Articles tagged 'mbira'

Mbira stars mark Africa Day 25 May 2017 HARARE - Several mbira musicians who include Bryn “Sekurutau” Mteki and Nyamasvisva and Maungira Enharira will share the stage tonight at the City Sports Bar. The gig, dubbed Afribbean Nights, will also feature Zvido Zvavanhu and the Traditional Dance Ensemble. City Sports Bar manager Mathi...
Zim star popularises Shona music in US 14 May 2017 HARARE - United States of America-based Zimbabwean singer and instrumentalist, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, regards herself as an ambassador of Shona music. Tanyaradzwa, who attracted international attention last year after coming second in the University of Kentucky-hosted Alltech Vocal Scholarship ...
Teacher produces mbira handbook 15 February 2017 HARARE - St. Giles Special School teacher Trust Mutekwa, better known as Teacher Muzavazi, has produced a mbira book as part of his attempts to popularise and preserve the cultural musical instrument. The book titled Nyunga Mbira Handbook will be launched on March 11 at the Alliance Francaise....
All-female mbira group to drop album 1 February 2017 HARARE - Shai Shai, a band comprising songbirds Rumbidzai Tavaziwa, Prudence Katomeni Mbofana, Benita Tarupiwa and Joyce Warikandwa, will launch their debut album in April. The all-female group is a result of a partnership between Semopa, a South African music company led by jazz legend Hugh “...
Nyamasvisva promises mbira treat 8 December 2016 HARARE - Mbira star Wilfred Tichaona Mafrika, popularly known as Nyamasvisva, will feature in the Mbira Acoustix Night set for Chez Zandi-Bistro and Wine bar on Saturday. The show is a Mbiravolution concert organised by the Legacy Trust in collaboration with ATH Audio Productions. Nyamasvis...
Masike releases swanky video 19 February 2016 HARARE - Mbira star Hope Masike has released a video for her hit Ndinewe just a week after winning the 2015 National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) Video of the Year gong for the song Huyai Tinamate. The Ndinewe video, directed by Charles Maungwa, who also did the Nama-winning video for Huyai Tinama...
Dzimbanhete hosts mbira bash 13 February 2016 HARARE - Tonight more than 20 mbira groups will descend on Dzimbanhete Arts Village on the outskirts of Harare for what the organisers have described as a “special mbira extravaganza.” The show, which has been dubbed “Mbira pilgrimage 2”, will be held in a traditional mbira village set-up in a...
My success scares away suitors: Hope 21 January 2016 HARARE - Mbira songstress Hope Masike has revealed that she believes her success as a musician scares away any male potential suitor and as such she remains single. In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily News, the singer said love has been eluding her and she would not disclose how old she...
Mbira artist releases second album 3 February 2015 HARARE - Netherlands-based young mbira artiste Vimbai Zimuto will launch her second album Kure Kwemeso at the Book Café on Thursday. Vimbai’s 14-year history in music includes participation in Zimbabwe Music Crossroads, Pamberi Trust’s Flame Literary Arts and Music Enterprise (Flame) and a thr...
'Mbira should be taught in schools' 27 September 2014 HARARE - It is mbira month and I am at the mbira centre with its founder and director Albert Chimedza. Amidst his busy schedule he has kindly agreed to have a quick chat about his work at the centre. When I ask him to start by sharing what this sacred instrument means to him, he is very quick ...
Posthumous honour for Chiwoniso 24 July 2014 HARARE - Late mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire will be the first artiste to be inducted into the Book Café Hall of Fame tonight. Chiwoniso's posthumous honour, which comes exactly a year after her death at the age of 37, has been made possible by the Book Café and Pamberi Trust. To celebrate the o...
Ambuya Chiweshe to sign off tonight 5 July 2014 HARARE - Mbira legend Stella Chiweshe will make her final performance in Zimbabwe at the Book Café tonight before flying back to her German base. Ambuya Chiweshe will share the stage with Vibe Culture— the late Chiwoniso Maraire’s backing band which is now under the leadership of Rumbi Tavaziv...
Vibe Culture, Mawungira share Book Café stage 4 October 2013 HARARE - Top Zimbabwean mbira ensemble Mawungira eNharira will on Friday night unite with one of Harare's most legendary bands Vibe Culture, for an electric night of mbira music. Led by Nyamasvisva, Mawungira eNharira are Zimbabwe's reigning mbira ensemble with a fearsome reputation for making...
Tributes pour in for Chiwoniso 26 July 2013 HARARE - Songbird Chiwoniso Maraire has passed on. Yes, just like that! The mbira music star, 37, died on Wednesday evening at the CitiMed Hospital in Chitungwiza after being admitted with a suspected pneumonia infection. Chiwoniso had been admitted at the hospital for the last 10 days and was aw...
RIP rebel woman 26 July 2013 HARARE - Mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire s sudden death on Wednesday night has plunged Zimbabwe into mourning with fellow artistes and fans struggling to come to terms with the loss of a music icon. Chiwoniso (37) died of suspected pneumonia at CitiMed Hospital in Chitungwiza. She leaves behind two ...
America-based singer returns to Book Cafe 12 July 2013 HARARE – Highly-rated singer and mbira player Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa has the perfect chance to justify the hype around her when she performs at the Book Café Saturday evening. Tawengwa will headline the popular Sistaz Open Mic Platform in a special performance entitled “Songs of Freedom”. The...
Chiweshe unpacks mbira tradition 29 June 2013 HARARE - Music legend Ambuya Stella Chiweshe really means it when she says the mbira is much more than a powerful traditional music instrument. Her long stay in Germany has not detached arguably Zimbabwe's most celebrated female mbira player from the Shona culture she prides in. The recent ...
Zim's celebrated female bassists 8 April 2013 HARARE - While the numbers of Zimbabwean female musicians continue to grow, female bassists remain a rare breed in this country. In a recent interview with the Daily News on Sunday one of the country s celebrated female mbira players Hope Masike poured praise on musician Edith weUtonga for playin...