In this second post, I reflect on my workshop content, method and the feedback I received.
Summer has just come to an end and I'm grateful to be left with some magical mbira memories. Here's some background to my journey this year, and a gallery of photos from the workshops I led. In part 2, you can find out more about what I taught and how it was received...
New to composing? Looking for fresh licks and ideas? Or just fancy picking up a handful of free tunes? This short, refreshing and fun guide will open up new creative directions for you on your mbira journey (suitable for all abilities). Let's get started!
"An accessible, innovative and important addition to mbira literature". Find out what sets this book apart from other traditional Shona song books, view sample pages and check out reviews from academics, recording artists and enthusiasts around the world.
This month we offer three new variations for bangiza / bangidza. Inspired by the beautiful songs of Fungai Gahadzikwa and Luken Pasipamire.
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.
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.
The must-have book for all mbira players, Unlocking Mbira is now available to buy. Check out our quick overview, example pages and reviews (academic and customer).