Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murehwa, Zimbabwe, in 1970. He began playing mbira at the age of five and is self-taught. Through listening to other gwenyambira, or great mbira players, he developed a strong attachment to and love for mbira music. He says, “Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people. Mbira pleases both the living and the dead.” Musekiwa is an excellent singer, dancer and drummer and plays both mbira dzavadzimu and nyunga nyunga. In this workshop, Musekiwa will teach a beginning-intermediate level nyunga-nyunga or mbira dzavadzimu song based on the experience and preferences of students. Please bring your nyunga-nyunga or mbira dzavadzimu if you have one, but instruments will also be provided (please indicate when registering if you’ll need one). Time permitting, students will also learn singing and hosho to go with the song we learn.
Private lessons are also available following the workshop – please email email@example.com.
Concert at Electric Maid Sunday 10/16, 7pm. More info
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