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Discussion & Demonstration The Mbira, An African Musical Tradition
April 30 @ 2:00 PM PDT
A conversation between scholar Umi Vaughan and author Māhealani Uchiyama in celebration of the release of her book The Mbira, An African Musical Tradition. The book is an overview steeped in the history and tradition of the mbira, the ceremonial instrument of the Zimbabwean people.
The mbira is made of a wooden soundboard and hammered metal keys. It can be played solo or accompanied by singing, clapping, dancing, percussion, or other mbira. In traditional Zimbabwean culture, the mbira is a spiritual practice that bridges the realm of the ancestors and their healing energies with the world of the living.