...you see, I had never touched an African instrument until I landed in Zimbabwe in 2002. Little did I know how much my life was about to change.
Mbira Spirit consists of artists and educators Amy Matamba from Vancouver Island, Canada and Tafadzwa Matamba from Magunje, Zimbabwe. In this feature, readers will find out how their paths met, and learn about their social vision and inspiring achievements.
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.
I was part of a group in Cape Town that began working with African musicians and dancers in 1986 during the apartheid years. Suddenly our frustration and despair with the condition in South Africa shifted into a highly charged creative activism.