called by some Nhimura, Nyamaropa, or Nyamaropa huru. 12 tracks. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:48]


    CD
    3923

    $20.00
    Kariga mombe -- Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira Piece Intensive
    Kariga mombe -- Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning This Mbira Piece Intensive presents Kariga mombe in gandanga, also known as mavembe, tuning. This 2005 update includes 3 new tracks. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 66:48]


    CD
    3924

    $20.00
    Nhema musasa – Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nhema musasa – Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning    Mbira Piece Intensive Nhema musasa (”Chop [branches to make] a temporary shelter”) is a traditional Shona song played in ceremonies and at other occasions. This collection includes perfomances of the piece in mavembe, also known as gandanga, tuning. Enjoy listening to the complex and diverse styles of the piece! Tuning: Mavembe/Gandanga. [Total time: 79:59]


    CD
    3925

    $20.00
    Muka tiende/Bukatiende/Mukai tiende - Vol. 2: Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira Piece Intensive
    Muka tiende/Bukatiende/Mukai tiende - Vol. 2: Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira Piece Intensive Muka tiende, also known as Bukatiende and Mukai tiende, is an ancient Shona mbira piece played in ceremonies. The name means 'Wake up, let's go!' This piece is often played in the hours before dawn at an all-night ceremony, to encourage the participants to stay awake, and to bring the spirits one more time before the ceremony ends. This collection includes versions played in mavembe, also known as gandanga, tuning. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 78:42]


    CD
    3926

    $20.00
    Mutamba Vol 1: Nyamaropa tuning (including Dambatsoko tuning) Mbira Piece Intensive
    Mutamba Vol 1: Nyamaropa tuning (including Dambatsoko tuning) Mutamba ('Wild Orange Tree' - Strychnos spinosa) is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. It is believed that, in ancient times, when a starving person prayed to the ancestors at this tree, food and water would miraculously appear. [Total time: 79:52]


    CD
    3927

    $20.00
    Mutamba Vol. 2 - Various Tunings Mbira Piece Intensive
    Mutamba  Vol. 2 - Various Tunings This collection includes gandanga/mavembe, nemakonde, nyuchi samsengere, and saungweme tunings. See Mutamba Vol. 1 (MBI 3926) for nyamaropa tuning versions. [Total time: 76:21]


    CD
    3928

    $20.00
    Nyama musango: Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nyama musango: Mavembe/Gandanga Tuning Mbira Piece Intensive Nyama musango ('Meat in the forest') is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. One translation of the lyrics 'Chinzvenga mutsvairo' ('One who dodges the broom') is 'Don't sit around where women are sweeping, go out and make something of your life...if you want something, go get it, don't wait for it to come to you.' This collection includes variants of mavembe, also known as gandanga, tuning only. MBIRA CD 3903 includes nyamaropa tuning versions of the piece. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 75:57]


    CD
    3929

    $20.00
    Taireva yekare (aka Taireva Gorekore, Taireva yepasi, Kusuva musha, etc.) Mbira Piece Intensive
    Taireva yekare (aka Taireva Gorekore, Taireva yepasi, Kusuva musha, etc.) Taireva ye kare is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. The title means 'the version of 'We used to tell you' from long ago'. The piece is called by various other names, including Taireva yepasi, Taireva Gorekore, Gorekore, Kusuva musha, Mutegamutega, and Taireva yaasiya mwana kumakura. Various tunings. [Total time: 72:29]


    CD
    3931

    $20.00
    Nyamaropa yevaNhowe/Pamusoro peNhowe Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nyamaropa yevaNhowe/Pamusoro peNhowe Nyamaropa yevaNhowe is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. Nyamaropa yevaNhowe means "Nyamaropa (one of the most ancient mbira pieces, which has many versions) of the Nhowe clan." An alternate version of the name, Pamusoro peNhowe, means "On top of Nhowe", a hill in the area where the Nhowe clan live. The piece is primarily played in Dambatsoko tuning, the tuning played by the Mujuru family and their associates. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 77:11]


    CD
    3932

    $20.00
    Chakwi Mbira Piece Intensive
    Chakwi Mbira Piece Intensive Chakwi is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. Chakwi, Chaakwi, or Machakwi, is variously translated as a marsh or marshy area, the sound of walking in a marsh, or a duck. Tuning: nyamaropa, Dambatsoko. [Total time: 78:19]


    CD
    3933

    $20.00
    Chipembere Mbira Piece Intensive
    Chipembere Mbira Piece Intensive Chipembere ('Rhinoceros') is a piece from the 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. This album includes the version played on gandanga/mavembe tuning only. Tuning: Gandanga/Mavembe. [Total time: 79:44]


    CD
    3934

    $20.00
    Baya wabaya (aka Nyama yekugocha, Mukazondidana) Mbira Piece Intensive
    Baya wabaya (aka Nyama yekugocha, Mukazondidana) Mbira Piece Intensive Baya wabaya (lit. 'Stab after stab') is a very important song in traditional Shona culture: it is required during kurova guva, the ceremony held about one year after a person's death to bring his/her spirit back to the family and community. Historically, it was also used to encourage fighters, and still has that encouraging role today at soccer games. The song's function at kurova guva is similar, encouraging the spirit to have the great strength required to return to participation in the world. 13 tracks. Tuning: nyamaropa, Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:44]


    CD
    3935

    $20.00
    Nyuchi Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nyuchi Mbira Piece Intensive Nyuchi (”Bees”) is a traditional Shona song played in ceremonies and at other occasions. This collection includes perfomances of the piece in nyamaropa (track 3), mavembe/gandanga (tracks 1,2.7,8,9,10,11), nemakonde (track 5), and muchenje dongonda (track 4) tunings. Tute Chigamba tells a story, “Long ago, there was a man who was traveling to a place where he was afraid he could be attacked. He took a mukombe (gourd ladle) and filled it with bees, stuffing cloth in the opening to keep them inside. As he traveled, he was actually attacked. He released the bees, and his attackers ran away while being stung!” [Total time: 79:45]


