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    About the Catalog

    Welcome to MBIRA's searchable catalog! Find that special mbira CD/Download you are longing for - search by group format (ex. two mbiras no vocals), tuning (ex. nyamaropa tuning), musician(s), and/or any word in the mbira piece name or album title. The catalog now also includes mbiras, MBIRA t-shirts and ebony sculpture of mbira players, as well as recordings. The latest additions to the online catalog are mbira accessories (fiberglass dezes, thumbpicks, mbira bubble zipbags, bangles) and instructional DVDs.

    You have the choice of paying for catalog items by check or US$ money order, or by credit card via a direct Paypal connection during the order process.

    The MBIRA Recordings Library includes field recordings in Zimbabwe spanning several decades, many of which are very high quality recordings.

    ***All proceeds over costs go to the Zimbabwean musicians on the recordings, so PLEASE do not copy them for others. The proceeds of CD/Download sales are contributing to the support of extended families of over 220 traditional musicians throughout Zimbabwe. Trust us that almost all of the musicians on these recordings are poorer than your poorest friend - one musician was homeless and living under a truck when we paid him. When you pay for one CD/Download, that money provides food for a rural Zimbabwean musician's family for a month!

    Mbira Piece Intensives for mbira students include many performances of the same mbira piece, gathered from the entire MBIRA Recordings Library. Listening to these collections helps the non-Shona mbira student to compensate for not having heard the mbira piece for many years, before learning it...and supports a variety of musicians with one CD/Download purchase!

    MBIRA, Box 7863, Berkeley, CA 94707-0863, USA, tel (510) 548-6053, email info@mbira.org