“There is an instrument that can hardly be heard; it is played in Africa for oneself alone, inside the hut, or outside without bothering or attracting anyone. Rudimentary, archaic, apparently put together haphazardly, freely, by the village blacksmith, the sanzas (that is its name): no two the same, no good even for a slightly elaborated melody, it is independent of any scale, anarchical! A music of murmurs, the opposite of music for competitions, compositions. Instrument to relieve us…
KORA AWARDS : Au Coeur De La MBIRA Instrument Africain De Musique Originaire Du Zimbabwe , tirant ses origines dans la mythologie africaine et dans la littérature historique des Shonas. ; La mbira est un des instruments africains les plus anciens. De nombreuses légendes circulent au Zimbabwe concernant ses origines. La mbira trouve ainsi ses racines
The Mbira instrument of Zimbabwe is probably one of the most difficult instruments to play. Hundreds of years old with a rich recorded history of songs passed down through generations. Depending on the type of Mbira, there are 22-28 metal keys that are played in a plucking motion.
Mbira-- is an African musical instrument consisting of a wooden board (often fitted with a resonator) with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs. The mbira is usually classified as part of the lamellaphone family, and part of the idiophone family of musical instruments.