    CD
    3938

    $20.00
    Shumba yatubwete Mbira Piece Intensive
    Shumba yatubwete Mbira Piece Intensive Shumba yatubwete ('the non-violent lion') is a piece from the 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. In traditional Shona culture, a lion which behaves in a peaceful, helpful way is one which houses a powerful tribal guardian spirit, a mhondoro. [Total time: 66:15]


    CD
    3939

    $20.00
    Shumba Vol. 2: Various Tunings Mbira Piece Intensive
    Shumba Vol. 2: Various Tunings Shumba is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. Shumba literally means 'lion', and also refers to the ancient tribal guardian spirits known as mhondoro, which sometimes reside in lions. This collection includes mavembe (aka gandanga), katsanzaira, and other related tunings (nyamaropa tuning is presented in Vol. 1). [Total time: 79:32]


    CD
    3940

    $20.00
    Vasina katura Mbira Piece Intensive
    Vasina katura Mbira Piece Intensive Vasina katura is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. the title means 'the ones who don't have a granary', i.e. the ones who have no food. Tuning: gandanga/mavembe. [Total time: 58:58]


    CD
    3941

    $20.00
    Shanje Mbira Piece Intensive
    Shanje Shanje ('Jealousy'), also known as Chandidi ('The one I love') and Tsikidzi nedovi ('Tsetse fly with peanut butter'), is a traditional Shona mbira piece about jealousy between wives in a polygamous family, and is used to call female spirits. The lyrics popular in modern times (included in the CD notes) are those of the late Thomas 'Sekuru Gora' Wadharwa, an mbira player who was extremely popular for singing hilarious lyrics with a straight face. 12 versions of the piece, in 4 tunings, are included. [Total time: 68:43]


    CD
    3942

    $20.00
    Dangurangu Mbira Piece Intensive
    Dangurangu Mbira Piece Intensive Dangurangu is a piece from the 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. A wide variety of meanings are ascribed to the name of this piece, including "a song to celebrate a real chief chosen by the spirits," "a big goal to save and pray for, little by little," and "telling someone something, but he can't understand and keeps arguing." This collection includes 13 tracks in nyamaropa, gandanga/mavembe, katsanzaira, and other tunings, ranging from 1962 to 2009. [Total time: 79:28]


    CD
    3944

    $20.00
    Kariga mombe - Nyamaropa Tuning Vol. 2 Mbira Piece Intensive
    Kariga mombe - Nyamaropa Tuning Vol. 2 Kariga mombe ("Undefeatable", literally "One who can knock cattle to the ground") is traditionally the first piece a Shona mbira student learns from the over 1,000-year old repertoire played in ceremonies. This second collection of recordings of this piece in nyamaropa tuning (the first is CD 3900) features many tracks with hosho (gourd rattles), and a wide variety of different vocals, as well as widely varying mbira styles. For mavembe (also known as gandanga) tuning versions of the piece, listen to CD 3923. Tuning: Nyamaropa. [Total time: 77:05]


    CD
    3945

    $20.00
    Imbwa Yangu Machena Mbira Piece Intensive
    Imbwa Yangu Machena Mbira Piece Intensive Imbwa Yangu Machena is a traditional Shona song used to call "mashave ekuvhima", hunting spirits that help one to get what one needs in life. The song title literally means My Dog "White Dog", although some say it refers to a white hunting dog, and others say it refers to a black and white spotted hunting dog. Tracks 1 and 2 are village singing groups; track 4 is njari (another type of Shona mbira) and singers; and all other tracks are mbira, with and without singing. Because Imbwa Yangu Machena is a vocal song, each mbira player arranges it on the instrument quite differently. May you find all you need in life! [Total time: 73:21]


    CD
    3946

    $20.00
    Masangano Mbira Piece Intensive
    Masangano Mbira Piece Intensive Masangano (”Crossroads”) is a traditional Shona song that is widely played by the Mujuru family and their friends, in ceremonies and at other occasions. In 1998, when recording track 1, Fradreck Mujuru said “I dreamed a black rain cloud coming to earth, then it turned into my grandfather Muchatera, telling me to play Masangano...it has been my favorite song ever since.” Tuning: Dambatsoko and nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:41]


    CD
    3948

    $20.00
    Nyamaropa yavana vaMushonga Mbira Piece Intensive
    Nyamaropa yavana vaMushonga Mbira Piece Intensive Nyamaropa yavana vaMushonga (”The version of Nyamaropa played by Mushonga’s children”) is one of the many variants of the ancient mbira piece Nyamaropa that are played in ceremonies by the large extended Mujuru family of mbira players and their associates. This piece was indroduced to international audiences by the solo performance of Muchatera Mujuru on the 1970’s album The Soul of Mbira. This collection includes 11 perfomances of the piece in Dambatsoko tuning, but it may also be played in nyamaropa tuning. Tuning: Dambatsoko. [Total time: 79:53]


    CD
    3952

    $20.00
    Chigwaya Mbira Piece Intensive
    Chigwaya Mbira Piece Intensive Chigwaya is a piece from the over 1,000-year old Shona mbira repertoire played in ceremonies. It is specifically played in shave ceremonies to call njuzu (mermaid) spirits, believed to bring health, wealth, and powers of prophecy. Those with njuzu spirits are often herbalists. Chigwaya literally means bream, a type of fish, but symbolizes the mermaid. The song repeats “It plays in its river”, implying joy and delight in a time of plenty. This collection includes recordings from 1976 to 2014. [Total time: 72:28]


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