Mbira singing workshop with Anna Mudeka

Join Anna Mudeka for a special mbira singing workshop on Saturday 25th March at Cranworth Village hall from 10am-4pm.  Audiences will be transported to Zimbabwe through music which has been played for over a thousand years by the Shona people.  Anna will talk and play the Mbira and share traditional songs with […]

Rendezvous with Mbira Player and Singer Hope Masike


Mbira player and singer Hope Masike continues to captivate audiences both in Zimbabwe and abroad with her music. She was interviewed by TRT World as part of ‘Rendezvous’, a series of short portraits of prominent artists and intellectuals around the world. About Hope Masike Masike takes pride in together-blending mbira […]

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: https://play.spotify.com/album/42vxLqvTKLnC6DiyGRcp3E YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzJlODQcmsAV2hBt-IYjQt_UhSqPABmcC ITUNES LINK: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1080544377?ls=1&app=itunes APPLE MUSIC LINK: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1080544377 GOOGLE PLAY LINK: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Gabriel_Makamanzi_and_the_Afresh_Band_Ndangariro?id=B3y2qspllrifklx5yfcj4mihnzi ` BANDCAMP LINK: http://afreshband.bandcamp.com/album/ndangariro      

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, […]