Song of the Month

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.