Taireva, Nhemamusasa, Nyamaropa… These are all pieces in the repertoire of the mbira that is said to consist of several hundred songs. But what makes an mbira song? An mbira… Continue reading "Somgs and song families"
The polyphony and polyrhythms resulting from interlocking parts really come alive when two mbiras are played together. The different paths the two mbiras take—referred to as kushaura (“to lead” or “to start”)… Continue reading "Kushaura/kutsinhira"
pattern Mbira songs are cyclical. The cyclical pattern for the most common type of mbira song is 48 pulses or beats in length. Nhemamusasa — kushaura — one cycle The… Continue reading "Aspects of mbira"
the sound of mbira Describing a musical instrument by its physical characteristics hardly communicates its special qualities, any more than trying to communicate the taste of an orange by describing… Continue reading "The sound of mbira"