First Mbira Lessons: Kariga Mombe 1


Available as DVD or download

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MBIRA’s Student Series is designed for use by those learning to play traditional Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe. This set of video mbira lessons intended as a first introduction to playing the instrument. Enjoy going at your own pace.

These lessons teach basic parts to the classic Shona piece Kariga Mombe (‘Undefeatable’, literally ‘One who can throw a bull to the ground’).

The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (lowest note around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.

You can download the videos one at a time, or all at once, but please complete downloading within 14 days of purchase before your access expires. Also available as a DVD.


  1. Introduction to mbira
  2. Hearing mbira
  3. Holding mbira
  4. Kariga mombe kushaura (1st part)
  5. Kariga mombe kutsinhira (2nd part)
  6. Combining kushaura and kutsinhira
  7. Adding finger keys
  8. Kariga mombe solo performance
  9. Mbira octave chart (DVD only)
  10. Bonus audio tracks to practice together with (DVD only)
  11. Text: mbira info and pointers for students (DVD only)

Additional information

Title First Mbira Lessons: Kariga Mombe 1
SKU video-35100
Product Format

DVD, Download