Visit the Mbira Magic Shop for our first book, Unlocking Mbira and some great resources from other publishers. We are looking forward to sharing Fungai Gahadzikwa's Mbira Song Book there in a few months.
Check out our selection of FREE books available for immediate download here, or read more about the Composing for Mbira book/audio pack (included).
MBIRA THEORY SERIES
Coming soon... a series of posts that will explore the structure of traditional mbira music. Look out for announcements in our newsletter.
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There's masses of useful information here. The advanced papers are quite analytical, take your time, and come back when you're ready for more. Something missing? Let us know.
For Teachers in Schools
- Mbiras, Marimbas, and You: Zimbabwean Music for the General Music Classroom Sarah J. Bartolome
- The Game of Mbira Adrian Wagner
The Soul of Mbira Twenty Years On: A Retrospect John Chernoff
"Mbira" N. Scott Robinson - Note: this article contains an exhaustive bibliography and discography
Rattletree Matepe Forum - Joel Laviolette's forum contains a wealth of useful information for Matepe and Mbira enthusiasts alike. 'The Matepe Mbira Music of Rhodesia' below is an example of the great content you can find there.
- Fractal Geometries of an African Music
Phantom Patterns (interview)