Launch : New mbira product range + 30% price reduction!

Launch : New mbira product range + 30% price reduction!

Our funky new designs (and old favourites) are now available across a massive range of products including bags, skirts, notebooks, mugs, stickers and T-shirts. There's something here for every mbira enthusiast. We're also using a new store front with lower prices (up to 30% cheaper than ever before), ethically resourced fabrics and international postage.

Song of the Month : Jarabi Variations ・ November 2015

Song of the Month : Jarabi Variations ・ November 2015

This month, we take a song example from the book Unlocking Mbira and introduce an additional funky bassline variation. 'Jarabi' is a love song from West Africa, often played on the Kora. This lesson includes video of Toumani Diabate explaining and layering different parts of the song (bassline, melody and improvisation). An equally phenomenal musician, Derek Gripper performs this and a variety of other kora (21 string) pieces on guitar (6 string!) - video also included. 

Song of the Month : Chaminuka 1 ・ October 2015

Song of the Month : Chaminuka 1 ・ October 2015

Hey folks. This month we look at a variation of Chaminuka for Mbira Dza VaDzimu - with accompanying Tab (PDF), Audio and Video. The audio track includes a few slight variations - particularly in the right hand. For support and inspiration, we've included four videos of Chaminuka being played on Mbira Dza VaDzimu, and a special version on Njari by Phillip Nangle. 

Introducing... Andy Fowler

Introducing... Andy Fowler

I set up Mbira Magic in September 2015 to provide a platform for my mbira books, and to inspire and support mbira enthusiasts around the world to create and share their own great mbira products/resources. Visitors enjoy our series of special Nzira Ye Mbira (Path of Mbira) features, on, and by leading mbira figures, regular competitions and a variety of opportunities to Get Involved with our development. We also raise funds to support music and arts projects in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. 

Nzira Ye Mbira : B Michael Williams

Nzira Ye Mbira : B Michael Williams

Many of our readers will be familiar with the work of Michael Williams. In this feature, we join him on a passionate journey that started almost thirty years ago. Let’s walk through time together and find out where it all began, what he has achieved with the instrument, and how his books and free resources are helping mbira players around the world.