A View on Innovation and Preservation in African Music

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An opinion piece by Andreas Keller (Nannus) This article was originally a comment to an article by Ignatius Mabasa on this post Zimbabwe: Artistes Must Try New Things. The question raised in Mabasa’s article is whether musicians should innovate or just preserve the old music. I think both must be done. I […]

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 […]

Ticha Muzavazi’s Nyunga Mbira Handbook Launch


Renowned Zimbabwean mbira teacher, player, manufacturer and poet Ticha Muzavazi (Trust Mutekwa) will be launching a groundbreaking mbira handbook for nyunga nyunga on the 11th of March. With copies already selling fast, make sure that you get your hands on a copy. What’s in the handbook? If you are wondering […]

Join Caution Shonhai at Camp Pamuzinda


Renowned mbira player and teacher Caution Shonhai will be hosting Camp Pamuzinda from 9am February 5th  to 9am February 18, 2017. About Camp Pamuzinda The camp will be at Nyamayaro village in Nyamweda, Mhondoro, Zimbabwe.   this is a great opportunity to  learn how to play traditional mbira as well as other […]

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: 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 […]