Albert Chimedza "The Propaganda Helps a Lot"


Photo By Fungai James for Zimbojam

Albert Chimedza was born on 30 September 1955 in Harare . He is a filmmaker, musician, mbira maker, and promoter

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Mbira queens meet Mbira Kings at Dzimbanhete Interactions

By Tavonga K Mafundikwa Arts and Culture Correspondent


Friday the 28th of November 2014 marks a special day at Dzimbanhete  Arts Centre as prolific female mbira ensemble Mhare DzeNhare come out in full force to showcase their exceptional mbira playing skills alongside their equally talented male counterparts Mbira Dzenharira.

Mhare DzeNhare is an all-female mbira band that consist of Tete Benita Tarupiwa, Tete Joyce Warikandwa, Tete Chipo Wazara, Tete Jane Warikandwa and all of the being of the Mhofu Totem

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Mbiravolution lights up Book Cafe tonight

Mbiravolution lights up Book Cafe tonight

July 6, 2013 


THE community of Mbira players, Mbiravolution, will tonight put up a show that will bring together music, poetry and visual arts, all in one at the Book Café.


The event will see talented upcoming artiste Gary Tight churning out his spiritual mbira vibes accompanied by two Mbiravolution resident poets Moreblessing “Momo” Size and Arnold “So Profound” Chirimika.

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Welcome to the mbira online village

This is your one-stop shop for all things mbira.


Mbiravolution is a community of mbira players, researchers, makers and lovers, coming collectively for the enhancement of the mbira instrument and music to fashion mbira 'Transfiguration and Permanence!


Mbira+ rEvolution = Mbiravolution


Mbiravolution develops, protects and preserves the Mbira music and instrument and is a space which will always evolve to serve the best interest of mbira.


Founded in 2012, the community has significantly contributed towards facilitating exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas about the Mbira through strategic programming. Various programs included Concerts, Public Discussion Platforms, Artists Mbira Workshops, Archiving and Mbira Exhibition. This preserves the traditional mbira spaces and also creating new spaces for the beautiful instrument.


Mbiravolution assist the community in developing work that improves livelihoods and contribute to the national heritage and culture.


The Mbira is a very unique instrument to Zimbabwe which is played in diverse contexts such as religious, social and commercial. One of our core objectives is to ensure that this instrument gets more exposure and that its relevance in the mainstream cultural heritage of Zimbabwe is noticed and understood.


No doubt that the Mbira has a strong and solid position in the future and Mbiravolution will play its role to ensure that this position is maintained and that every Zimbabwean gets an opportunity to interact with the esteemed instrument.



It is the hope of Mbiravolution that the dream of A Mbira For Every Child™ will one day be realised.

Mbuya Chiweshe links mbira to spirits

Mbuya Chiweshe links mbira to spirits


Mbira is not an instrument but a spirit, Mbuya Stella Chiweshe has said.

Mbuya Chiweshe said playing the instrument was a calling.


In an interview by Hope Masike at a Mbiravolution night at the Book Cafe this week, the mbira exponent said the spirit calls some people to play the instrument.

"In reality, mbira is a spirit, not a set of wooden bars secured to a wooden board. Mbira calls you if you feel like playing it and for me, I feel refreshed as it completes my life," she said.


She said this while responding to a question on how she felt after playing mbira.

The completion was born out of the need to heal herself after enduring a lot of pain.

"I experienced a ball of fire in my chest during the days and after visiting a healer it was revealed by the spirit that mbira dzangu hadziridzwe nevana vedzimwe harahwa. Mbira dzangu dzicharidzwa nevarimuno with the fingerpointing at me," she revealed.

This led her to seek lessons on how to play it after realising that by playing it would get healed.


"Two years lapsed with the pain and I started to experience as if the instrument was being played in my head. I went to Mhondoro where I was taught to play with my grandfather Maveto.


"When I played Mahororo and Mukatiende the pain eased," she smiled.


However, Chiwoniso Maraire's journey to mbira stardom took a slightly different route.

"It was a family thing since my father Abraham Dumisani Maraire was the first to play it. I started at the tender age of four years playing some meaningful melody," she recalls.

Maraire said that she ventured into the industry with her parents and were later joined by other musicians.


She first recorded a track titled "Aaron" at the age of nine.

The two experts said that the new generation should observe certain protocols in preserving the instrument.


"The first thing is never allow anyone to touch your mbira and that people should learn to respect each other people's mbira since it is spiritual and extension one's self," they said.

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