What’s it about?
Have you met a small instrument with metal tines called a thumb piano or kalimba that seemed like a toy?
The real mbira looks similar but is an instrument and gorgeous, serious, deep musical tradition that has been played by the Shona people in Zimbabwe for more than 1,000 years.
This mystical and complex music is been used to heal both physical and mental illness, facilitate communication with ancestors, for personal meditation, and in celebrations of many kinds. You’ll learn all about it, and can learn more at https://mbira.org/what-is-mbira/.
In this talk, Erica will share with us
1. What is this musical instrument and its role in Zimbabwe culture
2. Musicians who play Mbira in Zimbabwe
3. Her personal journey with this musical instrument
4. The current challenges for the heritage and for the musicians
Who’s telling the story?
Erica Azim is a Californian who fell in love with mbira music as a teenager, went to Zimbabwe to learn, has been playing Zimbabwean mbira music for over 45 years, and has toured teaching and performing with some of Zimbabwe’s top mbira masters.
Erica is passionate about sharing mbira music with people around the world and encouraging them to help her support traditional musicians and instrument makers in Zimbabwe through her non-profit organization (NGO) at https://mbira.org. You can learn more about her at https://mbira.org/about-us/erica-azim/.
MBIRA Facebook page – Follow the music!
YouTube Channel – Listen to the music!