Gabriel Makamanzi Album on Sale


Gabriel Makamanzi and the Afresh Band’s hit album Ndangariro is now available to buy via all major online music stores. Please see below SPOTIFY LINK: YOUTUBE LINK: ITUNES LINK: APPLE MUSIC LINK: GOOGLE PLAY LINK: ` BANDCAMP LINK:      

African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe

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Historian Mhoze Chikowero’s new book reveals the role of music in the subjugation and liberation of African culture. By Jim Logan for The Current History records colonialism as a lingering infection of violent domination. The conquerors arrive with avarice and superior weapons, and maintain order through intimidation. Sometimes, though, says […]

Voting for Hope Masike for KORA Award

Hope Masike has been nominated for the prestigious KORA All-Africa Music Awards under the Best Traditional Female Artist of Africa category. The mbira player will be up against 5 other nominees on the 20th of March. Huyai Tinamate Hope was nominated for her track Huyai Tinamate which you can listen to […]

Gabriel Makamanzi and the Afresh Band

Just before Christmas last year I came across the new 9 track album, Ndangariro, by Northern Ireland-based Zimbabwean musician Gabriel Makamanzi and the Afresh Band.  I listened, the opening track took me places, I picked up the phone and called Northern Ireland to chat with Sekuru Lavender, as Gabriel is popularly known, […]

Nhapitapi Mbira Intensive Weekend


Nhapitapi is coming around again- a late winter jolt of bracing mbira music to chase away the winter blahs! Join  Claire Jones for the 9th Annual Nhapitapi Mbira Weekend open to all mbira players from beginning through to advanced levels. Date: February 26 – 28, 2016 Time: Friday 5:30 pm – […]