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.
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.
November 2015 : This month we're giving away a copy of Kumusha. Recorded in 2014, this album features musicians William Chitauro, Kennedy Chinyere and Prince Mandere. Recorded in Chiriseri and mixed/produced in the UK by Mike Parnell.
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).
October 2015 : This month we're giving away a copy of Tekhaudi Dékau by Toumaranke. Simply comment on any news post at MbiraMagic.Com to enter. Visit now for features on leading mbira artists, unique mbira products, Free resources and more...
Finally, our doors are open, and it's time to hear from the world's top mbira figures, access some great mbira resources and share your journey with the international mbira community.
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.
Inspired by advent calendars at Christmas, we shared a series of countdown images to promote our launch in Mbira Month (September) 2015. Each day, we moved to a different note on this special 25-key mbira and revealed something new about MbiraMagic.Com